CLEVELAND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) - One day after issuing a temporary restraining order against the Ohio High School Athletic Association, Judge Richard McGonagle vacated his own order. That action put Mayfield and Ashtabula-Edgewood back in the playoffs, and removed Cleveland Heights and Beachwood from the post season. The TRO originally put Cleveland Heights and Beachwood into the post season and punted Mayfield and Edgewood. McGonagle has not said why he vacated the order.
Cleveland Heights finished its regular season 8-2. In the OHSAA's computer rankings, the Tigers finished ninth, out of the Division I, region 1 playoffs. The top eight teams make the playoffs.
Mayfield will play St. Edward on Saturday at 1 PM at Lakewood Stadium. Edgewood will play Brookfield at 7:30 PM on Friday night.
"We felt we deserved the spot because Cleveland JFK forfeited a game that it won over John Adams, which Cleveland Heights defeated," stated CH-UH Superintendent Doug Heuer.
"The OHSAA didn't recognize the forfeit and would not adjust the final computer ratings, that's why we had to challenge the decision in court."
The game was forfeited because a player on JFK was deemed ineligible by the Senate Athletic League for academic reasons. The OHSAA decided to not recognize the forfeit because according to their lower standards, the player was eligible. Cleveland Heights felt the OHSAA should recognize the forfeit, which would've made them eligible for the post season, and took legal action. The school says they will not pursue any further action and the issue is now settled.