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PIAA upholds ruling on Blystone

- Charleroi Zach Blystone photographed during practice on August 15, 2012 in Charleroi. Blystone has since transferred to Washington.
Charleroi Zach Blystone photographed during practice on August 15, 2012 in Charleroi. Blystone has since transferred to Washington.
Jim Ference | The Valley Independent - Charleroi's Zach Blystone (77) tackles Brownsville's Tre Durkin (10) on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Charleroi Stadium.
<div style='float:right;width:100%;' align='right'><em> Jim Ference | The Valley Independent</em></div>Charleroi's Zach Blystone (77) tackles Brownsville's Tre Durkin (10) on Friday, Oct. 26, 2012, at Charleroi Stadium.

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Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013, 12:01 a.m.
 

The PIAA Wednesday upheld a ruling by the WPIAL Board of Control and denied eligibility to a football player from Charleroi who transferred to Washington.

As a result, Zach Blystone will not be able to play football for the Prexies this season, but will be eligible to play there in 2014 when he is a senior.

The 6-3, 265-pound junior will be permitted to play any sport other than football at Washington during the 2013-14 school year.

Charleroi Athletic Director Bill Wiltz said he is pleased with the ruling, only because the school district believed all along that Blystone left Charleroi for Washington for athletic intent.

Charleroi contested the transfer and took its case to the WPIAL in an Aug. 5 hearing. The WPIAL sided with Charleroi.

“He can't play football this year, but he can play at Washington next year,” Wiltz said. “That's the transfer rule if you are ineligible. It is a one year ineligibility. I can only expect he will play football at Wash High in 2014.”

There are no appeals available for Blystone and his family.

Prior to leaving, Blystone was considered the top lineman for the Cougars, who are coming off a 2-7 season and spent the first week of summer camp at Slippery Rock University.

Washington, meanwhile, went 12-1 last season, losing in the WPIAL Class AA championship game to Aliquippa, and is considered to be one of the teams to beat in Class AA this season.

The Cougars and Prexies are in the same conference and are scheduled to play the third week of the season, Sept. 13, at Charleroi.

Jeff Oliver is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2666 or joliver@tribweb.com.

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