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Mt. Spokane to appeal penalty for rules violation

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GSL "Special Meeting" scheduled for Monday morning

SPOKANE, Wash. - A special meeting between principals of the Greater Spokane League will determine whether Mt. Spokane's football team will be forced to forfeit last Friday's 56-0 win over East Valley.  Should the forfeiture stand, Mt. Spokane would lose all chances of winning the GSL title outright.

The appeal is scheduled for Monday morning at 8 a.m. at Gonzaga Prep School.

The principals will hear how Mt. Spokane allowed an academically ineligible player to participate in the last two plays of the Wildcats' game last Friday night.  It was the first time the young man had ever played at the varsity level, and the school reported the violation as soon as they were made aware of the issue.

The violation, by rule, means Mt. Spokane must forfeit the win over the Knights, although an appeal could lift the penalty. The appeal is based on a new WIAA rule that allows a school to ask for forgiveness if it can show that an electronic or clerical error resulted in an ineligible player being allowed to participate in a contest.

Mt. Spokane is hoping for some leniency on the matter, stressing that they self-reported the violation and that it did not affect the outcome of the game.  And they will argue it was, in fact, a clerical error that allowed the player to participate.

Mt. Spokane's principal, John Hook, said he expected the appeal to be handled in a timely manner. If the GSL rejects Mt. Spokane's appeal the Wildcats would have two losses in league play, taking away any chance at claiming the title outright.

*Note: Photo associated with this story does not show the player who was academically ineligible.

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