The Largo football team will forfeit its season-opening win and possibly one more game for using an ineligible player, and Coach Ray Crawford has been suspended for the remainder of the season, Prince George's County supervisor of athletics Earl Hawkins said yesterday.
The forfeit will drop the Lions, now 4-5, from playoff contention in the Maryland 4A South Region. Prior to the forfeit, Largo had been in position to earn the region's final playoff berth with a victory in tonight's regular season finale against High Point. Instead, the berth will go to the winner of tomorrow's game between Northwestern and Oxon Hill.
A committee of Prince George's coaches and administrators met yesterday and decided that Largo would have to forfeit any games in which the ineligible player participated. The player in question was a junior who transferred from Parkdale and later was sent back to Parkdale after it was learned that he did not live in Largo's enrollment district, Hawkins said.
County officials are investigating whether the player participated in any games beyond the first two of the season, a season-opening victory over Forest Park of Baltimore and a loss to C.H. Flowers, Hawkins said.
"If [Largo] had checked all transfer students, they would have known he did not belong at their school," said Hawkins, who prior to the season sent all Prince George's schools a memo instructing them to ensure all transfers were eligible.
Crawford, who was an assistant coach at Parkdale last season, also was given a letter of censure and barred from conducting any conditioning or weight-room workouts for the remainder of the school year. The player was prohibited for playing in any sports for the next 60 days and is not eligible to play football at a county school next year, Hawkins said.
Largo is expected to appeal yesterday's ruling to Prince George's superintendent Andre J. Hornsby today.
Crawford declined to comment yesterday.
Two River Hill juniors won the boys' and girls' races in the Maryland 3A East cross-country championship at Centennial. Sergiy Zubko won the boys' race in 17 minutes 37 seconds, and Wilde Lake's Scott Gayer finished second in 17:41.
On the girls' side, River Hill's Beth Seelaus won in 21:53, in front of second-place Katie Williams (21:58) of Wilde Lake. River Hill captured the boys' team title with 39 points, ahead of Wilde Lake (41) and Centennial (51). Centennial won the girls' crown with 33 points, followed by Mount Hebron (56) and River Hill (69).
Stone Ridge Wins
Senior setter Cally Haggerty had 13 assists and freshman middle hitter Elissa Goeke had 10 blocks and five kills to lead host Stone Ridge to a 25-23, 25-16, 10-25, 15-25, 15-7 victory in the quarterfinals of the Independent Schools League's A conference volleyball playoffs.
-- Josh Barr,
and Rich Campbell