We’ve all wanted to go back in time at certain junctures in our lives: I often imagine myself traveling back to 2002 to try and talk some sense into Dusty Baker before Game 7 of the World Series. Or just to be sure, go to 1975 to prevent Livan Hernandez from being born. But here’s one guy who actually did turn back the clock. At least for a while.
(Umm, does he look 17 to you?)
Anthony Avalos attended Kofa High School in Yuma, Arizona as a senior this year; dated high school chicks and even tried out for the basketball team. One problem: He actually graduated from high school in Florida in 2005. Avalos is really 22 years old, and the whole thing was a scam to try and get a basketball scholarship. How did he get caught? You’re gonna laugh …
From the PHOENIX NEW TIMES:
It wasn’t until Avalo tried to register to play basketball that his attempt to relive his high school glory days was cut short.
Avalos made a fake birth certificate on his computer, that aside from just looking fake, had spelling errors all over it.
The district launched an investigation and finally realized that a 22-year-old man had been posing as a high school kid for more than four months.
Police were called, and Avalos was arrested and charged with forgery and sexual conduct with a minor.
Yeah, it seems that Avalos jumped into the high school lifestyle with both feet: Including sexy time with his 17-year-old girlfriend. When you yourself are 17, that’s amore. When you’re 22, that’s a felony. Avalos is currently being held on $100,000 bail.
Avalos got in to Yuma High because of an Arizona State law in which homeless kids don’t have to show documentation to enroll in high school. Avalos said he was from Louisiana, and that all of his school records were lost due to Hurricane Katrina.
Team photo above is from a summer league team Avalos evidently played for, in the 17-under age division.
This of course is not a first. Some may recall the story of James Hogue, who in the mid-1980s at the age of 25, passed himself off as a high school senior in Palo Alto, Calif., and won several prep cross country races. A reporter with the PENINSULA TIMES-TRIBUNE, Jason Cole (now an NFL writer with YAHOO SPORTS), uncovered those shenanigans, and Hogue did jail time.
Hogue later resurfaced at the age of 31 as a cross country runner at Princeton, where a former Palo Alto High classmate recognized him and turned him in.
The thing was, Hogue resembled a choir boy and could reasonably pass for a high school student at age 25. Avalos? Dude, at least shave the ’stache.