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Wed. January 27, 2010 | Joey Knight | Email

Berkeley Prep boys soccer scoring leader T.J. Roehn, tagged with a three-week suspension following a heated first-half incident in a game last week against Lakeland Jenkins, said today his appeal of the penalty has been denied by the Florida High School Athletic Association.

Roehn, the 2009 Times Hillsborough County boys player of the year, was cited for "Level 2" unsportsmanlike conduct after being accused of punching a Jenkins player (which he denies) and using profanity (which he admits) late in the first half of the teams' Jan. 20 meeting. A "Level 2" infraction can carry a suspension of up to six weeks.

Roehn was appealing with the hope of getting his three-week suspension reduced to two. Now, the earliest he can return to action is Feb. 11 -- the day before the Class 3A region finals. Berkeley is competing this week in the District 10 tournament.

"I know they can do it without me," he said in a text message.

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