UPDATE: Around 2:50 p.m. on Friday, the Virginia High School League officials told Richmond Public Schools that the George Wythe High School varsity boys basketball team will not be forced to forfeit its post-season games and is eligible to retain its regional championship title. Only the school's junior varsity season is affected. _____________________________________
RICHMOND, Va. - According to a statement released by Richmond Public Schools on Friday, the George Wythe High School boys basketball team must forfeit its regional championship title and a number of games due to a Virginia High School League violation.
The school must also forfeit 17 junior varsity regular season games and eight varsity post-season games.
GWHS Principal Reva Green discovered a discrepancy on Thursday and reported it to district and VHSL officials. This prompted an investigation by the district; when the investigation is complete, appropriate actions will be taken.
The school must pay a $100 fine, according to VHSL rules and regulations. GWHS officials will meet with the basketball players and their parents to further discuss the matter.
School officials will meet with players and parents to provide additional details on the forfeiture.
Per the Richmond Public Schools release:
"The district is committed to upholding the policies set forth by VHSL and commends school administration for appropriately self-reporting the matter. Moreover, while these findings are an unfortunate outcome for an otherwise exceptional season, the district reiterates its support and appreciation for these student-athletes and their families."
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