Softball: Guyer player loses appeal for eligibility at UIL hearing

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Maddie Green, whose family moved into the Guyer attendance zone from the Denton zone prior to the spring semester, was denied her appeal for eligibility by the University Interscholastic League State Executive Committee on Wednesday in Austin. Green now is ineligible to play this year for the Lady Wildcats.

According to Denton school district policy, Green, a sophomore, also must sit out either her junior or senior season. The policy states that any student-athlete found to have changed schools for athletic purposes within the school district faces the additional penalty.

Green said she hasn’t yet decided which additional year she will sit out. She was a second-team all-district and all-area selection at catcher as a freshman last season for the Lady Broncos. Guyer will not have to forfeit games, because Green hasn’t played a varsity game this year, but instead has played on the junior varsity team.

Green was ruled ineligible by the District 5-4A Executive Committee last month after Denton head coach Rhana Ramos did not clear her release.

Green and her family spoke at the state appeal Wednesday, as did Ramos and Guyer head coach Keith Medford. Ten people on the committee received the facts of the case, but only three voting members and a chairman were present at the meeting, which is typical, according to a UIL spokesperson.

“She was in tears when they read the judgment,” said Kelly Green, Maddie’s mother. “We are in shock.”

Medford and Ramos declined comment following the decision.

“I’m very disappointed, and I hurt for Maddie Green,” Guyer athletic director John Walsh said. “Maddie simply moved with her family to a new residence, and now is being told she cannot play softball. I was present at both meetings [5-4A and state executive committees], and an injustice has been done to a Denton ISD student.

“I got in the school business to be an advocate for kids. I have never and nor will I ever sign a piece of paper that would put a 15-year-old in this situation.”

The case is unique, Kelly Green said, because her older daughter, a junior and former cheerleader at Denton, was bullied her entire time at Denton, which spanned 2 1/2 years. She said the family sold its house in the Denton attendance zone and bought a house in the Guyer zone. They moved into their new residence on Christmas Day.

On Jan. 7, the day classes resumed, she said, she withdrew her daughters from Denton and enrolled them at Guyer.

“We had copies of texts and tweets of the bullying of our older daughter, and we presented all of that information,” Kelly Green said. “They said we wanted a safer environment for her, and we got it, but we have to sacrifice Maddie for that. That doesn’t seem fair.”

ADAM BOEDEKER can be reached at 940-566-6872 and via Twitter at @aboedeker.


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