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Tomah/Sparta loses surprise playoff game

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MIDDLETON (WKOW) -- The Middleton boy's high school hockey team was forced to forfeit their WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal victory on Tuesday. They had defeated Tomah/ Sparta but it was later determined that an ineligible player played in the game.

"We (the district) became aware of a concern and upon conclusion of our internal investigation needed to acknowledge the inadvertent use of an ineligible player, which we then reported to the WIAA." That statement was sent to 27 News from Perry Hibner, Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District Director of Communications, when we inquired about what happened.

The team was supposed to face Sun Prairie Thursday at 8 p.m. for the Regional Final but now Tomah/ Sparta will be in their place after the forfeit.

The team made the announcement about the decision to forfeit on Twitter in the post below.

UPDATE: Tomah/Sparta didn't find out that they were playing Thursday night until 2 PM in the afternoon.

Head coach Todd Kirschbaum then had to rally the players from both schools to let them know their season was back on.

"Well, it's kind of a scramble. Notifying the players, letting them know they got a second chance. They were pretty excited about it. We are a co-op. So, we had to do that with two schools. A lot of emails and text messages in a very short amount of time," Kirschbaum said.

Sun Prairie ended up beating Tomah/Sparta 8-1 Thursday night, ending their season, again.

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