Jacob Shirley’s appeal denied, South Hills standout must sit out the rest of the season

Highly regarded junior shortstop/pitcher Jacob Shirley, who transferred from West Covina to South Hills high school over the summer, lost his appeal to the CIF-state appeals board and will be ineligible the rest of the baseball season. As its policy, the state had no comment. Shirley will be eligible for high school participation in the fall, but has not decided whether he will play football again. He was a starter on West Covina high’s football team as a sophomore, but hasn’t played since. CIF-Southern Section commissioner of athletics James Staunton handed down the initial ruling, explaining that Shirley’s transfer was “athletically motivated.”

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