LATEST: Because of an ineligible player, Diamond Ranch, which was in prime position to make a run at the Miramonte League title, is now fighting for its playoff life. The school learned of an ineligible player, and reported itself to CIF, thus forfeiting all wins up to this point, including both Miramonte League wins over Bonita and Los Altos. Diamond Ranch was 5-2 and 2-0, and now will be 0-7 and 0-2, according to CIF spokesperson, Thom Simmons. Simmons also informed me that they have received the paperwork requesting a hardship for the player who Diamond Ranch has declared ineligible. Simmons said typically, it takes 7-10 days for CIF to make a determination on his eligibility.
On Wednesday, The Pomona Unified School Disctrict released this statement
When a student transfers to another high school and wants to compete in athletics, the proper transfer-eligibility paperwork has to be filed with the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). It was discovered late Tuesday afternoon that in the case of one Diamond Ranch High School (football) player that didnt happen. As a result, the Panthers must now forfeit their two league wins, and its not yet known whether that player will be given permission to play in the teams remaining games, pending a hardship application.
This was our mistake entirely, said Principal Monica Principe. The rules are very clear and we just didnt follow up to make sure CIF had received the paperwork we sent, and they say they didnt. Were terribly sorry for disappointing our players, their families, our students, and all the fans.
Diamond Ranch still has two Miramonte League games left, and could still be playoff- eligible, depending on the results of those games and on the end-of-season decision by league members on which teams to send to the playoffs.
We have personally delivered the required paperwork to CIF today, and are hoping to find out by Friday if this student will be allowed to play in the remaining games, said Principe.
As a result, the Miramonte League standings are as follows.
Charter Oak 1-0
Los Altos 1-0
Diamond Ranch 0-2