Malverne High School's appeal of a ruling that forced the team to forfeit Saturday's 32-30 win over Seaford was denied on Wednesday, according to Nina Van Erk, the executive director of Section VIII, which governs Nassau County's interscholastic athletics.
Section VIII ruled on Tuesday that the team used an ineligible player because the school did not submit the proper paperwork on time for a player who recently transferred to Malverne.
Malverne self-reported the infraction after the school's athletic director, Patricia Desormeau, faxed the paperwork to the Section VIII office after Saturday's game started. The player was pulled from the game by coach Kito Lockwood when he learned that the paperwork had not yet been submitted. Desormeau did not return calls seeking comment.
"I told my boys about the ruling," Lockwood said on Wednesday, "and my position with the team is that we won sideline-to-sideline and that's over now.
"I'm very proud of them. What happened is all forgotten now and we're getting ready for our game against West Hempstead. We're family here in Malverne, and I'm blessed with a great group of kids from my junior high players to the varsity. We're all one team. We'll keep this in house and talk about it. This decision didn't hurt us it helped us. We have to win this week and I'll have my guys ready."
The forfeit impacted the power points and Malverne (2-5) will need a win against West Hempstead on Saturday to make the playoffs.