Wayne Hills High School football team reinstated in state playoff tournament
The Wayne Hills High School football team will be able to play in the state playoff tournament after filing an appeal with the state.
The team was originally banned from playing in the post-season because they were accused of using players who were not eligible.
Two of the team's best players, the Hayek brothers, recently moved to the school and there was question as to whether they fulfilled the district's residency rules. An attorney for the players says that they never had the opportunity to prove they were eligible to play before the initial ruling was made.
The team appealed to the New Jersey education commissioner, who said that the team should be able to play in the tournament.
The New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association agreed to reinstate the team.
"The NJSIAA will abide by the commissioner's ruling which was based on a due process issue. The tournament will return to its original seeding although game dates and times may need to be adjusted," says NJSIAA Executive Director Steven Timko.
Timko says that the NJSIAA reserves the right to fold future hearings on this issue if needed.
Wayne Hills head coach Wayne Demikoff says that the team will be on the practice field tonight to prepare for this weekend's games.