Aiken Standard (Newspaper) - April 2, 2011, Aiken, South Carolina
Five area high school softball teams are in action at the
Varsity Triple Crown Invitational
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Fox Creek to forfeit last fall’s season
Player paperwork snafu forces redaction of school’s 8-4 winning record
By NOAH FEIT
Fox Creek's breakthrough football season is gone.
The school was audited by the South Carolina I Ugh School League (SCHSL) for having an ineligible player on the varsity roster follow ing its hest season in program history. The Predators posted an 8-4
record and advanced to the
Class A state playoffs for the first time, winning a first-round game against Calhoun Falls.
On Friday, the investigation was completed, and the ruling is that Fox
Creek must forfeit all of its wins from the 2010 campaign. The most successful season in school history has been wiped out of the record books.
When reached for comment. Fox C reek Principal Dr. Tim Murph declined to delve into the specifics of the case, citing privacy issues for the student involved. He confirmed that the SC I ISL conducted and completed an audit and that the findings
indicated that the laudators had an ineligible player participate in games, w hich must be forfeited.
“Officially, our record is 0-10,” Murph said.
The consolation for Fox Creek is that the penalties are being enforced retroact! v ely. The ineligibility issue only affects last season, and Fox Creek won't be punished for next season, prov ided it meets all other eligibility require
“There are no further penalties. Next season will be like any other season," said Murph, who added that he's notified the schools Fox C reek play ed last season about the forfeits.
SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton didn t return phone calls seeking comment on the Fox Creek issue.
See FOX CREEK, page 10A
Area scientists say low-level radiation detected locally poses no health risks
Gearing up for Pacers and Polo
By ANNA DOLIANITIS
The nuclear uncertainty that resulted from last month’s devastating earthquake and tsunami has caused radiation exposure to the areas surrounding Japan's nuclear reactors, as well as trace amounts of iodine-131 detected in the United States, including at the Savannah River Site and other facilities.
The trace amounts of iodine-131 were nearly undetectable and do not pose a health risk or warrant protective measures to he taken, according to the South Carolina Department of Health and Em ironmental Control,
“We can see it, but ifs at very trace amounts. Our ability to detect radiation is very sensitive, and we can detect very minute changes in it," said SRNL
Workers for Tokyo Electric Power Co. spray experimental adhesive synthetic resin over the ground at the Fukushima Dai-Rhi nuclear power plant in northeastern Japan.
scientist Tim Jannik.
Janmk said that typical weather patients have brought the small amounts of radiation to the local area, and it becomes
diluted as it trav els. South Carolina has likely received all that it w ill get, he said
SM JAPAN, page JOA
By BEN BAUGH
The AtkmTnple Crown’s thud jew el, Pacers and Polo, will bring out both diehard polo fans and relative neophytes. Here's a list of what spectators will need to know.
• Tickets are SIO for adul^ and $5 for children at the gate Parking is SS per car and includes up to four souv enir programs per car.
• The proceeds from the game and e\ en! support the CSC Aiken Pacer Club.
• The game will be played at the Powderhouse Polo Fields, 950 Powderhouse Road.
• The gates w ill open at 10:30 a.m The game is scheduled to start at I p.m.
• All general admission
parking is around the edges
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Aiken Standard Me photo Adam Snow played in a polo match in 2008.
of the complex. There w ill be golf carts a\ affable to shuttle from the parkmg .irea to the general admission scab.
• The VIP parkmg area will he next to the VIP Hospitality Tent.
• Today’s weather is expected SM POLO, page JOA
Rep. Young brings dropout bill back to SC. House
By ROB NOVIT
* Senior writer
lf a student warns to drop oui of lugh school or just not go to class, he can do so, but it could come at the cost of losing his driver's license.
South ( arui ma Rep. Tom Young, R-Aiken, hopes a bill he’s cosponsoring can get through the General Assembly during the cur
rent session in order for it to take effect during the 2012-13 school year.
Under the prov i Mons of the proposed legislation, a IS-to 17-year-old student with a full or restricted driver’s license would lose driving
pm lieges if he leas es his public, pm ate or home school or has seven unexcused absences in a specific tune frame.
Students attending adult education classes and making progress toward their GEDs would not he considered drop outs.
“It’s a short-term answer to a long-term problem," said Young. "It’s not the silver bullet by any means btu is part of a long-term solution.”
The District HI House member talked w itll students in third through 12th grades. The responses from middle and high sdvol students were especially ilium mal mg, Young said
“I asked them if losing their dro mg privileges would keep their peers from dropping out of school," he said. “Jhe response was amazing. Students rn the Junior leadership program agreed that they knew
children who would think twice about dropping oui" school attendance would also be a condition of getting a beginner’s permit, a conditional or special restricted license or a regular license tor teenagers younger than 18. The person could not be expelled from school. TI* bill does prov ide opportunities for parents to appeal such an action.
SM YOUNG, page 4A
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