The Limestone Community School/Maine School of Science and Mathematics baseball team has had to forfeit its first three games of the 2010 season after it was discovered that the Eagles had used two ineligible players in those contests.
Two of the forfeited games were victories over Ashland and Van Buren, while the third game involved a loss to Southern Aroostook of Dyer Brook, according to Limestone athletic administrator Larry Worcester.
Under both Maine Principals’ Association and Limestone rules, a student must be taking four classes in order to be eligible to participate in interscholastic sports, but in the aftermath of the third quarter of the school year two senior baseball players were found to be taking just three classes each, Worcester said.
The issue was self-reported by the school to the MPA, and the forfeits were applied to the Eagles’ record earlier this week.
Ironically, one of the students who had been ruled ineligible now is enrolled in an independent study program that is considered a fourth class for the fourth quarter of the academic year, Worcester said.
LCS/MSSM is now 0-5 on the season, with losses to unbeatens Wisdom of Saint Agatha and Central Aroostook of Mars Hill coming after the ineligibility issue was discovered.
The Eagles, who compete in Eastern Maine Class D, are now idle until a road game next Tuesday at Madawaska.
Zagon nominated for all-star game
Portland High School running back Imedhi Zagon has joined Bangor High School quarterback-safety Joe Seccareccia as Maine schoolboy football standouts nominated to play in the 2011 U.S. Army All- American Bowl.
Zagon, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound junior, rushed for more than 1,000 yards for Portland last fall and then caught the attention of Division I college scouts nationwide with his performance at an off-season camp last March at Rutgers University.
Zagon also is one of the top high school sprinters in the state.
Zagon and Seccareccia are two of 400 nominees from through the nation to participate in the 11th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 8, 2011, at the Alamodome in San Antonio and broadcast live on NBC.
From that field of nominees 90 players will be selected this fall to participate in the game.