Major League Baseball suspended more than dozen players in connection to performance enhancing drugs Monday. That includes New York Yankees superstar Alex Rodriguez.
While this is a blow for baseball fans, some local athletes are using it as motivation to succeed the right way.
This is senior Mitchell Schreiner's last year playing football and baseball for Logan High School in La Crosse.
“I just love the games getting to be out there with the guys, getting to compete (and) having fun,” said Schreiner.
He fell in love with the two sports as a young kid, and like many, he grew up with dreams of making it to the big leagues.
“As you kind of move along, you just think you know it's kind of a distant dream, but you still love the game and love to play,” said Schreiner.
The news of the suspensions is devastating for him and his teammates.
“Everyone looks us to these guys, and to see them having gone through everything and to think, ‘Oh, maybe I could be like him,’ but then find out they cheat, it's just kind of a letdown,” said Schreiner.
The suspension of Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun about two weeks ago is especially tough for Schreiner who plays outfielder for Logan.
“He was one of my favorites, yeah,” said Schreiner.
“In my opinion, we have the kids convinced it's just a short cut,” said Steve Hole, activities director for Logan High School.
Hole said while news of the suspensions could create more temptation for students to use performance enhancing drugs, it has never been an issue at the school.
“I really think if you just have honest discussions with them about the dangers (and) about the effects, they see that they really don't need to,” said Hole.
Hole said all of his student athletes are taught true success comes without performance enhancing drugs.
“Hard work,” said Hole. “You can't beat hard work, and if you do the things you're supposed to do day in and day out, and eat the right foods, stay away from a lot of the unhealthy stuff, you're going to be just fine, and your performance is going to be just as good as it needs to be,” said Hole.
“I don't really see why people do it,” said Schreiner. “You get so much more satisfaction from yourself without having to put something in your body.”
Now as the school year starts and sports gets under way, Schreiner won't be looking to his former favorites for inspiration, but rather players who have made it with hard work and dedication.
“You've just got to move on and find somebody new,” said Schreiner.
The La Crosse school district has stiff penalties for students caught using performance enhancing drugs.
On the first offense, students are suspended for half of the season. If the student turns themselves in, the student can get that punishment reduced to a fourth of the season. On the second offense, students are suspended for the entire season, and the third is the entire year.
A representative from the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association said they don't see much of a problem with performance enhancing drugs in Wisconsin.
At most, it's maybe one or two instances a year, if that, of student athletes using performance enhancing drugs.
Major League Baseball has issued 43 drug-related suspensions since 2005, but A-Rod is the highest profile player to get caught up in a doping scandal. He said he plans to appeal the suspension.