Friday, September 30, 2011

Ineligible player causes Cutthroat forfeits

Girls are penalized, boys clinch league

It was a good news/bad news week for Community School soccer teams.

The good news was the Cutthroat boys (7-2-2, 7-1-1 league for 22 points) have clinched the school's first High Desert Soccer Conference regular-season title since 2007. Buhl's 1-0 loss to Wendell Tuesday meant the Tribe (5-3-4, 4-2-3 for 15 points) can't catch the Cutthroats in their final two league games.

Coach Richard Whitelaw's Cutthroat boys will host Gooding Monday and travel to Filer Tuesday, and then as the top seed will host a second-round HDSC game Monday, Oct. 10 at 4:30 p.m. at Browning Field.

The bad news Tuesday was that the Idaho High School Activities Association board of directors, meeting in Twin Falls, denied a Community School appeal. The board ruled a Cutthroat girls' soccer player ineligible. The result was that two Cutthroat wins will now officially become forfeit losses.

Senior Teagen Palmer played in two Cutthroat games this season, both ending up as home wins—4-3 over Twin Falls Aug. 27 and 9-1 over Bliss Aug. 30. Palmer scored five goals in those two victories. Both those games have become 2-0 forfeit losses, and all scoring statistics have been expunged.

Palmer played soccer for Wood River High School last fall. By IHSAA rules, she can't transfer from one school to another within the same area without sitting out from playing a sport for 12 months. The Sun Valley independent school unsuccessfully appealed on the basis that it doesn't have a junior varsity soccer program.

The HDSC tournament upshot, combined with the result of league-leading Buhl's 2-1 upset loss to Wendell Tuesday? With two games left it's a horse race for the top three spots among Buhl (9-1-3, 8-1-1 for 25 points), Bliss (7-3-1, 7-2-1 for 22 points) and Community School (8-4-1, 7-2-1 for 22 points).

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