The parents of Meade standout senior LaTanya Eldridge are appealing a decision by the Anne Arundel County Athletic Board of Arbitration after it ruled last week that Eldridge has been ineligible the past four seasons and that the Mustangs must forfeit all the games in which she played.
"The decision stinks," Velma Eldridge said. "I have contacted a lawyer and we will speak [today]. We are all very upset about this."
In addition to the forfeits, the player was suspended from playing for 60 days after it was revealed she had lived with her grandparents--who are not her legal guardians--in Meade's district since the seventh grade. Eldridge's parents do not live in Meade's district.
"The parents have appealed the first decision," said Marlene Kelly, the Anne Arundel County supervisor of athletics. Kelly is prohibited from discussing specifics in cases involving students.
Eldridge, a 5-foot-11 forward, was a key part of the Mustangs' Class 4A East Region title last year, when they finished 22-5. Under the ruling, however, the Mustangs would have to forfeit the title to runner-up Chesapeake (Anne Arundel) as well as four victories this season in which Eldridge played. Eldridge is averaging 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Neither Eldridge nor Mustangs Coach Royal Webster would comment. The suspension was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.
Special correspondent Jeff Seidel contributed to this report.