NATIONALLY RANKED JOHN WOOD BASEBALL PROGRAM TO FORFEIT SIXTEEN GAMES DUE TO USE OF AN INELIGIBLE PLAYER
The John Wood Baseball program reached the pinacle of its amazing turnaround on Monday, rising to both the top of the Midwest Athletic Conference and eleventh nationally in the latest JUCO rankings.
Three days later, all of that good word has been knocked out by a paperwork error.
JWCC announced Thursday morning that it would be forfeiting sixteen games for use of an ineligible player.
The error was discovered during a routine NJCAA audit of the program. One of the Blazers players this season was deemed to have earned a certficate of completion of high school in his home state. By NJCAA standards, however, that does not rise to the necessary level of having a high school diploma.
John Wood declined to reveal the identity of the young man in question. He would be fairly considered a contributor to the team's success.
The decision to forfeit the games in which the player participated, including eleven conference games, now drops the team from first to eighth in the conference standings. Only the top six teams in the league make the postseason tournament; meaning all of the Blazers success on the field this season may go for naught.
KHQA will have reaction to this developing story tonight at 5, 6 and 10 p.m.