MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Martinsburg senior quarterback Malique Watkins has been ruled ineligible by the WVSSAC, as a court injunction allowed Watkins to play in this past Friday’s game against Morgantown, a 28-21 win for the Bulldogs.

According to court documents obtained by MetroNews, the SSAC based its ruling upon W.V.C.S.R 127-2-5.3.a, which states: “A student held back one year on sixth, seventh, or eighth grade without failing shall lose the fourth year of eligibility after entering ninth grade.”

Essentially, the rule is in place to prevent students from gaining a year of athletic advantage due to an extra year of physical maturity – students, however, are eligible if they were held back for academic failure.

In 2008-2009, Watkins was an eighth grader at North Middle School in Berkeley County where he received “C” and “D” grades. After that year, his parents decided to transfer Watkins to Saint James in Maryland, a private school. However, after placement testing per Saint James policy, Watkins didn’t qualify for the ninth grade (despite passing the eighth grade level at North Middle School in West Virginia).

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Martinsburg quarterback Malique Watkins has been ruled ineligible by the WVSSAC, but a injunction allowed him to play last week against Morgantown.

Watkins was then placed as an eighth grader at St. James for the 2009-2010 school year. Watkins later returned to school for the 2010-2011 school year as a ninth grader at Hedgesville where he played freshman level sports prior to eventually transferring again to Martinsburg.

The SSAC made Martinsburg aware of the potential conflict prior to week one of the season as Watkins sat that week out. Then, on September 26th, the SSAC ruled Watkins was officially ineligible.

“Our responsibility as an office is to enforce the rules that are provided and handed down to us by our member school principals and individuals that write the rules,” said WVSSAC executive director Gary Ray. “Our job is to apply the rules that are written.”

Ray, though, said there was no clause written in that would take into account a student that didn’t qualify at a school out of state, but did qualify instate.

“There is not,” Ray said. “We look at county policies and or policies of our member private schools in our state and with our middle schools in how they retain students.”

As for moving forward, Ray wouldn’t speculate on how any games would be handled if Watkins continues to play with the court injunction in place.

“We have a forfeiture rule in place that I would have to look at depending on each situation,” Ray said. “We do have a rule that addresses if a student participates under a court order that we would look at and address. I won’t presume and predict what may happen as to what I would or wouldn’t do. Until I have all facts in hand, I won’t make a determination.”

But, whether or not Watkins plays in the coming weeks is still to be determined – the Bulldogs may have to forfeit any wins they get with Watkins playing if the SSAC decision stands.

“The next move would up to the school to go through the appeals process – the next level would be to the board of directors,” Ray said.

A circuit court hearing, though, is already scheduled for permanent injunction relief.

Watkins, meanwhile, has over 700 yards rushing on the year and seven rushing touchdowns, leading a high-powered Martinsburg offense.

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  • EP Haters

    The rule in question shouldn't be applied here. The essence of the rule is for a kid "voluntarily" being held back to manipulate the system.

    The kid transferred to Saint James and took an entrance exam that placed him in the 8th grade there. He wasn't held back, he was placed in the appropriate grade administratively based on his academics....the equivalent of failing a grade. If he had failed the 8th grade at North Middle, this wouldn't be an issue.

    Does anyone else see a problem with this situation?

    • Anita Beerman

      No. Actually I applaud the parents or guardians, whoever made the decision to move this child to better him academically. If this was a plan hatched years ago, congrats on this working out four years down the road...colleges can't even get "recruits" to pan out that well. Let the kid play!!

    • Joe

      No problem. Could not have said it better myself. The kid is a senior - let him play ball like any other activity. If he was in the chess club would he have to forfeit those matches?

      • Jum

        If he wasn't the best player on the best team then it wouldn't even be a problem, but just like the last three years, Martinsburg has to play against the refs, opposing team, and the state. Don't doubt Mitchell Henson. And Eric Mitchell is just as fast as Malik Watkins. Deamonte Lindsay had 113 TDs vs Morgantown on like 18 carries. That's about the same pace as Chazzy. 31 carries for Deamonte Lindsay will equal around 225+ yards.

      • Paul

        If the rules were broken, he shouldnt play. Period. We'll see what plays outm

    • Reggie

      No problem with Malique playing. He is still one of the youngest qbs in the area. Hedgesville and musslemans qbs are both older.

    • StarInWV

      I would prefer to say he failed to enter the 9th grade and therefore it was necessary for him to repeat the 8th grade at an institution that had more stringent requirments. Whether the school was in state or not, all WVSSAC needs to do is look at the rules set for it's private school members and see if anything applies. I don't think they are applying the correct rule. If none exists, the SSAC has not proved ineligibility.

  • Matt

    No horse in this race, but my son is being recruited to play baseball by several schools and also is a very large part of his high school football team, i would love to see him have another year of high school after this year. He is a stud now, what about another year. Agian i hope what
    is going on was not premeditated, if not then i am ok, but hard to decide on this.

  • bystander

    Jim, you throw a lot of "if's" into the equation. Who is to say that if Malik didn't score those 3 touchdowns that another player would not have. When a running back carries the ball 33 times he is bound to reach the end zone a few times behind a good line.
    Fumbles are part of the game. Mo Town made them and Martinsburg didn't.
    Any body can say "What If".
    The fact is that Martinsburg won!
    No one can say that they would not have won if Malik wasnt playing that game.
    If letting him play is such a bad thing then WV should not let 8th graders play freshman football. It is no different!!!!

    • Paul

      Bystander, Jim was there. I dont think he ever said who he was or wasnt rooting for. Hes simply giving his point of view. No big deal. Martinsburg won. I understand what hes saying. Im a Steelers fan. I could say, "IF been didnt fumble, the Steelers might have won." Its just my point of view like he has his.

  • Billie

    If they really want to do something to level the field start testing for performance enhancers in all student athletes, Im sure that would thin the herd a bit, And it has nothing to do with this story but I see kids who are juiced up and when I was in school there was always someone taking something.

  • st james grad

    st james is a prep school with high academic standards and helps students get into better colleges. it is typical for students from public school to be asked to repeat the same grade especially ones with average grades.
    st james also places the student in the grade based on its entrance exam. I am sure it was not his choice to repeat the 8th grade. he was likely told he had to repeat in order to go to this school.

    • Jim is an idiot

      That's along my angle of response. He wasn't voluntarily held back. He was placed in 8th grade due to standards that are higher than wv public school.

      • StarInWV

        Again we have to look at what the intent was and what the rule was meant to safeguard. Surely Watkins didn't repeat 8th grade to letter in varsity football at St. James. Rational people should understand this. There is no cheating here and no one is trying to pull wool over anyone's eyes. It's transparent and the admin at Martinsburg appear to be doing what they think are in the team's best interest.

    • Mark

      Well said!
      Maybe I don't understand the WVSSAC rules, but why punish an athlete when the school he attended held him back because he didn't place scholastically into the grade he was to begin. Let the kid play.....
      Seems as though the student is being forgotten in this whole discussion!

      • Paul

        Completely disagree. The rule was about a student being held back. The rest is jibberish.

        • EP Haters

          Paul....the kid wasn't held back. He passed the 8th grade, enrolled at a school with high academic standards and was administratively placed in the 8th grade.....essentially the same as him failing the 8th grade....which would make him eligible.

          • Paul

            Leave it to the SSAC. Your opionion is just that....yours.

          • Paul

            EP Hater, let me quote word for word. "According to court documents obtained by MetroNews, the SSAC based its ruling upon W.V.C.S.R 127-2-5.3.a, which states: “A student held back one year on sixth, seventh, or eighth grade without failing shall lose the fourth year of eligibility after entering ninth grade.” As I understand it, it doesn't read if a student is held back because he failed, it says held back "WITHOUT FAILING." He didn't fail.

          • bwilliams

            If this stands, then every kid who thinks they have a chance can apply to the toughest prep school they can find, flunk the test and get held back. That's why the SSAC will not change it's mind.

  • Jim is an idiot

    Jim, Thomas didn't fumble. The defense took the ball from him. All this man up talk, your team should've manned up. You should man up and eat your loss.

    • jim

      I don't even live in WV! As a former player who still loves the game, I came to watch a great football game & that is what I saw. Call it whatever you want, but either way it turned into a 14 point swing. If you really want to get specific, can you tell me how many touchdowns Watkins made? The facts are that he scored 3, so 21 of the 28 points were made by this player. I personally don't care which way the SSAC rules on this, but I would like the discussions to be about the facts! No racist comments, no putting a spin on things depending on which school you favor, etc. I may be an idiot, but I saw one heck of a high school football game last Friday night. My thing is, if the administration knew this and chose to play him anyway, then they should take whatever the final decision is and live with it. I hope you all have a wonderful day and good luck to both teams in the future. Youth sports would be a wonderful thing if parents would just remember to support the kids & pray that none of them get hurt!

      • Paul

        Jim. Well said. What I dont like is the clear presence of Martinsburg fans angry with the SSAC and them following the rules. If Martisburg wins another championship, fine. AS LONG AS ITS FAIR! Thats all. Its up to the SSAC.

        • EP Haters

          What I don't like is all of the rebel risers throwing stones and claiming that MHS is purposely violating a rule. The rule is very obscure and in my opinion doesn't fit this situation because he wasn't held back.

          • Paul

            What I dont like are the supporters of Martinsburg whom are so fast to declare this kid eligible before the SSAC appeals the court ruling. If it were a team I followed, Id have the decency to say, "If thats the rule and it was broken, then thats the way it is." Let me be clear. I am supporting the ruling handed down by the SSAC.For

          • Paul

            For the record, back when Martinsburg first showed up in the state championship games and since, I supported the Bulldogs. I have supported a few under dog teams as well as teams I knew where the best. The only team Ive rooted against was South Charleston. Just because I support rules doesnt mean I hate a team for winning.

  • Jim is an idiot

    My name says it all

    • Paul

      I know Jim dont need me to fight his battles, but this comment is really pathetic. Keep it clean.

  • jim

    Seems to me the administration was made aware of this by the SSAC. They chose to sit him out against lesser competition, but decided to play their best player against Morgantown. For the record, Morgantown outplayed Martinsburg and should have won the game. If it hadn't been for two Morgantown fumbles the score would have been Morgantown 28-21 over Martinsburg even with their best player (Watkins) on the field). The coaching staff knew this was a possibility and that is why they chose to play him. Take the penalty like a man and if they are really that good and much better than any other team in WV, then keep him out for the rest of the year against lesser teams and let them prove how good they really are in the playoffs!

    • Martinsburg paremt

      Malik did not play defense so how did he affect Morgantowns offense?

      • jim

        I never said he did. The facts are that Morgantown fumbled on the one yard line (7 points lost) and then again around the 25 with Martinsburg running it in for a score (7 points gained). Eliminate these two fumbles and Martinsburg loses 28-21! Anyone that watched the game could see that Martinsburg was outplayed! They could also see that Watkins was the best (and almost only) player that Martinsburg had. These facts are indisputable!!

        • Martinsburg parent

          The word IF has no place in football. Martinsburg clearly dominated the entire game and turned the turnovers into points. Malik was the best athlete on the field take Chazy off of Morgantown then they are a C team at best with a goof defense and no offense.

        • Joe

          Turnovers are part of the game. I was there. Martinsburg outplayed Morgantown. Just because they fumble inside the 5 doesn't mean that if they didn't fumble they would have scored a touchdown. We don't know. Could have held them out of the endzone, or held them to a field goal. M'burg had several stupid penalties. If they don't commit them, they don't help Morgantown keep drives alive. Turnovers, penalties and even weather are all part of the game.

        • Jum

          Actually he played the last few games, not just the first. And that's because FIRST the SSAC said he was inelligible then they cleared him the next week so he could play until after The Motown game is was brought up. You're a morgantown fan (sore loser) and don't know anything about the situation. However, Martinsburg could've easily been up 42-14 in the game. And it's not like Motown would've scored on the drive that Mburg recovered the fumble for a TD, Mburg would've shut them down. Chazzy had 2 good plays all night let's be honest. And HD Woodson would probably beat MoTown for the record. So would state college and tuscarora.

        • At The Game

          I was at the game last Friday night when Martinsburg played Morgantown. Had it not been for a questionable pass interference call against Martinsburg, the Bulldogs would have won by 2 touch downs. Martinsburg clearly outplayed Morgantown. The simple fact is had they not, they would have lost the game. All in all it was a good hard fought football game and the BETTER team won! Now grow up and get over it.......

    • Anita Beerman

      Jim,

      If IF's and BUT's were candy and nuts, we would all have snacks to chew on . Looks like all you have are sour grapes!!

    • Jdough

      If, if, if, if....doesn't matter. They did fumble. Mistakes are part of the game. The better team won. Martinsburg made mistakes too in that game...maybe IF Martinsburg hadn't made those mistakes they would have won by more.

    • mark

      should of could of would of give me a break!

  • Old school

    Played ball at North and MHS, haven't lived in the burg since '78. Back then schools held kids back for academics, does anybody out there know of a kid being held back for grades in this century????? Getting c's and a d's in the current public school system indicates your child isn't learning squat. I applaued the parents for making the change to give him a chance at a future. Now, is the WVSSAC a governing body or a worthless waste of tax dollars that only reacts when a sore loser makes a fuss? Look at the boy from Elkins last year. Why wasn't Watkins eligibility ruled on when he transferred to Hedgesville. Why wasn't it questioned when he transferred to MHS?? If the WVSSAC was doing their job, this would have been dealt with 4 yrs ago. The boy has been part of the TEAM for years, teams win together and lose together, I say play him and if they forfeit the games, so be it. The WV courts may beat the Dogs, but no WV high school team has done it in this decade.

    • Nuetrality

      Why is no one getting that he is ineligible his FOURTH year. Not his freshman, sophomore or junior year???? It seems that the Martinsburg fans cry and yell foul whenever they get caught. It has gotten really old. Rules are rules! I also agree that school districts should be adhered to, no exceptions.

    • beth

      I agree with old school here. This kids parents did the right thing for their kid in hopes that he would be a better education kid and now WVSSAC just needs a way to dethrone Martinsburg from football. shameless WV redneck crap. no respect for the eastern panhandle ever. As for Hedgesville, they belong down state with the rest of the rednecks from our state. no respect to them from us because they have and will always be sore losers

  • Leon

    Not Walker s first trip down this road. Nor is it Martinsburg s first ride at the Rodeo. Let's look at previous champions in AAA. Almost every one has a transfer (s) that come into question, or a thugocracy factor. This includes Park S , MHS, South Chas,Motown, Big Reds of Park. Lots of questions at Brooke with meteoric rise under Bruney Don't know if correlation or not. Seems the schools that follow rules to letter, play their games , others don't and win championships. Is it really worth it ? Courts have clouded the scholastic scene horribly. Whatever happened to this is where you live so this is where you go to school. Otherwise don't have attendance zones. I assume they are designed for a reason.

  • Paul

    Look guys. Im not accusing anyone of cheating. I will say, when the WVSSAC makes a ruling, it should be adhered to. To me, as an outsider, it looks like win at all costs. Thats not fair to the other players on the team, fans, or anyone else. Im afraid that if this follows the South Charleston path, then Martinsburgs whole season could be lost.

    • EP Haters

      So you're not accusing anyone of cheating, but saying that it looks like MHS is winning at all costs. What does that mean mr officer?

      • Paul

        Whether you like it or not bud, its how it looks. Im for the following of the rules. I havent strayed.

        • EP Haters

          I don't care either way. MHS will play based on the decision made. People like you are insinuating that MHS purposely violated a rule to "win at all costs." It's just not true, and you'll see once this decision is overturned. Then, I'd like you to publicly apologize to the school, the team, and Malik on this same messageboard.

          Don't say you're "not accusing anyone of cheating" then say it "looks like win at all costs." You're contradicting yourself.

          • Paul

            Boy, you don't give up do you. Apologize? For what? Do you comprehend what you read? I said and I'll say it again, to an outsider, it looks like win at all costs. Now EP Hater, lets not put words in others mouths, especially when they are speaking in general terms. I said' "IT LOOKS LIKE." Never said it was. Therefore, no accusation of accusing any one was ever made. It does lead some to believe, and if you read others quotes, it will prove what I have said. Thank you. I doubt I'll get an apology from you sir.

  • Wvcoltsfan

    It's not recruiting when they show up on your door step.

  • kevin

    Broken record playing the same song over and over. Wasn't too long ago they were in a similar situation with an ineligible kid that had transferred. Might be time to take a little deeper look into the "recruiting"

    • Cheryl

      You must be from Hedgesville
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    • mary

      Rules are rules. What kind example is being set for the students if the rules are not followed and enforced? It is ok to cheat as long as we win. I don't care what school it is. Right is right and wrong is wrong.

    • Buddy Boy

      You hit the nail on the head. Martinsburg scours the area and then funnels them in in the 9th grade where it is halfway legal but if they spot one of this caliber then all of a sudden they "move" to Martinsburg. The reason this system gets by is because yes other schools do it in other sports and they usually don't want to be hypocritical and turn someone else in. This does seem to be a vendetta but if you cheat Karma eventually gets you. And Martinsburg gets players from 3 states not just WV.

      • Paul

        I do understand why some people feel the way they do about Martinsburg. I read an article in the Charleston news paper that said Martinsburg had to forfiet two games a while back for using a player whos grades were not high enough for him to play. It does look bad.

  • Paul

    Okay. I want to make sure I understand. Watkins, the best player at Martinsburg, was suspended from play because he was held back a year. The WVSSAC, made the ruling and the coaches knew. They sat him out one game, while the suspension was on. Then started playing him. Knowing what the SSAC had already ruled. The rule was that if a player was held back a year. Didnt say to what states standards. Just if a player was held back. I am not against Martinsburg. I am looking at this from what the rules say. If the courts want to be consistent, they should allow the WVSSAC rules to be enforced and stay out of it. Just like they did with South Charleston.

    • Billie

      The rule is a joke so if a 5th grader got held back it would be fine , He would still be more mature and older than the other kids, What this says is that WV schools are a joke and send kids through even if they are not ready, Its out of his control and let him play, Don't punish a kid for something that happened out of his control. The courts will find in favor of Martinsburg if they don't something is wrong with this State.

      • Paul

        Billie, that made no sense. The story gave the grades affected. Its the rule. I am not against Martinsburg here. I am for the obeying of the rules the SSAC handed down. Period.

      • Larry

        It's about being held back without failing, he had the grades to pass, albeit barely, in WV, so in reality he would have graduated last year.

      • danny coleman

        I agree this is a joke

    • EP Haters

      He wasn't held back a year. He was placed in a grade that St James felt was appropriate for his academic progress based on an entrance exam and their own academic standards. The essence of the rule doesn't fit the situation.

      • Stiener

        Dude! Did you read the article? He was held back. You sound like a homer. Does Martinsburgs team only have one player? Im from PA, but it looks like theres one player the team cant win without. Too much fuss ya ask me.

    • DWM

      It would seem to me that when he went to St James and was tested for entry into that school and failed to meet the 9th grade requirements, shouldn't that be considered "failing" to advance a grade and not being just held back? That being the case, I see no rule being broken.

      • Stiener

        The rule doesn't state that he had to fail to be held back. It says, held back WITHOUT failing.

      • WVU86

        Incorrect conclusion DWM. By what authority can St. James "fail" a WV student? There is none. Watkins passed 8th grade in W.Va. St. James' decision to make him repeat 8th grade was based on their private school admission standards and has zero bearing in this ruling.

        • DWM

          WVU88- The rule is not that clear in that they don't define the term "failing" and they certainly don't stipulate that the failure has to occur as part of a full term year and at a WV school. If you ask the people at St James, I'm sure they will tell you that he failed to meet the requirements for advancement into their 9th grade and was put back into the 8th grade. My guess is that will be the critical issue when he is deemed eligible to play this year, as he should be.

          • WVU86

            Actually DWM, it think the SSAC has made it clear what is the standard for "failing" in this matter. His one year at St. James certainly clouds the issue of how many years of eligibility he truly has but what is clear is that Watkins cannot have "failed" 8th grade by the simple fact that St. James told him to repeat 8th grade there. It's absurd to think a private school in Maryland can declare that a student "failed" a grade level in West Virginia. The next chapter is supposed to be today but I'd be shocked if the locally elected judge did not rule in Watkins favor (and look for the SSAC to appeal to the state supreme court).

          • EP Haters

            WVU86...I'm not so sure you understand the process here. The injunction isn't in play to overturn their decision. It's in play to allow Malik to continue to be a part of the team until the SSAC meets 2 weeks from now and grants the school an official appeal. This whole Supreme Court talk is all for nothing.

          • WVU86

            I understand the injunction DWM - which will probably made "permanent" today by a local judge. I have not read anywhere in the media that the Martinsburg HS officials are scheduled to go through the SSAC board of directors anytime soon. If that is the case, then Watkins has a chance to remain eligible but I wouldn't hold my breath. Historically, the SSAC rarely reverses itself. If Martinsburg relies solely on a circuit judge's ruling of an permanent injunction, then rest assured the SSAC will take it to the Supreme Court and history is squarely on the side of the SSAC. Martinsburg is rolling the dice by playing Watkins against an SSAC directive. Maybe the gamble pays off, but I wouldn't bet on it.

          • EP Haters

            We'll see after this weekend. If they SSAC takes it to the State Supreme Court, that will indicate that they are refusing the kid's/school's right of appeal. They definitely won't grant an emergency appeal, so if one is granted it won't be until 3 weeks from now...I believe their next meeting in around the 22nd or 23rd of this month. The Berkeley County BOE has publicly backed the school and is currently in court stating that they feel as if no rule was broken. This entire situation, whether you feel as if a rule was broken or not, has been fumbled by the SSAC. Not only did it take entirely too long for them to make their initial decision, but in my opinion they are acting outside the spirit of the rule. And of course, as expected, the team effected by a loss of player is debating that point while everyone else is arguing the letter of the rule. My opinion is just that, my opinion. But I feel as if it's a very rational one.

            This will be interesting!

          • WVU86

            Keep in mind EP, SSAC won't go to the Supreme Court unless a local judge grants a permanent injunction and Martinsburg does not go through the SSAC board of directors appeals process ... or if MHS appeals to the SSAC and loses and then relies on a circuit court judge's ruling to allow Watkins to play. Again, I have not read anywhere that MHS is planning to appeal this through the SSAC board of appeals, only through a local circuit judge. I agree the SSAC has put MHS in a bind with the timing of everything. Even so, MHS is taking a huge gamble by playing Watkins. Doing so, and losing this battle - which I think MHS will - means MHS may miss playoffs altogether after the forfeits are issued. Like you, my opinion of course.

          • EP Haters

            I am confident that the school will follow proper appeals procedure. Reading the court record from last week's injunction (link above in article), they've provided sufficient legal grounds for a permanent injunction upon being granted their official appeal. Regardless of the final decision on the matter, you can bet the rule will be amended to recognize a situation similiar to this one.

            If they rule on the spirit of the rule, I'd believe that there is a good chance of overturning the rule. If they keep it black and white and by the letter of the rule, they could lose the appeal. We'll see

          • EP Haters

            Permanent injunction officially in place. The ball is in the WVSSAC's court to grant the appeal

  • Shepherd

    Seems legit...Let the kid play

    • Larry

      Nah, they're cheating the system, it's not right.

      • Paul

        Larry, I agree. The WVSSAC made a ruling. Keep the courts out of it. If the courts turn it back on Martinsburg and say its up to the SSAC, Martinsburgs whole season is lost as they will be forced to forfiet all games this kid played in. This hurts Martinsburg, the coaches, fans, and players. Sit him out until a final ruling is made.

        • Wirerowe

          Rules are rules but with all of the recruiting that goes at schools throughout the state this one on the surface doesn't t seem so bad. Breaking the law is breaking the law but when the SSAC won't or can't deal with the recruiting it seems like a huge double standard.

          • Paul

            Wirerowe, I dont know much about the recruiting aspect. All I know is if the SSAC made a ruling, then it should stand. Not be taken to court because people dont want to obey the ruling.

          • Wirerowe

            Paul I agree that once the WVSSAC makes a decision the courts in a New York minute should support that decision. But picking up kids from other schools is at an epidemic level in the state and goes against the concept of community school and fair play.

          • Paul

            Wirerowe, I fail to see where the transfer has anything to do with it. He was held back. The WVSSAC made a ruling. I'd like to see you accept their decision.

      • Cheryl

        Just let the kid play football. I believe Donnie Dellinger from Hedgesville has a lot to do with this, just because he left there and went to play at Martinsburg.

        • Paul

          Cheryl, that boy wasnt named. Lets stick to what the report said and not speculate.

        • Reggie

          I'm sure Hedgesville never mentioned the eligibility issue when he was playing for them as a freshman. Hedgesville breaks more rules than any school in the state!jealous losers!

          • Paul

            Im not from the Hedgesville area. Sorry.

        • danny coleman

          I think the boy should play.The ssac has to much power take it away

          • Murry

            I agree. This rule needs changed. The WVSSAC has too much power and should have to answer to someone for their decision making and rulings.

          • Paul

            Why does the SSAC have to much power? What other instances have their been to support your claims?

      • Reggie

        Why doesn't anyone turn in Hedgesville for all of their recruits from Martinsburg in basketball?Hedgesville had to

        • Reggie

          Hedgesville had four players from Martinsburg school district on their state championship team. I guess when you can't beat a team...you just steal their players and practice all year long.

          • Chris

            The Hedgesville basketball team had kids that moved away from Hedgesville mid basketball season to Martinsburg. Martinsburg basketball and football are just as bad with having out of district players. The state championship Hedgesville team had one kid move from Hedgesville to Martinsburg one season. You gotta learn the facts to actually talk about it.

          • Reggie

            Chris. Nice try. How about QJ Petersen and CJ Burks. Both recruited from Martinsburg. Even middle school kids being recruited out of district and coming to hedgesville off season practices before school.