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Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014: Elmira Notre Dame withdraws from NYSPHSAA tourney

   Leading off today: Elmira Notre Dame administrators announced Wednesday morning they have withdrawn the Section 4 school's boys soccer team from this weekend's New York State Public High School Athletic Association quarterfinals.

   The decision comes after Section 4 officials were alerted Friday that the Crusaders played the entire season with an ineligible player, the Star-Gazette reported.

   Notre Dame scheduled to play Watertown's Immaculate Heart Central Saturday at the Wright National Soccer Campus in Oneonta. Instead, Lansing will will represent Section 4 with a berth in the Class C semifinals in Middletown on the line. (Updated Class C bracket)

   Notre Dame defeated the Bobcats 2-0 Saturday in the Section 4 championship game. Lansing coach Adam Heck said on Friday, at the urging of multiple IAC coaches whom he wouldn't name, he alerted Section 4 of the ineligible player.

   The player, who has not been named, transferred to the school this year, Heck told the paper.

   "Whenever you have a transfer, you're juggling a lot of things in the books," Heck said. "And in Notre Dame's defense, I'm sure they're going to look at it thoroughly and do what's right.

   "And with a private school, there's a little bit more there, it's a little trickier," he added. "I don't know everything about it; the section people, the transfer committee, they're the pros at that."

   A hearing with representative of both schools is scheduled for Thursday at the Section 4 office in Sidney.

   The soccer development is the second major eligibility issue in the state in two weeks. Last Tuesday, Aquinas was removed from the Section 5 football tournament after it was determined that quarterback Jake Zembiec played in the sectional quarterfinals without having been eligible in the minimum number of regular-season games.

   Aquinas officials took that case to State Supreme Court, where their appeal to be restored to the playoffs was denied.


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  •    More soccer: The top-seeded team in the PSAL's boys soccer tournament was sent packing Tuesday as 12th seed Aviation continued a strong playoff run with a 1-0 upset of Martin Luther King.

       Aviation senior Kevin Zepeda scored in the opening minute of the game, and that's all his team needed against the squad most recently ranked No. 2 nationally by the National Soccer Coaches Associatio of America.

       Aviation was coming off an upset of Beacon, the No. 4 tournament seed, in the quarterfinals. MLK had won 15 of the previous 18 PSAL championships, including the past three.

       "I wanted MLK, I wanted to face them, I wanted to score against them and I accomplished what I wanted at the beginning of the season today," Zepeda told The Daily News.

       Aviation will play Wagner, which defeated Bayside, in Sunday's championship at Randall's Island.

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