Euton, Jackson have appeals heard by KHSAA

In June, UK recruit Dakotah Euton was ruled ineligible by the Kentucky High School Athletic Association to play for Scott Co. after transferring to the school from Rose Hill Academy in April.

Euton’s teammate at Rose Hill, Chad Jackson, also transferred to Scott Co. in April. Documents sent to the school initially indicated Jackson was eligible. But Brigid DeVries, commissioner of the KHSAA, said Jackson was ineligible, citing a clerical error on the original document.

Both players are appealing the rulings, and on Thursday, had their cases heard at the KHSAA office in Lexington.

Both players and their parents, along with officials from Scott Co. and Rose Hill, presented their cases to a three-member panel, which included a hearing officer and the KHSAA’s legal counsel.

Clay Euton told the panel a move to Georgetown was necessitated because of a pending change in his job.

Jackson’s mother, Joy Berry, said she moved her family from Ashland to Georgetown out of concern for Jackson’s older brother. Berry became emotional during her testimony, as she described what she calls “a private family matter.”

After gathering information from both families, the hearing officer now will make a recommendation to the KHSAA Board of Control. The Board then will rule on the players’ eligibility appeals.