Wheatley HS Boys Basketball Forfeits Five Wins Because of Ineligible Players
The HISD Athletics Department today presented the University Interscholastic League’s 22-4A District Executive Committee with the findings of an investigation into an alleged UIL rule violation related to the Wheatley High School boys varsity basketball team.
The HISD investigation revealed that a UIL rules violation occurred this season when six freshmen enrolled at the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy were allowed to play in six games for Wheatley. The students reside in the Sterling High School attendance zone. The UIL District Executive Committee agreed with this finding. The rules clearly state that students attending schools with no attendance zones, such as the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy, are to participate in athletics on their home campus.
Three of the six ineligible players participated in six Wheatley varsity games, and Wheatley won five of those games. As a result of today’s finding of a UIL violation, those five wins are now forfeited.
The top four teams from District 22-4A will make the playoffs. The updated District 22-4A standings are as follows:
1. Jones (11-1)
2. Worthing (7-4)
3. Washington (6-5)
4. Wheatley (5-6)
5. Furr (4-7)
6. Kashmere (4-8)
7. Scarborough (2-9)
Wheatley has one regular season game remaining and could still make the playoffs, depending on the outcomes of Wheatley’s game against Jones and Furr’s game against Washington. Both games will be played Wednesday. If Wheatley and Furr finish the regular season tied for fourth place, both coaches could agree to break the tie with a coin flip. A game to resolve the tie would be played if either coach does not want settle the tie with a coin toss.
HISD Athletics Director Marmion Dambrino has relieved the Wheatley basketball head coach and the Wheatley ninth-grade basketball coach, who is a teacher at the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy, from their coaching duties for the rest of the season.
The Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in Texas and the seventh-largest in the United States with 298 schools and more than 200,000 students. The 301-square-mile district is one of the largest employers in the Houston metropolitan area with nearly 30,000 employees.
For more information, visit the HISD website at www.houstonisd.org.