Thursday, February 2, 2006
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Gwinnett Daily Post
The Georgia High School Association confirmed on Wednesday that Meadowcreek's boys basketball team has forfeited a Jan. 27 win over Brookwood because a Mustang player violated the organization's rule for participation in one calendar day.
Per GHSA rules, players are permitted to compete in varsity and junior varsity or ninth-grade basketball games on the same day. But it doesn't permit playing more than five quarters in one calendar day, a rule listed as GHSA By-Law 1.44. In the Jan. 27 instance, a Meadowcreek boy played three quarters in the ninth-grade game and another three in the Mustangs' 75-39 varsity win over Brookwood.
Because of the violation, the GHSA issued a minimal fine to Meadowcreek and ordered the forfeiture of the Brookwood victory. The Mustangs now drop to 10-3 in Region 8-AAAAA, tied with Parkview for second place behind Shiloh. Brookwood improves to 4-9 in the region.
"It was a lack of communication that night between the ninth-grade coach and the varsity coach," Meadowcreek athletic director Darlene Werhnyak said. "The kid played three quarters in the ninth-grade game and during the varsity game, one of our kids got undercut. He couldn't shoot the free throws, so the coach grabbed (the ninth-grader) and told him to shoot the free throws. Then they put him back in later in the game. We realized that after the game and turned it into the GHSA."
Meadowcreek is the second 8-AAAAA boys team to forfeit this season. South Gwinnett forfeited five wins, including two region victories, earlier this month because is used an ineligible transfer player. One of South's forfeits was a win over Meadowcreek.