Wilson girls ruled out of third-place game
By Alan Goldenbach,
D.C. Public Schools has ruled Wilson’s girls’ basketball out of Saturday’s D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association’s consolation game, following the investigation into the eligibility of a player who played for two schools this season.
According to a email from a DCPS spokesperson, an investigation revealed that while neither the school nor student “willfully violated” the terms of eligibility, the student did play for Pallotti this season before transferring to Wilson last month and then playing for the Tigers. DCIAA rules prohibit anyone from playing for two teams in the same school year. A team must forfeit any games it wins with an ineligible player, according to DCIAA rules.
The DCIAA learned of this Tuesday and ruled the player ineligible for Wilson’s DCIAA quarterfinal Wednesday against Ballou. Wilson won anyway, 50-24, but lost to H.D. Woodson in Thursday’s semifinals, 63-25.
As a result, Ballou will take Wilson’s place in Saturday’s consolation game against Anacostia at noon at Coolidge.