It will be a very Merry Christmas for Michael Reyes.
The Gorton senior basketball player learned last night that the state overturned Section 1’s ruling to prohibit Reyes from playing this season. Reyes, a 5-foot-8 point guard, was deemed ineligible because he violated transfer rules when leaving Yonkers last Spring for Gorton.
Reyes appealed twice to Section 1 but was denied each time. It wasn’t until this week when Yonkers superintendent Bernard Pierorazio went up to Albany on Reyes’ behalf and convinced the NYSPHSAA that his transfer was for academic purposes, not athletic. Dr. Ronald Black of the state committee overturned the decision.
All the credit on this should go to Pierorazio. It’s not often a superintendent of a school district as large as Yonkers will go to bat for an athlete. He spoke for an hour at a meeting on Monday. Reyes owes him greatly.
Reyes should be cleared to play in games immediately. Gorton has only played three so far. Next up is the County Center against Kennedy on Tuesday. Not a bad way to make a return.