Middleton High School forfeit boys hockey playoff game due to ineligible student-athlete
MIDDLETON, Wis.– The Middleton High School boys hockey team was forced to forfeit Tuesday’s playoff game after a ineligible student-athlete played, according to a district spokesperson.
The @MiddletonHockey forfeiture appears to be a residency issue with one of the players. The player has been in and out of the district in recent years. The player came back this year, his family did not.
— Rob Reischel (@robreischel) February 20, 2020
A student-athlete was found to not meet Wisconsin Interscholastic Athlete Association’s residency requirement before the start of the 2019-2020 season. At some point during the season, additional information indicated that he did meet the eligibility requirements, but that information was not shared with the WIAA, according to Director of Communications Perry Hibner.
“We are extremely disappointed our boys hockey team had to forfeit its win on Tuesday night and wasn’t able to play in the regional final,’’ Hibner said. “We work extremely hard to make sure the rules are followed. This was not a malicious attempt on the part of the athletic department or boys hockey program to circumvent the rules.”
We regret to announce that we have had to forfeit our win Tuesday evening against Tomah/Sparta due to the inadvertent use of an ineligible player. The entire Cardinal Family, Coaches, and Administration are heartbroken for the kids who have worked so hard this season.
— MHS Hockey (@MiddletonHockey) February 20, 2020
The Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District is investigating how this happened, according to Hibner.
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