Hononegah Community High School takes the blow for a student's ineligibility this football season. The Illinois High School Association recently became aware of the player's ineligibility and penalized the school with a year-long probation period.
The Hononegah Indians finished their football season 9 and 2, but as part of the team's punishment, they have to forfeit one of those wins. The IHSA selected the September 28th NIC-10 game against Harlem High School, which Hononegah won 28-18. Losing this win also strips the Indians' football team of their NIC-10 second place standing. They are now in third, and the Harlem Huskies take their place at second.
"We just want to make sure we're moving forward in a positive way and accept full responsibility for what has occurred as a school district and as administration." -says Hononegah Community High School District Superintendent Lynn Gibson.
Gibson can't say much about the ineligibility issue.
"Due to confidentiality, we do not talk about students or anything to do with their situations." -she says.
The cause of the student's ineligibility is known. According to IHSA Assistant Executive Director Matt Troha, that player was non-compliant with the association's transfer by-laws. He is ineligible for this current school year. Find out more about IHSA's transfer by-laws here.
The school's probation is scheduled to end October 2013. IHSA's Executive Director will be watching the school closely between now and then.
"If there are any other violations or any other rulings there could be more severe consequences." -says Gibson.
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