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WPIAL Rules Aliquippa Transfer Jamar Allen Ineligible for the 2024 Season



Aliquippa head coach Mike Warfield

Aliquippa has learned that a recent transfer addition will be ineligible for the 2024 season.

The WPIAL ruled North Hills transfer offensive lineman Jamar Allen ineligible Thursday following an eligibility hearing, Chris Harlan of the Tribune-Review reported. WPIAL executive director Scott Seltzer said the league found the move partially motivated by athletics.

Aliquippa is eligible to appeal the decision.

Aliquippa has had more than its fair share of transfer-related struggles off the field over the last half-decade.

Aliquippa volunteered to play up at the Class-3A level initially, but the continued success of the program and the PIAA deeming the Quips over the transfer threshold forced a move to Class-4A in 2020. It happened once again in 2022.

A successful appeal allowed the Aliquippa to stay in Class-4A over the last two seasons, but the Quips lost their competitive balance appeal in January and after weeks of courtroom testimony, Common Pleas Judge James Ross issued a preliminary injunction in May against the PIAA stating that Aliquippa will stay in Class-4A for the 2024 season.

Aliquippa has certainly been successful on the football field over the last few years, with a 74-6 record since Warfield arrived as the head coach in 2018, but there are significant factors in play when it comes to forcing a school to make such a jump — healthy and safety concerns, primarily.

The PIAA recently released enrollment numbers for Pennsylvania high schools, and Aliquippa checked in with an enrollment of 156 students. That’s Class-2A level — up slightly from its 1A enrollment over the last two-year cycle.

Class-2A enrollment is considered by the PIAA to be between 144 and 216 students. Class-5A enrollment is between 424 and 619 students.

Aliquippa has brought in a handful of transfers who have been approved by the WPIAL, including Larry Moon and Sa’Nir Brooks, who transferred back from Central Catholic as freshmen. Bishop Canevin transfer Daiveon Taylor, a high-profile recruit committed to West Virginia, will still need to be approved by the WPIAL before the 2024 season.

The WPIAL updated Aliquippa’s schedule following the successful appeal, returning the Quips to the Class-4A Parkway Conference, which includes Ambridge, Blackhawk, Montour, New Castle and West Allegheny.

Aliquippa will start its season with a heavyweight clash against back-to-back WPIAL and PIAA Class-3A champion Belle Vernon, who have since moved up to 4A.

Additional updated games include Week 2 at Avonworth, a Week 5 matchup against New Castle and a Week 6 battle with West Allegheny. The Quips will close out the season against Blackhawk, Montour and Ambridge.

Two matchups that will remain for the Quips are the Week 3 and 4 contests against Mars and Penn Hills, respectively.

Sandy Schall, Coldwell Banker
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5 days ago

The WPIAL has its favorites and right now Aliquippa isn’t one of them. Bested them in the reclassification case.
My daughter was ruled ineligible because she was a high profile player for a public school. Her education was suffering and we moved her. She graduated from a more challenging school and also didn’t suffer any consequences. Judge saw thru the charade and filed a permanent injunction against the WPIAL, et al.
This isn’t over.

5 days ago

A corrupt organization tasked with keeping corrupt programs honest, I can’t believe it’s not working out

4 days ago

The solution to all this recruiting and transfer BS is to allow everyone to transfer anywhere they want. Open up high school like NCAA. Add NIL and pay high school players. Let everthing out of the bag and make it all legit.
Also, let girls and boys play all sports coed and let the best players all play. Be done with all the BS and just let everyone mix and match teams. It would save so much time and money for the school districts. Problem’s all solved. Now let’s talk about politics and woke up🙄

4 days ago

Wait they let the Catholic School kid transfer with no issue? DID the WPIAL look into it? Did the Catholic Schools throw a tantrum ? Of course not. As they shouldn’t. Stop your Hypocrisy WPIAL. Can’t wait for Aliquippa to beat those racist programs like Mars and all the other buffoons who want it to be 1957.
2 days ago
Reply to  TONY

Thanks for saying what I would have had to say. Some things never change. Go Quips!

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