HAVELOCK | After self-reporting ineligible basketball players, Havelock High has forfeited wins.
The Rams’ varsity boys’ team forfeited a non-conference win over J.H. Rose and a conference win over Richlands after one of its players was determined to be ineligible last Thursday. The junior varsity girls’ squad vacated four wins after the same issue.
Havelock boys’ basketball coach Daniel Griffee took the wins off the high school athletics web site Maxpreps.com, the site the North Carolina High School Athletic Association uses to determine rankings, even though he hasn’t heard a ruling from the NCHSAA.
“They haven’t told me anything but talking to (Havelock principal) Dr. Murphy and everyone, it’s inevitable. I went ahead and changed it,” Griffee said.
Even if there’s an appeal process, Griffee said they have no plans to fight it.
Havelock, now at 0-7 and 0-2 in the Coastal 3-A Conference, plays Jones Senior on Thursday at East Carteret High School.
“I don’t know if there’s an appeal process. If there is, we aren’t going to go through with it because he’s ineligible,” Griffee said.
Havelock High uses software called Power School that keeps grades for everyone in the school, and there’s also a component that checks student-athlete eligibility.
Havelock Athletics Director Mitch Williams said that two student-athletes were found ineligible after organizing on the software last Thursday evening.
“That prompted us to look further and make sure there weren’t any more issues,” Williams said. “The athletic eligibility report that is printed out is what has caused a couple players to play that we found, by accident, were ineligible. We found that and self-reported it to the state.”
Williams said that he called and emailed the NCHSAA to explain their dilemma, but the offices were closed when the ineligibility was reported.
Griffee said that his player made the grade, but was found ineligible because he missed too many days of class.
According to the Craven County attendance policy, “students who are absent more than 10 days and have no lawful excuses turned in may lose credit for the class.”
The computer system showed the letter grade for the student-athletes, but the missed days were overlooked, making them ineligible.
“We have two systems, one system does transcripts and the other system checks eligibility. On the transcript, they write a number grade down if they pass. He failed because he missed too many days,” Griffee said. “If the next semester comes around and you make all of your days, and you pass the next semester’s classes, you get credit for the semester before.”
The student-athletes will be available to play at the beginning of the next semester in late January.
“I’m disappointed in the fact that we have to take those two losses on the account of a computer technicality,” Griffee said. “Life’s all about adapting and overcoming. That’s what we are going to work on.”
Adam Thompson is the Sports Editor at the Sun Journal. He can be contacted at 252-635-5669. Follow Adam on Twitter @A_ThompsonNBSJ