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WPIAL denies eligibility to Stepoli brothers

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

The Stepoli brothers, Terrance and Josh, have been denied eligibility in all sports by the WPIAL Board of Control.

The Board of Control ruled Tuesday after hearings were held Monday.

The Board of Control also denied the Stepolis' transfer to Greensburg Central Catholic last March, but that ruling was overturned on appeal by the PIAA.

The WPIAL board wanted to know why the Stepolis were transferring back to Monessen from Greensburg Central Catholic after spending a little more than a year at the private school in Greensburg.

The Stepolis transferred to Greensburg Central Catholic in February 2010 after quitting the Monessen basketball team. The WPIAL ruled then that the Stepolis were denied eligibility in basketball because the board felt the transfers were, in part, for athletic reasons.

Both played football and basketball for the Centurions, and Terrance was on the track team.

After playing the football season this school year and part of the basketball season, the Stepolis decided to leave the basketball team in January.

They transferred to Monessen on March 7, two days after Monessen defeated Greensburg Central Catholic in the WPIAL Class AA basketball championship game.

Tim O'Malley, WPIAL executive director, said the board again ruled that the transfers back to Monessen were motivated, in part, for athletic reasons.

The Stepolis can appeal the decision to the PIAA. Terrance Stepoli is a senior who will be attending Concord University to play football. Josh Stepoli, a junior, is regarded as one of the top football players in the state and has received interest from several Division I programs.

Penalties levied

The Board of Control ruled on an off-court incident involving boys basketball coaches at Jeannette and Greensburg Central Catholic.

After a Feb. 11 game at Jeannette, Jayhawks coach Adrian Batts and Centurions assistant Don Binda engaged in a verbal confrontation near the Jeannette trainer's room.

The board put the Jeannette basketball program on probation for one year and censured Batts, who also must attend an anger management class and complete an American Coaches Education Program.

In addition, the principals and athletic directors from both schools must meet and develop an action plan designed to ensure that all interscholastic events between the schools are conducted in a sportsmanlike environment for all participants and spectators. The plan must be submitted to the board by Aug. 1.

Rebosky decision

In other action, the PIAA voted, 10-0, to overturn the WPIAL decision to deny eligibility to Casey J. Rebosky of Norwin. He transferred back to Norwin after spending a year and a semester at Greensburg Central Catholic, where he was on the football and baseball teams.

Rebosky was a student at Norwin Middle School in seventh and eighth grade but transferred to Greensburg Central Catholic prior to his freshman year. He returned to Norwin on Nov. 8, three days after the Greensburg Central Catholic football team was knocked out of the WPIAL Class AA playoffs in the first round.

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