A football player at Washington High School has dropped his case against the PIAA and WPIAL to have his eligiblity restored.
PIAA and WPIAL officials said today they received word that Zach Blystone, a junior lineman at Washington, will no longer pursue a case that would overturn PIAA and WPIAL eligibility rulings. Blystone transferred from Charleroi to Washington for this school year, but the PIAA and WPIAL ruled him ineligible, claiming he transferred for athletic intent, which is against league rules. Both organizations ruled him ineligible twice after a board hearing and appeal hearings.
Blystone and his family took his case to court and on Oct. 4 Washington County Court of Common Pleas Judge John F. DiSalle issued a preliminary injunction, allowing Blystone to play against Brownsville later that night.
The PIAA informed Washington that it might have to forfeit any games Blystone played, so Blystone was held out of this past Friday night's game against Mount Pleasant.
DiSalle was to have another hearing Tuesday with Blystone and all parties involved to decide whether to make the injunction permanent. But the PIAA was informed today that the Blystones dropped the case.
Still, Washington might have to forfeit a victory against Brownsville for playing Blystone. The WPIAL executive committee will meet Tuesday to decide if Washington has to forfeit. Even if Washington forfeits, it probably won't affect the Little Prexies' playoff standing. Forfeit or not, Washington will likely finish in second place in the WPIAL Class AA Interstate Conference.
First Published October 14, 2013 11:09 AM