Krop High was fined for letting star Sonya Latycheva play.
Krop High was fined for letting star Sonya Latycheva play.

Krop Was Fined For Ineligible Star Tennis Player

Yesterday, Riptide debunked embattled Krop High athletic director Michael Kypriss' claim that he had never before encountered an immigration paperwork conflict of the type that recently got his boys' basketball disqualified.

Turns out, he had dealt with the same issue just last year, when the Florida High School Athletic Association investigated a Canadian-born star female tennis player.

Reached at the school, Kypriss repeated the same thing several times: "Both of those girls were cleared to play last year."

That's not exactly true. Sonya Latycheva did play -- the talented then-junior won the doubles state championship and placed second in the singles category -- but the FHSAA ruled that the school had violated rules in her three years of play by not filing the immigration paperwork.

The athletic association was lenient, classifying the lapse as a "minor" violation and fining the school $400 -- a break from the possible $2,500-per-contest levy. "Continued violations of this nature," the FHSAA noted in a memo to the school (embedded below), "may warrant additional penalties and [be] considered major infractions."

Latycheva, who has played on the professional circuit, is home-schooled, but allowed to play for Krop under FHSAA provisions. One of the top players in Florida, the senior leads a Krop juggernaut that placed third in the state last year.

In an e-mail to Riptide, Kypriss hedged blame: "Please note that [Latycheva] played her freshman and sophomore years and I was not the Athletic Director."

When she played in money tournaments, he added, she only accepted "travel money" and not prize money. That's "permitted to maintain her amateur status," he wrote.


Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


All-access pass to the top stories, events and offers around town.

  • Top Stories


All-access pass to top stories, events and offers around town.

Sign Up >

No Thanks!

Remind Me Later >