Maiden vacates win, had ineligible player in 3 games

Maiden High School made the announcement Monday that it is forfeiting one of its win from the 2011 season — the first time in Blue Devils’ football history that a win has been vacated.

The Blue Devils (2-3) defeated St. Stephens on Sept. 9, 36-10, but used an ineligible player during the game.

The school notified the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) and St. Stephens High School of the player’s involvement in the game and that it had forfeited the victory.

In accordance with NCHSAA rules, Maiden has also paid the fee of $500 for using an ineligible player. Its varsity football team’s record has also been adjusted from 3-2 to 2-3.

According to the school, the player, who was not identified, did not meet academic requirements set forth by the NCHSAA to participate in the game.

The student’s name was name not placed on an eligibility sheet, but he dressed for the game.

Despite being involved in the Lincolnton and Hickory games, no forfeits are required because Maiden lost both games.

The player in question did not participate in Maiden’s two wins this season. He did not play against North Lincoln due to being sick and was removed from the line-up before Maiden’s game against Newton-Conover last Friday after it was discovered he was ineligible.

According to the NCHSAA’s handbook on eligiblity, “It shall be the responsibility of the principal to see that no ineligible player participates. Schools should use the eligibility checklist developed by the NCHSAA and it is recommended that the eligibility power point presentation be made available for athletes, guidance counselors, other administrators and parents, especially at the preseason meeting.”

The Blue Devils will try to put the controversy behind them Friday, when they welcome West Caldwell for homecoming Friday.