No. 1 Mater Dei forfeits opening win for using an ineligible player

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Top-ranked Mater Dei (California) is now 0-1 instead of 1-0 after its was forced to forfeit Friday night’s win over Bishop Amat (California). The news was broken by Steve Fryer of the Orange County Register on Twitter.

Since those two tweets, Fryer has written a story that contains a statement from Murphy that reads as follows:

“The player in question was admitted to MDHS as a result of academic official transcripts which indicated that this Fall season would be his 7th semester of high school enrollment. However, in the process of reviewing this student-athlete’s NCAA eligibility requirements, Mater Dei High School discovered additional academic transcripts from his native country (not the United States). These new transcripts indicate that this is actually the student’s 9th semester of high school enrollment which makes him ineligible to participate in CIF athletic competition.”

The name of the player was is ineligible hasn’t been released.

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