MIDVALE — The Utah High School Activities Association is standing by its decisions regarding Timpview and East high schools and the upcoming state playoffs.
Following an open meeting on Monday at UHSAA offices, in which interested schools and individuals expressed their concerns regarding the recent eligibility decisions at Timpview and East, the Board of Trustees panel declined to amend Friday's unanimous decision.
Then, the board of trustees reversed an earlier decision to pull East High from the upcoming state football playoffs follow a hearing.
East leaders asked to be allowed to participate in the postseason during its hearing Friday at the UHSAA headquarters, and the panel of board members voted 5-0 to change the original ruling.
East, which had won Region 6, will be forced to play in a play-in game on Tuesday as the league’s No. 4 seed. The Leopards won’t play at home during the playoffs and coach Brandon Matich will sit out three games. Region 6 principals had listed some sanctions on Tuesday, but the UHSAA executive committee changed the penatlies on Wednesday, forcing the school to forfeit seven games in which ineligible players were used.
The UHSAA trustees also heard an argument from Timpview, and by a 5-0 decision upheld most of that school’s penalties.