East Lincoln football will forfeit its first three football games due to the participation of an ineligible player, according to a release from athletic director and head coach Mike Byus.
The Mustangs, ranked No. 16 in the Observer’s Sweet 16 poll and the defending N.C. 2A state champions, will now have a record of 4-4, 4-0 in conference play. East Lincoln was 7-1.
A “clerical error” led to the the participation of the player, according to the release, and the eligibility issue centered around “the local promotions standard as set by each county throughout the state.”
Byus didn’t name the player in the release and didn’t say what role he played on the team, just that “the player in question did dress out for three games.”
The school notified the N.C. High School Athletic Association immediately and made every appeal allowable.
“No rule was intentionally broken,” Byus said in the release. “In fact, he would be eligible in many districts across the state. I feel terrible for all the young men who have put in many of hours of hard work to achieve this level of success only to have it taken away. It’s very disappointing, however, the only alternative we have is to accept it and move on.”
The games in question were against East Gaston, Q Foundation and North Lincoln.
All-Mecklenburg basketball star Giavonni Mack is transferring from Providence to Butler.
Mack’s father, Patrick, said the paperwork was completed Wednesday. Giavonni Mack is moving in with his father. He previously lived with his mother. His parents are divorced.
Patrick Mack, who lives in the Butler zone, said his son’s mother may be moving out of town by December. Mack, a Division I recruit who the Observer picked as the Southwestern 4A conference player of the year last season, averaged 24 points per game at Providence. The Panthers finished 1-24 last season.
At Butler, Mack, a 5-foot-9 senior, will join another Division I recruit. Matthew Fisher-Davis, a top 100 national prospect who committed to Vanderbilt this fall. Fisher-Davis transferred to Butler from Charlotte Christian last month.
“He’s a little nervous about it, because he wasn’t sure if he’d be able to play, but once we found out what he had to do to be eligible, he was fine with it,” Patrick Mack said. “He’s mad about leaving his new coach at Providence (Scott Taylor), who he had built a relationship with, but I think he’s happy about it. He’s got friends at Butler, so he won’t be by himself.”
Sue Doran, director of athletics for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, said she had not received documents concerning Mack yet, but said under current guidelines, if a player simply transfers, he or she has to sit out for 365 days. She said if there was a legitimate move into a new school zone, the players’ eligibility would not be affected.
Ardrey Kell rallied to beat Lake Norman 3-2 Tuesday to set up a rematch of last year’s N.C. 4A Western Regional championship match at Hough. Ardrey Kell beat Hough last season to advance to the state championship game, which the Knights won under former coach Zoe Bell. Hough, which was 35-3 last season, is 29-1 in 2013. In four seasons, Hough coach Sandy Skidmore is 107-18.
In Tuesday’s win, Ardrey Kell (19-9) got 23 kills, nine digs and four aces from Elizabeth Kaeser. Serena Jackson and Haley Western had 11 kills each and setter Lilly Duggan had 53 assists.
• Several other Mecklenburg County teams play third round matches Thursday. In 4A, Skyland Roberson (17-6) is at Charlotte Catholic (24-2) and Mount Tabor (23-3) is at Myers Park (17-3). In 2A, North Surry is at Lake Norman Charter (20-2), and in 1A, Murphy (12-10) is at Community School of Davidson.
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