2:20 p.m. It's official! Mayfield Wildcats will go to the playoffs tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. against St. Ed's at Byers Field in Parma.
"This decision is what's right for our athletes and coaches. Our team earned its way to the playoffs as determined by OHSAA," said Superintendent Keith Kelly. "It's great news. I wish the Wildcats great success on and off the field tomorrow."
Judge Richard McMonagle overturned his earlier decision regarding a temporary restraining order against the Ohio High School Athletic Association related to a forfeiture earlier in the season. His orginal decision knocked Mayfield out of the playoffs.
The playoff game originally was scheduled to take place at 7 p.m. at Lakewood Stadium. However, Lakewood Stadium is without power so the game has been moved to Parma's Byers Field at 1 p.m.
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MAYFIELD SCHOOLS – “Here’s the bottom line. Our kids earned their way onto the playoff field because they were selected by the Ohio High School Athletic Association based on their season record,” said Superintendent Keith Kelly. “The Wildcats, our athletes, our coaches, our parents have become collateral damage in a court ruling which, quite frankly, makes no sense. Mayfield earned its way onto the playoff field. We were invited to play by the OHSAA.”
On October 28th OHSAA announced the names of the teams who would play in the Division 1 regional quarterfinals. Proudly, the Mayfield Wildcats were among the top 8 teams to earn a spot.
Two days later, Cleveland Heights filed a lawsuit to block the OHSAA’s playoff roster. Their claim was Cleveland Heights should be in the playoffs due to a voluntary forfeit by Cleveland’s JFK high school earlier in the season. The forfeiture is not recognized by OHSAA and therefore could not be considered when naming playoff teams.
On Thursday, Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Judge Richard McMonagle issued a temporary restraining order against OHSAA related to the forfeit. The decision knocked the Mayfield Wildcats out of the playoffs and let Cleveland Heights in.
Superintendent Kelly, Mayfield Athletic Director Mike Barnes and a team of lawyers currently are meeting to file a motion to intervene with the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court to defend Mayfield’s right to take to the playoff field. The OHSAA stands by their roster of teams to participate in the playoffs which includes the Mayfield Wildcats
“We stand by our players and coaches and will fight for them for a fair and just outcome,” said Superintendent Kelly. “In the end it may be the Ohio Supreme Court which has the final word.”
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