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Wilkinsburg girls DQ'd from WPIAL playoffs

Kevin Gorman
| Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012

The Wilkinsburg girls basketball team was disqualified from the WPIAL tournament after forfeiting two section games for using an ineligible player, WPIAL executive director Tim O'Malley said.

Wilkinsburg used a player who lives in the school district but attends Career Connections charter school, which fields boys and girls basketball teams. Section 3-AA foe Springdale received an anonymous tip about the ineligible player and informed Wilkinsburg, which self-reported the infraction to the WPIAL and submitted a letter of forfeiture late last week.

"Obviously, it's unusual. Anytime somebody has to forfeit, that's not something you like to see happen," O'Malley said. "In their defense, they didn't know they were in violation. They made the assumption that the kids were eligible if they are in their district, which is only half right."

After the forfeited games, Wilkinsburg (8-14, 4-8) dropped to fifth place in Section 3-AA.

"This is one that slipped through the cracks," Wilkinsburg superintendent Archie Perrin said. "Someone just missed it. It was something not done intentionally.

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