Monday, January 28, 2008

Washington-Lee Forfeits

Washington-Lee Forfeits Three Wins
By B.J. Koubaroulis
Special to The Washington Post
Tuesday, January 29, 2008; E07

Washington-Lee has forfeited all three of its victories after it was discovered the Generals used an ineligible player, Coach Bobby Dobson confirmed yesterday.

The Generals' wins over Jefferson, H.D. Woodson and Falls Church will be forfeited because it was found that a senior transfer was in violation of a Virginia High School League rule that requires a player to have guardianship at his or her residence, Dobson explained.

According to the VHSL Handbook, the "Transfer Rule" states that a "student shall not have enrolled in one high school and subsequently transferred to and enrolled in another high school without a corresponding change in the residence of his/her parents, parent, or guardian."

According to Dobson, the player in question began the school year at Falls Church High School. When that player turned 18, he moved into his aunt's house in the Washington-Lee school district because of a "hardship with his family," Dobson said.

"As far as I knew, he was able to play. We found out later that he couldn't.
"It's under appeal with the VHSL and, hopefully, this week it will be resolved," Dobson said.

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