Nebraska High School Must Leave 2021 State Football Title

Gretna Public Schools claimed Friday a tip from Westside High School led to the investigation ending in the ruling that took away Gretna’s 2021 Class A state football championship. The Nebraska School Activities Association voted 8-0 on Thursday that Gretna used an unqualified player during the season. As a result, Gretna loses all matches and the championship is vacated. Players were allowed to keep their medals. In a statement, Gretna Public Schools said it was made aware of a complaint from Omaha Westside High in early December 2021. Gretna Schools described the news of the complaint as a surprise, but said it was cooperating fully with the NSAA investigation, believing the allegation to be unfounded. Thursday night on Twitter, Westside Inspector Mike Lucas said he had nothing to do with the matter. “Westside has NOT turned them in,” Lucas wrote. “Some reports say that my name was used as a complainant during the hearing and that is completely incorrect. Gretna defeated us. We have plenty of other things to worry about since then.” On December 29, the NSAA executive director concluded an unfit player had participated in Gretna football. “GPS was shocked and surprised by the director’s decision because GPS is a ‘closed district’,” Gretna Schools said in the statement. “Every student enrolled in all 10 district schools lives within the district boundaries.” GPS noted that each student must provide proof of residency, which “is strictly enforced with no exceptions.” documentation that the student lived in the district prior to the unanimous vote of the board of directors. Westside Superintendent Mike Lucas released a statement on Twitter Friday that read: “FINAL STATEMENT ON GRETNA AND NSAA SITUATION….”

Gretna Public Schools claimed Friday that a tip from Westside High School led to the investigation ending in the verdict snatching Gretna’s 2021 Class A state football championship.

The Nebraska School Activities Association voted 8-0 on Thursday that Gretna used an unqualified player during the season. As a result, Gretna loses all matches and the championship is vacated. Players were allowed to keep their medals.

In a statement, Gretna Public Schools said it was made aware of a complaint from Omaha Westside High in early December 2021. Gretna Schools described the news of the complaint as a surprise, but said it was cooperating fully with the NSAA investigation, believing the allegation to be unfounded.

On Twitter Thursday night, Westside Superintendent Mike Lucas said he had nothing to do with the matter.

“Westside has NOT turned them in,” Lucas wrote. “Some reports say that my name was used as a complainant during the hearing and that is completely incorrect. Gretna defeated us. We have plenty of other things to worry about since then.”

On December 29, the NSAA executive director concluded that an unfit player had participated in Gretna football.

“GPS was shocked and surprised by the director’s decision because GPS is a ‘closed district’,” Gretna Schools said in the statement. “Any student enrolled in all 10 district schools lives within the district boundaries.”

GPS noted that each student must provide proof of residency, which “is strictly enforced with no exceptions.”

Gretna says it provided documentation that the student lived in the district ahead of the council’s unanimous vote.

Westside Chief Inspector Mike Lucas released a statement on Twitter on Friday saying “FINAL STATEMENT ON GRETNA AND NSAA SITUATION….”

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