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Residents share their thoughts on decision

October 26, 2012
By Anthony Gaynor and Casey Houser - Staff Writers , The Inter-Mountain

This week's ineligibility ruling that stripped Elkins High School of its football victories so far this season has angered some local residents and saddened others.

Elkins City Councilman Mark Scott, 3rd Ward, described the situation as tragic.

"My concern is that we have a young man that this community embraced and the WVSSAC failed to consider the circumstances of the situation," Scott said Thursday after a special meeting on the issue at Wimer Stadium. "It is a tragedy."

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Tifffany Howell, whose brother is on the team, said the punishment given out was too severe and any court action may be too late to save the Tigers' season.

"I don't think they should punish the whole team," she said. "They fought too long and hard to have this taken away from them."

Elkins resident Patrick Cain, whose son plays on the Elkins squad, said the decision was an injustice to the student athletes.

"They looked for a small loophole and used it against us," he said. "Our players and coaches are being penalized."

Delmas Lambert of Elkins said he played football in high school and the WVSSAC decision is unfair to the Tigers.

"I think it's really ridiculous," he said.

"I don't think they should have stripped them of their wins."

Lambert said the WVSSAC seems to be coming down hard on everybody.

"I don't think that's fair," he said.

Buckannon residents Lisa and Scott Frame agreed taking away the wins is unfair.

"It's all about politics," Lisa Frame said. "That's going too far, taking all their wins away."

Scott Frame said the entire team should not have been punished because of an oversight.

"It's high school football," he said. "Let them play."



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