Alabama Supreme Court Upholds AHSAA Disqualification of Washington County

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Following the postponement of the second round game between Samson and Elba in the 2A playoffs, the Alabama Supreme Court has upheld the decision to disqualify Washington County High School after using an ineligible player in their first round game against Samson.

The game between Elba and Samson will now be played Monday night at 7:30 p.m. in Elba at Mack Wood Stadium.

According to a release from the Alabama High School Athletic Association, Washington County was removed from the playoffs last week after AHSAA Executive Director Steve Savarese ruled that Washington County had played an ineligible player in its first playoff game Nov. 4 in violation of the AHSAA Home Rule.

Following the ruling by Savarese, Washington County filed an appeal to the AHSAA district, which was upheld by the board last Tuesday. It was then appealed to the Circuit Court of Geneva County who also upheld the decision by Savarese.

The case was then appealed to the Circuit Court of Geneva County who also upheld the decision by Savarese. However, on the same day, the Circuit Court in Washington County filed an order that contradicted the order in Geneva County so the case was sent to the Alabama Supreme Court.

As a result, the game between Samson and Elba was postponed Friday because the justices on the Supreme Court were not available due to the Veterans Day holiday.

“We are glad to have this matter resolved and on behalf of all our member schools we greatly appreciate the State Supreme Court for ruling so quickly,” said AHSAA Director Savarese in a press release. “The playoffs will now continue with remaining games to be played according to the playoff schedule.”

 

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