Covering High School Sports in America
According to a report from News Channel 3 in Memphis, Tenn., a 22-year-old married man suited up for title-contending Ridgeway (Memphis) this week, causing the team to be bounced from state playoffs for using an illegal player.

The man falsified a transcript to enroll at Ridgeway. His wife allegedly posed as his legal guardian, and the school never verified the pair's claims.

News of Ridgeway's use of an ineligible player broke yesterday, when John Varlas of the Commercial-Appeal reported that Ridgeway used a transfer student from Louisiana who was found to be living with a woman who was not his mother.

Before being disqualified, Ridgeway had a 25-4 record and was on a six-game winning streak, most recently beating Whitehaven, 90-71.

This is at least the third major recent incident of an adult falsifying his age to participate in high school sports.

In 2010, a 22-year-old man was arrested for posing as a 16-year-old and playing high school basketball in Texas.

Last fall, a 21-year-old was found to have suited up for a high school football team in Michigan.