Ineligible Player Reverses Millers' Loss, Now 3-3

Millburn High School's varsity football team receive a forfeit victory from their matchup against Orange.

The Millburn Millers varsity football team got a late bump to .500 for the season this past week when they were awarded a forfeit victory over Orange High School in the game on Oct. 5.

During that game, a defensive player on the Orange team was ruledd ineligible to compete. The player was in approximately 20 plays.

When the athletic director of Orange High School, Jason Green, found out, he reported the violation to the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association. 

"I truly commend the Orange athletic director for self reporting," Millburn High School athletic director, Dr. Ted D'Alessio. "That means a lot."

The issue was referred to the Super Essex Conference, which voted to award Millburn the forfeit victory.

According to D'Alessio, the student attended summer training and was registered to attend Orange High School. When the school started though, the student's parents enrolled him in a charter school.

If a student is enrolled in a charter school, he or she is allowed to participate in the sending school district's sports teams, D'Alessio said. 

However, the student withdrew from the charter school after the academic year started and did not re-enroll in Orange High School. The school realized when the guidance office received the withdrawal letter from the charter school but after student had played Millburn's football team.


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Nantz October 25, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Looks like either Teddy D'Alessio needs some speech lessons or the writer of this article needs to learn how to use spell check. "I truly comment the Orange athletic director for self reporting," Millburn High School athletic director, Dr. Ted D'Alessio. "That mean a lot." Teddy was a great health teacher though. Fantastic hairdo as well.


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