UPDATED 1/26/15: On Jan. 24, Marcus High School (MHS) announced to its girls’ varsity basketball team and their parents that the majority of their games will be forfeited due to an ineligible player playing on the team this season.
According to LISD Athletic Director Tim Ford, the ineligibility of the player “did not have anything to do with residency.”
This information was shared after MHS and Lewisville ISD’s Athletic Department completed a thorough investigation. MHS is currently in 3rd place in district standings, but due to the forfeitures this will drop them out of the district race.
“Unfortunately, when incidents like this occur, an entire team has to suffer the consequences,” LISD Interim Superintendent Dr. Kevin Rogers said. “This is a very disappointing situation for all involved.”
LISD will continue to work with the University Interscholastic League (UIL) to determine if any additional steps need to be addressed moving forward.
“This is an upsetting consequence the girls’ varsity basketball team is having to face,” MHS Principal Gary Shafferman said. “But MHS must adhere to UIL rules and guidelines. Due to the sensitivity of this circumstance, please respect our players and their families during this time.”
Due to Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) laws, LISD is unable to share any additional information.
“As with all academic and extracurricular programs, the Marauder pride in excellence will continue,” Shafferman said.