Zayda Perez allowed to play in sub-state finals

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MAIZE, Kan. (KAKE) -

A Wichita high school basketball player who was at the center of a KSHSAA  dispute has been allowed to play in the sub-state finals.

The athletic director for Maize South confirmed that high school senior Zayda Perez will be allowed on the court in Friday's game.

Just days ago, the undefeated Maize South Mavericks were forced to forfeit six games due to a clerical error that allowed Perez to play before she was eligible. 

Perez was originally suspended for the rest of the season.


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The undefeated Maize South Mavericks have to forfeit six games after the Kansas State High School Activities Association ruled that Maize South senior Zayda Perez played before she was eligible. KSHSAA first learned of the possible violation on Wednesday. 

"It's unfair. You talk about giving kids a right to play sports and you're just trying to rip it away. It's my senior year and I would just like to finish it out,"said Perez. "You only get one time for your senior year and I just want to go out with my team and play with them for one last time, because I'll never get that chance back."

"Regrettably the timing is terrible and the situation is really nothing anyone takes pleasure in at the high school activities association or at the member schools or at the family level. We certainly recognize that, but at the time of the transfer, what we now know, the information contained on the transfer paperwork was not accurate," said KSHSAA Executive Director Bill Faflick.

Perez transferred from Valley Center and started playing before she sat out the full 18 weeks that KSHSAA requires. In addition to Maize South forfeiting the wins, Perez has to sit out six games, which means her high school career is now over. 

"It's a very unfortunate situation. We're punishing a kid right now that had absolutely nothing to do with this," said Maize South girls basketball coach Ben Hamilton. "She was not at fault in any way shape or form. It's tough to see her right now. It's tough to watch her go through this."

KSHSAA said there is no evidence that Maize South or Perez were trying to hide anything, and that it was just an error with documents KSHSAA had sent to them. 

Maize South is appealing the ruling in hopes to get Perez back during the state tournament.