ENDWELL, NY (WBNG) – The Maine-Endwell School District will appeal a decision by the New York State Public High School Athletic Association that would strike five of the soccer team’s six wins in the 2021 season, to middle of questions about a player’s residential requirements.
Jason Van Fossen, superintendent of Maine-Endwell, said the district was informed on Oct. 22 that the Section IV Sports Council had decided it would force the “confiscation of five victories for the college football team in because of an ineligible player participating in the team, “according to a statement released Tuesday afternoon.
The school is waiting for a court date.
Lawyers for the player’s father provided a copy of a lawsuit filed in Broome County Supreme Court on Tuesday. The lawsuit claims the student-athlete would be injured if he was not allowed to play football the rest of the season as colleges recruit players, and the student was recruited by SUNY Buffalo and West Point.
The lawsuit claims the player lived and attended Vestal High School last year before being transferred to Maine-Endwell in July 2021. The lawsuit also claims that “all residency / registration requirements necessary for make the transfer were fulfilled in July 2021 ”and the The student“ was therefore eligible to participate in all aspects of student life and particularly with regard to participation in sporting activities ”.
Lawyer says the student’s inability to play football “would have a devastating impact on his chances of getting and securing football scholarships worth hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential scholarships and benefits. associates ”.
The student was not allowed to play on October 22 and October 29 due to the suspension.
The lawsuit also includes a copy of a letter denying the student’s transfer request and another letter from the superintendent regarding proof of residency. Both letters were written to omit the student’s name and are published below.
SECTION IV LETTER FROM THE ATHLETIC COUNCIL TO MAINE-ENDWELL
LETTER FROM SUPERINTENDENT JASON VAN FOSSEN REGARDING THE TRANSFER
On the pitch, all of Maine-Endwell’s new losses will be recorded with final scores of 1-0, aside from his most recent victory. With this, the classification of class B changes. Owego is now at the top of the class with a 2-1 record in Class B.
Outside of the class, Chenango Forks has gone from 6-1 to 7-0 this season, as their only loss of the year came from Maine-Endwell.