HAMPSTEAD, NC (WWAY) – Parents are outraged and heartbroken as it looks like the playoff hopes for Topsail High school’s baseball team are over. This after an investigation of eligibility that parents are calling misguided.
Parents informed WWAY the principal was looking into a Senior player who had missed classes over the semester.
“These boys are being penalized for something they should have never been penalized for,” said Julie Postma.
Postma told WWAY’s Jenna Kurzyna that her son was being investigated for ineligibility. She said Topsail High principal Berry Simmons had informed her of the investigation on May 3rd. She said that happened after the fact that her son was released from the team by head coach Aaron Rimer.
“We were horrified to learn that, how can he possibly be ineligible now when it’s been approved by the athletic director, by the team, that he was eligible to play,” said Postma. “Had we known at any point in time that he would have been ineligible he would have never tried out.”
Postma said the school then informed the team their games from this past season would be forfeited. MaxPreps sports reports, “MaxPreps’ baseball rankings have been updated. Topsail’s national and state rank have not changed,” when WWAYaccessed to see the team’s record. It changed from 17-6 to 1-22 with all of the victories now listed as forfeited losses.
Postma said the principal was tipped that her son may be ineligible because he missed several classes after spring break. She said he had a reason for that. Her son is diagnosed with anxiety and depression. After the Fall semester, he and the school worked out a course arrangement through Apex digital learning.
“His classes are online so he wouldn’t have been in the classroom for anybody to see him.”
Postma is joined by several players and parents supporting her son.
“This was his chance to really, really have some normalcy and it was all taken away for what,” asked Ame Frey. For what, nobody has told us anything.”
We reached out to the school’s athletic director as well as the NCHSAA, but did not receive a comment. Our Dustin Dorsey has only been told to refer his questions now to the school’s public information officer.
Postma as well as Frey say this has become more than just about baseball.
They say few answers are being given and only punishment. WWAY heard from these parents during a meeting they held Sunday evening before the final seedings for playoffs come in Monday.
The family has sent in letters to the school to plead their case to explain the student’s situation. WWAY will follow-up with the school as soon as we can.