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HS highlight reel: Ambridge contests McGinnis transfer

| Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 10:12 p.m.

Ambridge will contest senior Stephon McGinnis' transfer to Aliquippa, leaving the senior ineligible for now.

The WPIAL received transfer paperwork Monday morning without a signature of approval from Ambridge's principal, executive director Tim O'Malley said. As a result, the WPIAL will hold an eligibility hearing for McGinnis, a standout football and basketball player who switched schools last week. That hearing likely won't come until next week at the earliest.

McGinnis (5-7, 141) was the leading receiver this year for Ambridge's football team and a 20-point scorer last season for its basketball team as a first-team, all-section guard. McGinnis can practice with Aliquippa but won't play in games until his eligibility is determined.

The WPIAL must schedule several other eligibility hearings as well. Among them, the Lincoln Park boys basketball team added two transfers from Sto-Rox, junior Jihad Cromer and sophomore Michael Smith. Sto-Rox has contested the transfers, O'Malley said.

Also, the WPIAL must reexamine the case of Lincoln Park junior Nick Aloi, who the board in April declared ineligible until Jan. 21, 2015, the one-year anniversary of his transfer from Ellwood City. After Aloi appealed, the PIAA last week returned the case to the WPIAL for reconsideration. The WPIAL is awaiting input from the PIAA before scheduling a second hearing with Aloi.

“We want to see what it is we have to rehear,” O'Malley said.

— Chris Harlan

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