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The Wapakoneta Redskins football team is in the state playoffs.
Wapakoneta City Schools administrators met today with Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) officials, who decided the football team is still eligible to play. The student-athlete found in violation of the rule is still ineligible.
Wapakoneta City Schools Superintendent Keith Horner said school officials met with OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross and his assistant commissioners at their office in Columbus.
"After having a discussion, we are happy to say that we will be participating in the Ohio High School football playoffs," Horner said in a news release. "We wish all the students-athletes participating in any sport good luck in their playoff or tournament."
Wapakoneta City School officials would not comment further on the incident.
A news release from Ross' office addressed the board's concerns with the school and athlete.
"The OHSAA had a concern with the eligibility of a student-athlete on the Wapakoneta football team and whether or not he was satisfying the standards of the transfer bylaw," the OHSAA news release said. "The OHSAA has determined that school officials were not aware that the student was not satisfying the standards of the bylaw. Therefore, in accordance with Bylaw 10-2-1, all nine victories the school achieved will stand and Wapakoneta will maintain its position in the OHSAA football tournament."
Wapakoneta City School administrators learned Thursday the student-athlete, who moved into a residence with a relative in Cridersville, was followed by an OHSAA investigator to his residence in Elida.
School administrators, who took a proactive step in the process, decided to hold the student-athlete from Friday's loss to the Kenton Wildcats. At the time, school administrators said in the past OHSAA officials had required a team's wins in which the ineligible student-athlete participated for violations of their rules.
The Wapakoneta Redskins, 9-1 overall and 8-1 in the Western Buckeye League, finished fifth in Division II, Region 8 and are scheduled to play the Franklin Wildcats at their home field.