The Maize South girls basketball team has been ordered to forfeit the first six games of the season due to a clerical error that occured within the school’s administration.
The Kansas State High School Activities Association ordered the forfeiture after an error involving transfer paperwork for player, Zayda Perez, was found.
According to an email sent out by the head coach for the Maize South girls basketball team, KSHSAA said the team must forfeit the first six games of the season, and Perez will also be forced to sit out the remainder of the season.
“Basically, it states that students have to meet so many guidelines to be a bona fide move and be a transfer that can go start right away. If not, they have to sit 18 weeks and that is what we neglected,” said Curtis Klein, Maize South High School athletic director.
“I broke down. I did not think that this could happen. I thought that everything was okay. I got told it was okay. Like, I was already covered and free to play,” said Perez.
The team had an undefeated season prior to the ruling. The transfer paperwork was brought to the attention of KSHSAA anonymously, according to Ben Hamilton, Maize South girls basketball coach.
“We completely support this player, and our hearts hurt for her right now,” said Hamilton.
“I think the loss and the record is one thing but why do we need to take it out on Zayda twice,” said Cy McCormack, parent.
Zayda’s family said they have filed an appeal on behalf of the family with the KSHSAA.
“It is hard, but I am holding it together. My team needs me still even though I am not play, and I’ll still be there to support them,” said Perez.
KSN has reached out to KSHSAA for comment, as of this posting the organization has not responded to our request.
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Once a Hornet, always a Hornet. This is one of our own and we’ve always wanted nothing but the best for her. We’re excited to see the Lady Mavs in action tonight!! https://t.co/MZ3rs65jL9— Hornets Nest (@VCStudentSec) February 27, 2019
Following the tough news Maize South received , we want to see the call on our student section to support Zayda Perez, and Maize South girls basketball team tonight! Game is at 7 p.m. at MSHS. #OnceAHornet #AlwaysAHornet #FREEZAYDA— Hornets Nest (@VCStudentSec) February 27, 2019