Schlarman penalized by IHSA
DANVILLE — Schlarman has been ordered by the IHSA to forfeit its first 13 softball victories this spring for using a player whose eligibility had not been cleared, and head coach Randy Skaggs was suspended from team-related activities for the remainder of the school year.
Assistant Greg Hall coached the Hilltoppers on Saturday in their two games at Rantoul.
The IHSA decision, announced on Friday, was based on a transfer playing at Schlarman before a principal's concurrence form had been filed with the IHSA. All of the documentation was in order, but the deadline was not met.
"To me, this should not be happening," Skaggs said. "I'm in shock. I'm being penalized for a situation I don't feel responsible for. I feel horrible for my team. That's the most important thing. I am deeply hurt for my team and I'm embarrassed for my family and for my school."
Schlarman was 20-8 and leading the Vermilion Valley Conference (14-1). Entering Saturday's games, the school's official record became 7-21 and 5-10 in the VVC. The forfeitures give the conference crown to Georgetown-Ridge Farm/Chrisman (15-1).
"The IHSA can take away the conference championship on paper, but we won it fair and square on the field," Skaggs said. "I am heartbroken for my kids."
The forfeitures don't affect Schlarman's participation in the Heritage Class 1A Regional, which starts Monday. Schlarman is the No. 1 seed.
Skaggs said he will be allowed to watch the games.
Schlarman principal Bob Rice acknowledged the forfeits, but as for the coaching situation said, "I can not comment on personnel matters."