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10/27/14 – Fall Sports Postseason In Full Swing; Hopkinsville Penalized for Bylaw Violations

October 27, 2014 2014-2015 News Releases

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Fall Sports Postseason In Full Swing

With the Leachman Buick•GMC•Cadillac/KHSAA Golf State Championships already in the books, the postseasons for the remaining KHSAA fall sports are in full swing. The inaugural KHSAA Field Hockey State Championship resumes tonight with semifinal action at Bellarmine University. Assumption takes on Sacred Heart at 5:30 p.m. followed by DuPont Manual against Mercy at 7 p.m. Live stats and a live webcast for each game will be available at The KHSAA Field Hockey State Championship game will be played Wednesday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m.

The KHSAA Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer State Tournament begins tonight with girls’ semi-state games at campus sites, followed by the boy’s semi-state games tomorrow evening. The KHSAA Soccer State Tournament Quarterfinals will take place Saturday, Nov. 1 with the boys’ games at Henry Clay HS and the girls’ games at Lafayette HS in Lexington.

Volleyball Region Tournaments began with the 13th Region this past Saturday, and will run through Saturday, Nov. 1 when the 9th Region Tournament concludes. The KHSAA Volleyball State Tournament is slated for Nov. 7-9 at Valley HS in Louisville.

Regional Cross Country Meets are scheduled for this coming Saturday, with the state meet taking place Saturday, Nov. 8 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. The first two Competitive Cheer Regional Meets were conducted last Saturday, with results available at The window for Regional Competitive Cheer competitions runs through Dec. 7, with the state meet slated for Saturday, Dec 13 at Alltech Arena in Lexington.

Hopkinsville Penalized for Bylaw Violations

The Kentucky High School Athletic Association has handed down sanctions to Hopkinsville High School after it self-reported a violation of Bylaw 4 (Enrollment Requirements) and Bylaw 5 (Minimum Academic Requirement). According to its Principal, the school failed to properly monitor the academic progress of a student who subsequently was determined not to be on grade level as required by the bylaws. This breach of the bylaws resulted in an ineligible player participating in the first five football games of the 2014 season.

“This action takes nothing away from the great accomplishments of the Tiger football team this year, but represents a required step in upholding our membership obligation,” said Hopkinsville HS principal Curtis Higgins. “We will learn from this mistake and will have procedures in place to prevent its recurrence in the future.”

As a result of its violation, Hopkinsville will forfeit the first five games of the season (three of which were originally won by Hopkinsville) for use of an ineligible player. Hopkinsville’s wins over West Creek, Tenn. (42-7), Calloway County (75-14) and Warren East (61-21) will all become 1-0 forfeits. Individual and team statistics from the game will remain intact.

“Self monitoring is the key to rules compliance within the Association,” said KHSAA Commissioner Julian Tackett. “This is another example of a school stepping up and making the decision to comply with the rules the membership has collectively passed, and to keep school based competition under the control of the schools. This school and its leadership should be commended for taking a proactive step to correct this oversight.”

All questions and inquiries into this matter should be directed to Hopkinsville High School.


About the Kentucky High School Athletic Association
The Kentucky High School Athletic Association was organized in 1917 and is the agency designated by the Kentucky Department of Education to manage high school athletics in the Commonwealth. The Association is a voluntary nonprofit 501(c)3 organization made up of 277 member schools both public and private. The KHSAA sanctions 43 state championships in 13 sports and 4 sport-activities, licenses and trains over 4,000 officials, provides catastrophic insurance for its more than 70,000 member school student-athletes, as well as overseeing coaching education and sports safety programs. Print

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