The N.C. High School Athletic Association boys soccer state playoffs get under way this week and, stunningly, they do so without North Iredell.
The Raiders, co-champions of the North Piedmont Conference, were disqualified due to an infraction that cost them more than their postseason berth.
North Iredell coach Scott Childers declined to comment on the matter Monday, deflecting questions to the school administration.
“We had to withdraw because of an ineligibility issue,” North Iredell principal Teresa Evans said.
Evans didn’t say who the ineligible player was but noted that the team had to forfeit its games.
The Raiders went 11-4 overall and 9-3 in the conference. They won their last nine games to share the NPC title with Statesville for the second straight season.
Evans said she sent letters home with the players regarding the circumstances.
“It’s awful,” she said. “I’m not very happy.”