Former Gar-Field High School girls basketball players Heather and Jennifer Barany have petitioned the Prince William County Circuit Court to be granted permission to play this season at Potomac after exhausting their appeals for a transfer rule waiver.
A petition hearing is set for 10 a.m. Monday for the twin sisters, who live in the Potomac school district but were granted permission two years ago to transfer to Gar-Field to take a course not offered at Potomac.
For this school year the sisters, both juniors, received permission to transfer back to their own school district. According to court documents, their parents, Paul and Cheryl, said that their work schedules conflicted with their daughters' extracurricular activities schedules and that they could not provide transportation for the students.
The Baranys, however, were told June 8 that their daughters cannot participate in extracurricular activities this school year because they do not meet the necessary requirements to earn a waiver to the Virginia High School League's transfer rule.
The latest appeal, which the School Board denied on Oct. 13, led to the Circuit Court petition. On Nov. 17, the court granted a preliminary injunction that allowed the girls to try out for the Potomac team and to practice, but not play in games against other schools.
The Baranys attended Gar-Field their freshman and sophomore years and were reserves on the varsity girls basketball team that went 47-7 and won the 1998 Virginia AAA state championship.
The family's attorney, Theresa E. Cummins, said the Circuit Court decision could be their final legal option.
"I don't think we have a right to appeal," said Cummins, who did not respond to a request to interview the family. "The season is starting. An appeal to another court would be an academic exercise."