The Hononegah Indians varsity football team has been put on probation and is being forced to forfeit one of its wins due to an eligibility issue.
The IHSA determined that an ineligible student participated on the Hononegah varsity football team this past season. IHSA Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha says a student was non-compliant with the association's transfer by-laws, making him ineligible for athletics in the current school year.
As a result, the program has been put on probation until October 24, 2013 and has agreed to forfeit one of its 9 wins this past season. The Indians went 8-1 in the NIC-10 this year, finishing second in the conference. They went 1-1 in the playoffs, bowing out in round two against Lake Zurich.
The school has agreed to forfeit its win in September over the Harlem Huskies, which results in Harlem moving up to second place in the NIC-10 standings and Hononegah falling to third place.
In a statement, Hononegah Community High School District #207 says it is serious about following IHSA rules for all student athletes and accepts full responsibility for the situation. The District is taking corrective measures to assure that the football program is and will remain in compliance with all IHSA bylaws.
If Hononegah violates the terms of its probation, the IHSA says the penalties will be stronger next time.
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