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Around the WPIAL: Washington board to discuss Blysone case Friday

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Published: Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, 9:39 p.m.

The Washington School Board will hold an open meeting at noon Friday to discuss the eligibility of transfer Zach Blystone.

Blystone, a 6-foot-3, 265-pound lineman on the football team, transferred from Charleroi to Wash High this summer.

He has been denied eligibility by the WPIAL and PIAA, but the family and attorney Joe Francis obtained an injunction last Friday that allows Blystone to play.

Blystone rotated at guard, tackle and along the defensive line during a 50-14 win at Brownsville hours after receiving the injunction.

A hearing in front of Common Pleas Judge John F. DiSalle to determine the status of the injunction was scheduled for Thursday afternoon, though that was postponed until this coming Tuesday.

The school board Monday voted to back the efforts of Blystone, his family and football coach Mike Bosnic. If the injunction is overturned and the WPIAL and PIAA rulings are upheld, Wash High could forfeit wins or Blystone could jeopardize his eligibility for next season.

“My assumption is they're going to continue to discus the injunction and the fact that it was continued and do we keep doing what we were doing or has anyone's opinion changed,” Francis said.

Because of a prior court commitment, Francis will not attend, though he said he did not think a reversal would occur.

“I have no reason to believe that they're going to change their overall position at an impromptu Friday afternoon meeting,” Francis said. “But I also can't say with certainty what it's about or what they're likely to do.”

• Former North Carolina State and NBA great David Thompson will be the guest speaker for the Beaver Falls boys' basketball boosters Nov. 16 at The Club at Shadow Lakes in Hopewell. Thompson, a three-time All-America who led the Wolfpack to the 1974 NCAA championship, was the No. 1 pick in the 1975 NBA Draft. His visit is co-sponsored by the Common Ground Project, as part of its Conversations in Courage series. Tickets are $40.

• The Kiski School will play under the lights for the first time in the Saltsburg all-boys prep school's 125-year history when it plays host to St. Michael's College School of Toronto Friday night on the new turf field at the Beano Cook Outdoor Athletic Center. Cook, the former Pitt sports information director and college football analyst, donated $500,000 to his alma mater when he died last October.

— Jason Mackey and Kevin Gorman



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