Cleveland team removed from tournament for violation

Cleveland team removed from tournament for violation

Post-season play is over before it begins for East Tech High School in Cleveland.

The East Tech girls basketball team has been removed from the Ohio High School Athletic Association postseason tournament for playing 23 regular season games, one more than the regulation 22 games.

Leroy Carter, athletic administrator for East Tech, notified the OHSAA of the violation on Tuesday.

The Scarabs, who received the No. 1 seed in their Division II district tournament and were receiving votes in the latest Associated Press state poll, ended the regular season last Saturday with a 19-4 record.

Leonard Jackson, commissioner of athletics for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and the Senate Athletic League, of which East Tech is a member, said the violation was not done maliciously, but agreed that the regulation and penalty are clear.

"The member schools of our conference are committed to following OHSAA bylaws and regulations, and East Tech brought this matter forward as soon as it was discovered," Jackson said. "East Tech will accept the penalty and we know that the school and all members of our conference will learn from this situation."

East Tech was to have hosted No. 12 seed Cleveland Collinwood Saturday in a sectional semifinal contest.

That line on the bracket will be vacated and Collinwood will advance to a sectional final at No. 11 seed Ashtabula Edgewood next Thursday, Feb. 26.

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