The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


November 1, 2012

Warriors alive, for now

Judges’ decisions take Edgewood out of, back in playoffs

A day of uncertainty at Edgewood high school ended how it began — with the Edgewood Warriors heading to Girard’s Arrowhead Stadium to square off with the Brookfield Warriors in a Division IV, Region 13 playoff game tonight at 7:30 (WFUN).

Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court Judge Alfred W. Mackey issued a preliminary injunction forbidding the OHSAA from recomputing the computer standings after Judge Richard McMonagle issued a temporary restraining order in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court earlier in the day that had knocked Edgewood out of the playoffs and put Beachwood in.

The case centers around a Cleveland John F. Kennedy win against John Adams on Oct. 17. JFK forfeited the game after it discovered a player participated who did not meet the Cleveland Metropolitan School District academic eligibility standards, which are more strict than the OHSAA standards.

Cleveland Heights filed a complaint in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court because the forfeit would’ve given John Adams an additional win, which in turn, would give Cleveland Heights the second-level points necessary to get to the eighth spot in Division I, Region 1.

The reason Edgewood was effected by the case is the second-level points the Warriors of coach Dom Iarocci received from beating JFK 39-0 in Week 10 were enough to propel it past Beachwood for the eighth and final spot in the Division IV, Region 13 standings. Without those points, Edgewood falls short.

Attorney Dave Pontius represented Buckeye Local Schools in the case heard by Mackey and said Brookfield was also represented, while the OHSAA was on the phone.

“Evidence was taken by Judge Mackey and he entered a preliminary injunction forbidding the OHSAA from recomputing the standings which then means, in our opinion, that Edgewood will be playing Brookfield (today) at 7:30 p.m.” he said. “As far as the understanding of the Buckeye Local Schools and Brookfield Local Schools, there will be a game played (today).”

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