BREAKING: Amherst football must forfeit all wins, ineligible for playoffs |  High school sports

BREAKING: Amherst football must forfeit all wins, ineligible for playoffs | High school sports

**This story was updated with more information at 5:15 p.m.

AMHERST, Wis. (WAOW) – The Amherst football team has been declared ineligible for the playoffs and must forfeit all of its wins, according to a news release from the Tomorrow River School District (TRSD) on Thursday.

The reason for the WIAA’s decision was unanimous (9-0 vote) and based on an Amherst football player who had previously exhausted his athletic eligibility because he participated in football in another school district in 2018, according to a press release from Tomorrow River School District.

TRSD officials argued that this eligibility issue was not known to the school and could not have been discovered by the school or its athletic director Shawn Groshek through the WIAA procedures in place at the school. era.

“We are extremely disappointed with this unreasonable decision by the WIAA,” District Administrator Mike Richie said. “The facts in this case clearly show that none of the WIAA processes in place at the time would have

allowed us to discover this situation. As a result, the WIAA is unfairly harming our district, our student-athletes, and our entire community. We have done everything in our power to try to reverse this unfair decision.

AD Groshek was notified on Monday, October 10 by the WIAA that the association had received an allegation from an unidentified outside person of an ineligible player participating in the Amherst varsity football team.

The administrators of Groshek and TRSD immediately began investigating this allegation and responded with an appeal document to the WIAA on October 11. On Wednesday, October 12, the WIAA informed TRSD of its decision and

offered the district the option to appeal to the Board of Control on Thursday. Ultimately, these district efforts failed to change the decision, according to the press release.

The student was homeschooled and played freshman/JV football at another school in central Wisconsin in 2018. He was not enrolled in any classes at the school, according to the news release. WIAA regulations state that a student-athlete cannot compete in WIAA sports for more than four consecutive years. Thus, this would have meant that the 2021-2022 school year would have been the last year of eligibility for this student.

Neither Groshek nor the Amherst school administration knew of the player’s involvement in 2018 until Oct. 1. 10, the statement said.

District officials say the information they have from the SPCA shows the student-athlete did not play any sports there as a freshman.

The press release also says:

“It appears that the school, which is not affiliated with the WIAA, only offers basketball

as a boy’s sport. He also did not participate in football in his second school year (2020-21) at Amherst.

Instead, he played football for Amherst in the fall of 2020. In 2021-22, he joined the Amherst football team for his first competitive school football season as a junior .

Amherst Football will face Stratford at Marshfield on Friday in what will be the Falcons’ final game of the season. Prior to the decision, both teams were undefeated in conference play.

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