Suitland High School, the 1985 Maryland Class AA boys basketball state champion, has been ordered to forfeit its first six victories because of four ineligible players.
Edward Felegy, Prince George's County deputy school superintendent, ruled Tuesday that Suitland must forfeit the games after players Anthony King and Ray Jennings were found to have violated county residency requirements. Jennings and King, both seniors, attended Friendly last year.
Two other players, who were not named, were declared ineligible because they failed to meet the 2.0 minimum grade point average last spring.
"I felt we went through all the proper channels regarding Anthony," said Sheila King, mother of Anthony King. "I didn't expect things to turn out this way."
Suitland Coach Irvin Hay said: "We did everything we were supposed to regarding the transfers of King and Jennings. The kids enrolled before the season began and the matter was turned over to our principal (Walter Battle).
"The other kids' grades were checked and we thought they were okay, too.
"This looks like Suitland just went out and got four players and broke some rules. We didn't."
Suitland, the second winningest school in Prince George's County the past three seasons (behind Friendly) with a 53-16 mark, had won six of its first eight games this season.
With the forfeits, Suitland has a 1-11 record.