The Park High School varsity boys basketball team will forfeit 10 of its 2009-10 regular season games based on the findings of an internal investigation into violations of the Racine Unified School District’s Athletic Code. These violations, related to truancy, resulted in some players being ineligible to participate in some games. Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) rules require teams to forfeit games in which players are found to be ineligible.Original Post:
Park officials contacted the WIAA and athletic directors at affected schools on Wednesday, Feb. 24. The 10 games are:
As of Feb. 24, Park’s regular season record is 11-10.
- Nov. 27: West De Pere
- Dec. 1: Milwaukee Custer
- Dec. 11: Kenosha Bradford
- Dec. 15: Racine Horlick
- Dec. 29: Beloit Memorial
- Jan. 15: Franklin
- Jan. 19: Kenosha Tremper
- Jan. 29: Kenosha Bradford
- Feb. 2: Racine Horlick
- Feb. 16: Franklin
All Park High School players will be eligible to participate in the WIAA regional playoffs starting Tuesday, March 2 if they are in compliance with the RUSD Athletic Code.
The internal investigation was started Feb. 17 and conducted by Park H.S. Directing Principal Dan Thielen, Area Superintendent Brian Colbert and Park H.S. Activities Director Jim Kerkvliet. The WIAA was kept informed throughout the investigation and review.
No. 1 ranked Park boys basketball team to forfeit games
The No. 1-ranked Park High School boy's basketball team will forfeit some of its games because some of the team's players broke truancy rules.
The number of games forfeited will be determined Wednesday, according to a statement from Racine Unified. It's unclear how the forfeits will affect Park's hopes of a state championship, though the release said all players will be eligible for the WIAA regional playoffs.
Here's the statement from Unified:
Park High School expects to forfeit some of its 2009-10 varsity boys basketball games as a result of an internal investigation into violations of the Racine Unified School District’s Athletic Code as it relates to truancy. The exact number of games to be forfeited will be announced Wednesday, Feb. 24 following verification of the class attendance records of some team members.
The RUSD’s Athletic Code requires players to have no unexcused absences during the week prior to a game. Games to be forfeited involved players who were later found to be ineligible.
All Park High School players will be eligible to participate in the WIAA regional playoffs starting Tuesday, March 2, assuming they attend classes and comply with the RUSD Athletic Code.
The investigation began last Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the request of Park High School Directing Principal Dan Thielen. The review and investigation was conducted by Thielen, Area Superintendent Brian Colbert and Park H.S. Activities Director Jim Kerkvliet. The WIAA has been informed of the ongoing investigation.