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Covington forfeits shuffle 13AA field

Covington forfeits shuffle 13AA field
Covington forfeits shuffle 13AA field | Covington forfeits shuffle 13AA field

By MIKE HUTCHENS
Messenger Sports Editor
The uncertainty of the postseason was taken to a new level Friday.
As first reported on the Messenger and Weakley County Press websites around noon Friday, the second-ranked Covington boys were forced to forfeit all of their 24 victories when it was determined that a pair of brothers who transferred from Haywood in the offseason were ruled to have dual residency rather than living only in Covington.
The fallout not only dropped the Chargers’ record to 0-27 from 24-3, but also left the seedings for the 13AA district tournament in a quandary.
Rather than seed Covington in the aftermath of the violation, the TSSAA — the state’s governing body of high school athletics — dumped the decision in the laps of the league’s coaches as to where the Chargers would fall.
A vote taken resulted in the Chargers being placed at the bottom of the 10-team league — creating another widely-discussed topic in the aftermath.
With Westview then slated to play at Crockett County for the regular season district title and top tourney seed Friday night, many were left to wonder if either team would put much emphasis on the contest given that the winner likely would have to face Covington in a win-or-go-home quarterfinal game Tuesday.
By all accounts, though, both the Chargers and CC treated the game no differently than they have any other with Westview winning a 75-65 decision to sew up the top spot.
Covington, which did as expected and routed South Gibson 73-32 in a play-in game Saturday, will now come to Martin Tuesday night where essentially the two top teams in the district will play with one’s season ending.
Covington beat Obion Central 71-58 Friday night in its first game following the forfeits and will come in officially at 2-27.
Westview, which got two forfeit wins over Covington, is now 25-4.
Covington won both regular season meetings between the two — 84-79 in Martin on Dec. 11, and then 82-50 on Jan. 25 in Tipton County.
The District 13AA Tournament continues with the quarterfinal round on Tuesday, all four games at the sites of the higher seeds.
Semifinal play will be Friday.
Sports editor Mike Hutchens can be contacted by email at mhutch@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 2.11.13

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