Lawsuit Postpones Class AA Cheer Championship

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Parkersburg, W.Va. (AP) -- The State Secondary School Activities Commission says it's postponing the class AA cheerleading championship because of a lawsuit involving Tolsia High School.

Wednesday's decision follows a Wayne County Circuit Court decision that restored Tolsia to second place in the regional tournament, qualifying the squad for state this Saturday.

The commission says a penalty for an illegal and unsafe routine at regionals dropped Tolsia fourth and out of state. It's considering appealing to the State Supreme Court.

Mike Ranson, a lawyer for the Wayne County School Board, says the circuit court ruled correctly that a regional tournament judge violated commission rules by seeking help from a spectator.

Ranson called the postponement "outrageous."

Class A and AAA tournaments are proceeding as scheduled.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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