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Thursday, June 23, 2011

The WPIAL Board of Control plans to hold hearings on at least six student-athletes who want to transfer to new high schools this fall.

The Board of Control approved other transfers at this week's meeting but wanted to further examine the moves made by basketball players Richard Rogers, Maverick Rowan and Ryan Skovranko to Lincoln Park, Aaron White to Gateway and football player Jaylen Coleman to Gateway.

Last month, the WPIAL decided a hearing also will be needed for football/basketball player Ryan Lewis to Montour.

WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said Wednesday that the Board of Control will hear the cases involving White, Coleman and Lewis on July 12. White is transferring from Allderdice, Coleman from Peabody and Lewis from North Catholic. O'Malley said the board wants to hear why they are transferring.

In the White and Coleman cases, the principals involved signed off on the transfers, but City League director of athletics Michael Gavlik offered his concerns to the WPIAL. The principal at North Catholic did not sign off on Lewis' transfer.

The hearing for the three Lincoln Park transfers is set for Aug. 23. Rogers attended Keystone Oaks, Rowan was at Hopewell and Skovranko was at West Mifflin. Rogers and Skovranko were freshman starters. Rowan is the son of Ron Rowan, who was not rehired to coach boys basketball at Hopewell.

The WPIAL did approve 12 other transfers, including football player Fred Johnson from Uniontown to Ringgold.

Shot down

The WPIAL Board of Control also denied the request made by Highlands senior Jerrail Carver, who was seeking a ninth and 10th semester to play football and basketball because of his age.

WPIAL rules stipulate that, to be eligible for a subsequent school year, a player cannot turn 19 before July 1. O'Malley said it was the opinion of the board that Carver, a wide receiver/defensive back for the football team, did not meet any of the requirements in the bylaws to give him a waiver.

Given the boot

The Erie Cathedral Prep boys lacrosse team was removed from the WPIAL's 2011-12 alignment because it decided to participate in the District 10 postseason even though it already had played in the WPIAL tournament.

O'Malley told Cathedral Prep officials that if they decided to accept the District 10 spot — going against the rules they agreed upon before joining the WPIAL — they would not be allowed back. Facing the same situation, Erie McDowell did not participate in the District 10 tournament and will return to the WPIAL next year.

Stepping down

Jeannette is looking for a new wrestling coach after Matt Lebe stepped down for personal reasons. Lebe, the Jayhawks' coach for the past two years, said he would like to send more time with his baby daughter.

Lebe's team was the sub-section champion last year.

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