High School Hoops Player Denied Injunction to Continue Playing

Sought another year of eligibility

Tom Puckett
December 17, 2018 - 3:35 pm

Juston Johnson of the West Seneca West Basketball team. December 11, 2018 (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)


West Seneca, NY (WBEN) A judge has denied an injuction allowing a West Seneca West basketball player to play while challenging a Section VI ruling his eligiblity window has expired.

Judge Dennis Ward says Juston Johnson used up his eligibility despite not playing in eighth grade because of an arm injury. “The window is time limited to ‘consecutive years, beginning with the first year the student participates,' " he wrote. "Sitting out a year or repeating a grade does not extend the window.” Ward says a medical report "does not state that the student was unable to attend public school during 2013-14. The report does not in any way suggest that the student’s fractured arm caused him to repeat eighth grade. The report does not state that the student would have been unable to play sports that entire year due to injury.”

Ward says Johnson's home schooling deficiencies in eighth grade led to him repeating the grade when his family registered him in 2014. “Had Mr. Johnson not been required to repeat eighth grade due to the insufficiency of the home-schooling, Mr. Johnson would have been a senior during the 2017-18 season," Ward wrote. "Presumably, he would have been able to graduate in June 2018 and would have been recruited by college teams and likely would have been playing for one of them this year.”

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