Twister girls vacate wins over player

Twister girls vacate wins over player
By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
The Union City High School girls’ basketball program has vacated all four of its victories due to the use of an ineligible player.
Tamara Nettles, a 5-10 sophomore who transferred to UCHS from Obion Central after also playing last year at Westview, has been deemed ineligible by the TSSAA due to circumstances surrounding her change of residence.
Union City Principal Wes Kennedy confirmed the ruling this morning and said the Lady Tornadoes’ record will now officially read 0-4 instead of 4-4.
Nettles, a starter, had played in victories over Chester County, Westview, Jackson Northside and Mun-ford.
She did not play last weekend against Bradford and Obion Central when the matter was under investigation.
Nettles had played at Westview until just after Christmas last season before transferring to Obion Central. She became eligible for the Lady Rebels in mid-January, according to OC head coach Lyle LaRue, and saw some playing time during the remaining of the regular season but only limited minutes in the postseason.
She then transferred to Union City.
Kennedy said his school was not aware that Nettles had established a Union City address during the period in which she transferred from Westview to Obion Central.
Upon changing schools from OC to UC, her records reportedly listed a Kenton address that was taken and used when eligibility papers were filed. The family now has the same Union City address it allegedly had before the transfer to Obion Central.
The Lady Tornadoes play at South Fulton tonight.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by e-mail at mhutch@ucmessenger.com. Published in The Messenger 12.6.11

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