PARK HILLS – The MSHSAA Board of Directors ruled over the past weekend that the Central Rebels will forfeit all games starting on January 26, 2016 to the end of the season for playing ineligible players during that time. Central will have to return all trophies and medals awarded for that portion of the season.
After reviewing Central’s self-report for their suspending players at the end of the season, the Board of Directors placed three sanctions on Central High School for violations of MSHSAA By-laws 1.2.1, 3.1.7, and for Citizenship By-laws 2.2.2, 2.2.3, and 2.2.5.
Central will forfeit 13 of their final 15 games to reduce their final season record from 27-3 down to 14-16.
The forfeitures includes the Class 3 District plaque and any medals which the Rebels won after defeating West County in the finals. West County will be awarded the District plaque instead.
The losses also includes games in the MAAA Large-School Conference and the Conference Tournament. The conference will take up any further action in regards to their games at their monthly meeting later this month, since the conference by-laws does not address the situation. Central had won both the Large-School Conference and the Tournament.
MSHSAA also has placed Central on a one-year probation which includes all sports and activities from now to the end of the 2016-17 season. Any further violation during that time could mean dismissal from MSHSAA.
The third sanction the Board levied is that Central must send student and adult representation to MSHSAA’s Student Leadership Conference to be held at their Sportsmanship Summit on June 10 at Jefferson City High School.