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HS notebook: Woodland Hills' Shaw decommits from Western Michigan

| Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, 9:00 p.m.

Woodland Hills standout Jo-El Shaw is de-committing from Western Michigan and reopening his recruitment.

The 6-foot-1, 230-pound running back-linebacker committed to the Broncos in October, largely because of his relationship with running backs coach Mike Hart.

When Hart left for the same position at Syracuse, it stunned Shaw.

“Mike Hart was a major piece of my commitment, wanting to get better under him,” Shaw said.

Shaw, who rushed for 1,274 yards and 22 touchdowns this past fall, chose Western Michigan over offers from Akron, Bowling Green, Miami (Ohio), Old Dominion, Pitt, Temple and Toledo after it recruited him to play running back.

WPIAL rules on incident

The seats will be empty when Cornell visits Rochester for a boys basketball game Jan. 22.

The two schools decided to close the Section 1-A rematch to fans in response to a bench-clearing incident last month. School administrators met Wednesday and detailed their self-imposed discipline at a WPIAL hearing in Green Tree.

Afterward, the WPIAL board ruled that the heated Dec. 18 contest, which was suspended in the third quarter, will count as a loss for both teams, said WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley.

“You cannot continue that game from the point of interruption since there were no kids eligible to play,” he said, “so we declared it a double forfeit. They each get a loss.”

The loss leaves Cornell's record at 3-8 overall, 2-2 in Section 1-A. Rochester is 4-7, 0-4.

The WPIAL will require student representatives from each school meet and craft a proposal to assure future sportsmanship. But otherwise, the WPIAL added no punishment to the schools' self-imposed discipline.

“Each of them, in our estimation, appropriately dealt with the situation internally,” O'Malley said. “We accepted that.”

• The WPIAL ruled Oakland Catholic transfer Haley Zoglmann ineligible in basketball, O'Malley said. Zoglmann's mother was an outspoken critic of Thomas Jefferson girls basketball coach Phil Shar and his reinstatement from suspension.

“We denied her eligibility in the sport of basketball only for one year from the date of transfer,” O'Malley said. “She's eligible to compete in everything else.”

• The WPIAL granted Elizabeth Forward's Chris Tokar two extra semesters of eligibility for a health-related issue, O'Malley said.

— Kevin Gorman and Chris Harlan

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