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March 27, 2014 7:50 am

PHS athletics on probation after violation

Written by Dante Geoffrey

Powell High School athletics has been put on probation following a rules violation that forced its girls’ soccer team to forfeit a 3-2 season-opening win.

Tim Wormald, PHS athletics director, said in an email Tuesday another violation could result in suspension from Wyoming High School Athletics Association-sanctioned competition.

“Essentially, we’ve been given a warning that we need to comply with all WHSAA rules in the future,” Wormald said.

The Panthers still are eligible for state qualification.

“I know the team is ready to move forward and is focused on their match against Star Valley this Saturday,” Wormald said.

A coach’s rule violation and the forfeiture of Saturday’s game was announced on Monday. Panthers head coach Isaac Reyesmejia had not passed a rules test prior to Saturday’s contest, making him ineligible to coach.

Reyesmejia passed the test Monday and is eligible for all future contests.

The test, which Reyesmejia took for the second time on Friday, was not graded and results were not sent to PHS until Monday, after the Pinedale game.

“Once I received that information I contacted the WHSAA office to discuss the repercussions,” Wormald said.

Reyesmejia was hired on March 11, just two weeks before the season’s start.

“He has had to pull many things together in this short amount of time to be able to coach the team,” Wormald said.

The online test consists of 100 questions, and there is no time limit. Coaches are allowed to use their rule book.

“(Coaches) are asked to apply the rules to multiple scenarios that are anything but obvious,” Wormald said. “The wording of the questions can, at times, be confusing, and the coaches have to interpret the rules correctly to be able to do well.

“In other words, don’t let the fact that it is open book fool you; it is a tough test.”

2 comments

  • Comment Link March 27, 2014 3:17 pm posted by Panther Fan

    Best of luck to the new coach and his team. I have enjoyed reading the articles about the new coach and his approach. Don't let this little set back hold you back! NO FEAR!!

  • Comment Link March 28, 2014 1:26 pm posted by CHerie

    It was an unfortunate thing for these girls, who have worked so hard and deserve that win. Our girls soccer team has done so well the last couple years, even going to state last year. What a Blessing for this new coach to come when he did, or we might not have a girls team this year. Cant wait to see what this team does this year. Best of luck Panther Girls Soccer team

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