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Monday, October 13, 2008
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Henry Sibley
North St. Paul
South St. Paul

Mahtomedi forfeits five victories

By John Millea, Star Tribune
Mahtomedi High School

Mahtomedi showed their disappointment after losing a heart-breaker in the 2007 Prep Bowl. More frustration was announced on Monday. File photo by Josh Pemble

The 2007 Class 4A runner-up Zephyrs went from 6-1 to 1-6 because of an ineligible player who participated in five games. Mahtomedi's football season took a dramatic turn Monday with the announcement that five victories have been forfeited because an ineligible player saw action in those games. Mahtomedi's record of 6-1 has abruptly become 1-6 going into Wednesday night's regular-season finale at home against South St. Paul, and the Zephyrs' claims to the Classic Suburban Conference title and top seed in the postseason also have suddenly vanished. Athletic director Jeff Whisler, who also is vice president of the Minnesota State High School League board of directors, took responsibility for an administrative error that allowed the ineligible player to participate. Whisler self-reported the violation to the MSHSL, and under its bylaws the penalty is a forfeit for each competition in which the ineligible player participated. That means victories over Henry Sibley, Richfield, North St. Paul, Tartan and Simley are now losses for the Zephyrs and wins for their opponents.

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