Cleveland East Tech taken out of girls basketball tournaments

Cleveland East Tech taken out of girls basketball tournaments

The Cleveland East Technical High School girls basketball team has been removed from the Ohio High School Athletic Association postseason tournament for violating the regular-season contest limitation regulation, OHSAA Commissioner Dr. Dan Ross announced Wednesday.

Leroy Carter, athletic administrator for East Tech, notified the OHSAA of the violation on Tuesday. High School basketball teams are permitted to play 22 regular-season games. The Scarabs, which had 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, thus playing one more game than is permitted.

"One of the basic regulations for all our sanctioned sports is how many regular-season games are permitted," Ross said. "This is a very unfortunate violation when it happens and the penalty is severe, but our member schools have said that playing more games than permitted definitely gives a team a competitive advantage. We want to thank the East Tech administration for handling this in a professional manner and we trust this will not happen again at the school."

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. East Tech must also reimburse the officials fees to the Northeast District Athletic Board for the three officials who were assigned to work that contest.

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