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Updated: W.Va. Supreme Court Rules For SSAC In Brawl Case

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

UPDATE:

Class AAA Championship game has been re-set for 7pm Saturday night Dec. 11 with Martinsburg playing Brooke at Wheeling Island Stadium.
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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- West Virginia's Supreme Court says a circuit judge exceeded her authority in a case arising from the state high school football playoffs.

Tuesday's order blocks a pair of orders by Kanawha Circuit Judge Carrie Webster regarding the eligibility of four South Charleston players. The decision also leaves any future actions in the case with the state's secondary school activities commission.

That means the SSAC must decide whether South Charleston must forfeit its Nov. 27 semifinal win against Brooke. Webster had allowed the four players into that game after officials sought to suspend them following a fight during a Nov. 19 matchup with Hurricane.

Webster later ruled the players eligible for the class AAA championship game against Martinsburg.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The State Supreme Court has taken no immediate action on an appeal petition involving one of the teams in the class AAA high school football championship game.

The court received additional briefs from an attorney for four South Charleston High School players before a noon Monday deadline.

The Secondary School Activities Commission asked the high court last week to block enforcement of a Kanawha County judge's rulings that granted eligibility to the players.

The SSAC wants them suspended stemming from a Nov. 19 fight and that South Charleston's semifinal win over Brooke a week later to be declared a forfeit. That would allow Brooke to play for the title against Martinsburg.

Last Saturday's title game in Wheeling was postponed due to the legal tangle.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- A filing deadline is approaching in an appeal involving one of the teams in the class AAA high school football championship game.

The state supreme court has set a noon Monday deadline for parties to respond or seek to join the Secondary School Activities Commission's appeal petition.

The SSAC asked the high court last week to block enforcement of a Kanawha County judge's rulings that granted eligibility to four South Charleston players.

The SSAC wants those players suspended stemming from a Nov. 19 fight and that South Charleston's semifinal win over Brooke a week later to be declared a forfeit. That would allow Brooke to play for the title against Martinsburg.

The title game was supposed to be played Saturday in Wheeling but was postponed due to the legal tangle.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The Brooke County Board of Education is weighing in on an appeal petition over the eligibility of four South Charleston High School football players for the class AAA championship game.

The Secondary School Activities Commission asked the State Supreme Court this week to block enforcement of rulings in Kanawha County that allowed the athletes to play despite a Nov. 19 brawl. They participated in a semifinal win over Brooke a week later.

In papers filed Friday, an attorney for the Brooke County board argues Kanawha County Circuit Judge Carrie Webster abused her powers and that the SSAC complied with rules in ejecting and suspending the players.

The players' attorney also filed a response Friday.

The title game, which was scheduled for noon Saturday, has been postponed.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission has asked the State Supreme Court to decide who will play for the state class AAA high school football championship.

The SSAC filed a petition Thursday asking the high court to block enforcement of a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge's rulings over the eligibility of four South Charleston players.

The four were ejected for brawling during a quarterfinal win, but won a court order allowing them to play in last Saturday's semifinal victory over Brooke.

The commission and Brooke want the players suspended and South Charleston to forfeit the Brooke game.

Saturday's championship has been delayed pending the outcome of the case.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission's lawyer says he's preparing to ask the State Supreme Court to decide who will play for the state class AAA high school football championship.

Bill Wooton tells the Charleston Gazette that he expects to ask the court to get involved in the case Thursday. The commission has already postponed Saturday's title contest.

Competing rulings by two circuit courts over the eligibility of four South Charleston players has caused the turmoil. The four were ejected for brawling during a quarterfinal win, but won a court order allowing them to play in last Saturday's semifinal victory over Brooke.

The commission and Brooke want the players suspended and South Charleston to forfeit the Brooke game.

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Charleston, W.Va. (AP) -- The West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission says it's delaying the state class AAA football championship.

The commission announced the decision Wednesday, a day after two judges issued competing court orders concerning Saturday's contest.

A Brooke County Circuit Court judge ordered the delay, while a Kanawha County Circuit Court judge ruled that four South Charleston players could participate.

The four were ejected during South Charleston's quarterfinal victory, but won a court order to play in last Saturday's semifinal win over Brooke. The commission and Brooke County school officials contend they should have been suspended and South Charleston should forfeit.

Executive director Gary Ray says the SSAC's lawyer is to resolve the matter quickly and fairly.

(Copyright 2010 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)


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