WV Supreme Court says WVSSAC can continue with state soccer tournament play

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

UPDATE 10:43am: Adds statement from WVSSAC

CHARLESTON, WV (WOWK) – The Mountain State’s highest court has ruled in favor of the state’s youth athletic commission, granting it permission to continue a statewide soccer tournament.

The West Virginia Supreme Court was asked Thursday by the Secondary School Activities Commission (WVSSAC) to vacate a ruling by a Berkeley County circuit judge that the tournament be delayed and issued a temporary restraining order preventing the WVSSAC from proceeding with part of it.

The judge was ruling on a petition by Martinsburg High School soccer player Emily Beck to delay the Class AAA tournament, set to begin today, Nov. 6, in Beckley. Berkeley County high schools were prevented from competing in the sectional tournament because of the county’s coronavirus positivity rate.

The WVSSAC had argued the circuit court judge didn’t have the standing, or authority, to make his ruling and on Friday morning the Supreme Court agreed.

In its order, the court “…ORDERED that the temporary restraining order against the WVSSAC entered on November 5, 2020, in the Circuit Court of Berkeley…shall be and it hereby is vacated.”

WVSSAC Executive Director Bernie Dolan tells 13 News “The WVSSAC appreciates the WV Supreme Court taking the matter so quickly. We felt we were on the side of right and fairness to all involved. We are thankful for the decision to allow the tournament to move forward.”

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