Wednesday, April 23, 2014
The Richmond boys soccer team gained a victory this week without takingthe field. The Bobcats are now 9-0 heading into Saturday’s game at Greenville. They gained a win when Greenville discovered last week that they had used an ineligible player for six of its games.
The school notified the Maine Principals’’ Association and six of its victories were forfeited, including a 3-1 win against Richmond earlier this season. The Lakers were off to an 8-1 start and atop the Western Maine Class D standings before the infraction was caught.
According to coach Jeff Richards, the player was ineligible based on his standing at the end of the school year last spring and he was not notified. The player, a senior, is eligible to return to the lineup Oct. 5. Greenville athletic director Jeff Stafford, who has held that post for 14 years, accepted blame and resigned last Friday.
The Lakers, who had a 1-0 loss to Southern Aroostook, will retain last weekend’s victories against Vinalhaven/North Haven. The team is coming off its one of its best season last fall in which they won the regional championship before falling to Bangor Christian in the state final.
Travis Lazarczyk has worked at the Morning Sentinel and Kennebec Journal since 2000. He covers football, basketball and baseball. Follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/tlazarmaine