Judge denies Skaneateles appeal

By WKTV News

UTICA (WKTV) – A judge has denied the appeal by Skaneateles to play in the Section III high school football Class C title game. Two different appeals were made to an Appellate Court judge this afternoon, in an effort to reinstate Skaneateles into the championship game on Saturday. Utica’s Notre Dame accepted the Section III offer to play against Herkimer for the Class C crown after a court ruled, earlier this week, that Section III was right in tossing Skaneateles out of the title game.

Attorneys representing the Skaneateles High School football players, player’s parents and Head Coach Tim Green were reported to be in the chambers of Appellate Justice John Centra Thursday afternoon presenting an appeal of a Supreme Court ruling earlier this week that effectively ended Skaneateles’ unbeaten season and prohibited the team from playing for the sectional title on Saturday. Lawyers for the Skaneateles school district followed the player’s lawyers with their own appeal.

The Syracuse Post-Standard reported that lawyers for the players, player’s parents and Greene submitted documents to Judge John Centra Thursday morning. Section III also submitted documents to Centra.

Section III had ruled that the Lakers season should end because of an investigation by the school district concluded that the football program had violated rules against recruiting players outside the school district. The section’s decision was made a week ago. However, the players and district won a restraining order from Supreme Court Judge Brian DeJoseph against the section’s ruling. That restraining order allowed Skaneateles to play Notre Dame in a sectional semi-final game that the Lakers won.

On Tuesday, DeJoseph ruled that Section III was right in prohibiting Skaneateles from playing anymore football this season. Later that day, Skaneateles Head Coach Tim Green offered his resignation. It was not accepted by the school board. Section III then extended an offer to Notre Dame to play Herkimer in the Section III Class C championship game Saturday morning. Notre Dame accepted the offer.

The Skaneateles parties were seeking a restraining order that would stop DeJoseph’s ruling against the football team from being carried out.

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