North Little Rock, AR (KAIT) - Lamar High School lost its eligibility appeal hearing Tuesday when a sub-committee of the Arkansas Activities Board of Directors voted unanimous to uphold the decision of the executive director Lance Taylor.
Taylor had ruled last week that Lamar, based on information the school supplied, had used an ineligible player in five of its Class 3A 4 Conference games. Before the ruling Lamar was 5-1 in league play and 8-1 overall.
The Warriors would have been the #2 seed in the 4 - 3A and would have hosted a playoff game. Had Lamar won the appeal, Cave City would have faced Paris instead of Yellville-Summit in the First Round. Likewise, the Class 3A bracket stays intact.
With the forfeits, Lamar dropped to 0-6 in league play and 3-6 overall. Lamar held the student-athlete in question out of last week’s 52-21 road win over Paris, which makes them 1-6 in league play and 4-6 overall.
Lamar school officials requested that the AAA place the appeal before an independent hearing officer. The date and time for such a hearing was not determined on Tuesday.