Chugiak point guard reinstated, school fined after recruiting scandal

Friday, December 21, 2018 - 13:36
  • Chugiak’s Robert Sheldon makes a pass through the Tikigaq defense during the Mustangs’ 70-36 win over the Harpooners on Thursday in the first round of the Cougar Tipoff Tournament at Service High. (Star photo by Matt Tunseth)

The Alaska School Activities Association has granted an eligibility waiver to Chugiak High senior Robert Sheldon that will reinstate the eligibility of the player at the center of a basketball recruiting scandal at the school. Chugiak will also be fined $250 for the recruiting violation that resulted in the firing of head coach Jocquis Sconiers on Thursday.

“ASAA believes that the former Chugiak coach’s failure to be truthful was not within the student’s control and therefore meet(s) the criteria of a hardship,” wrote ASAA executive director Billy Strickland in a Friday text message about the decision.

Strickland said Chugiak will not be banned from postseason play.

Sconiers was fired one day after a news story broke detailing his involvement with Sheldon — who transferred from Noatak to Chugiak this year — as the point guard’s AAU basketball coach. ASAA rules prohibit a player from transferring to and playing at the same school where their out-of-school coach works without sitting out a full calendar year.

Sheldon was ruled ineligible and Chugiak was forced to forfeit its only victory of the season, a 70-36 win over Tikigaq last week in the season-opening Cougar Tipoff tournament at Service High.

Sconiers denied he coached Sheldon at a tournament in July, even when confronted with video showing him pacing the sidelines and shouting instructions to Sheldon’s team at a tournament in Las Vegas. When asked about the video, Sconiers told Strickland and Chugiak High administrators that another man, a former assistant named Jules Ferguson, actually coached the team.

However, when contacted on Wednesday Ferguson said he’s not the person in the video and that Sconiers asked him to lie on his behalf. Sconiers was fired the next day.

Email Star editor Matt Tunseth at [email protected] or call 257-4274

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