Skaneateles will appeal Section III ruling


SKANEATELES, N.Y. (WKTV) - Yet another twist in the Skaneateles scandal. The school released the following statement:

"The Skaneateles Central School District has decided to appeal to the New York State Appellate Division to seek the opportunity for its football team to continue in post-season competition.  This decision was based on four factors:

      We want to continue to support the student-athletes on our football team.

2.      The Section III penalty to suspend our football season was far too severe under the circumstances, and it punished the team members and their families who are innocent of any wrongdoing.

3.      The costs of the appeal are nominal relative to the potential benefits for our student-athletes.

4.      We want to bring closure to this disruptive controversy.

We conducted a fair investigation and gave our report to Section III in an effort to do what was correct and ethical.  Infractions by an adult were identified in the report, and we are addressing those internally.  We knew that we would receive a penalty, but the penalty that was imposed was way too severe.  Our student-athletes are being punished for mistakes made at the program level, and that is simply wrong. We hope our appeal will be successful and, if allowed to participate, we wish our football good luck. "

As of Wednesday, Herkimer is still set to face Notre Dame in the Class C final at the Dome on Saturday at 11a.m. Stay with NEWSChannel 2 and for further developments.

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