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A Wapakoneta Redskin football player is not being permitted to play in tonight's game against the Kenton Wildcats after school officials were notified by Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) of an investigation regarding the player, the Wapakoneta Daily News learned Thursday night.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner confirmed the information this morning, noting school officials were informed Thursday of the investigation and of a possible violation.
Varsity football coach Doug Frye informed the team of the alleged infraction during a team meeting on Thursday.
An OHSAA investigator followed a student who was listed as living in the Cridersville area to a residence in Elida. The OHSAA rules state a player must eat, sleep and live a majority of the time in the school district, but they are permitted to stay with relatives, friends outside the district.
"We are not going to allow him participation in contests until we get a final word from the OHSAA," Horner said. "We don't anticipate knowing their decision until next week.
"We also want to do our due diligence as well as we want to respect the rules of the OHSAA," the superintendent said.
Horner said the OHSAA board has ruled in the past that teams with ineligible players have forfeited the wins from the games the player participated, so the 2011 season could be in jeopardy if the OHSAA investigation concludes that a violation has been committed.
The Wapakoneta Redskins, who are 9-0 on the season, play the Kenton Wildcats, who also are 9-0 on the season, in a showdown for the Western Buckeye League crown at 7:30 p.m. today at Harmon Field in Wapakoneta.
The Wapakoneta Redskins are currently ranked seventh in an Associated Press poll and fifth in their region.