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Possible Probation for River View Boy's Basketball

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       River View High School is in danger of forfeiting all games from the boy's basketball 2009-2010 season.  A banner year for the team, which won the SCAC league title.  

    As it stands right now…  last year's River View boy's basketball team will have to forfeit all games and its league title.  All because of one player is being ruled ineligible from the 2009-2010 squad.  That's the ruling from the YVIAA Board and the league.

     The player in question is current sixth year senior Juan Contreras.  This all came to light in September when the school attempted to gain eligibility for the presumed fifth senior.  The WIAA granted permission under the hardship rule, however, an appeal showed Contreras had used up his eligibility… as far back as last year.  Meaning he should not have been allowed to play last season.

     Now although Contreras will not be able to suit up this season… Athletic Director John Doran contends had the school made the appeal last year Contreras would have been granted eligibility to play.

    There is an after the fact rule in the handbook… under Penalty for use of an ineligible participant… "Forfeit all contests involved, unless the participant is found to be eligible by the
District Eligibility Committee after the contests have been played." 

    River View High School will be appealing the league's decision about the forfeiture of its league title from last season.  That hearing will take place on the weekend of March 20th of next year, in front of the 9 member district panel.