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Ineligible players drop Covington to 10th seed

Ineligible players drop Covington to 10th seed

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 12:00 pm

By MIKE HUTCHENS
Press Sports
The uncertainty of the postseason was taken to a new level Friday.
As first reported on Weakley County Press website 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.
Covington, which did as expected and routed South Gibson 73-32 in a play-in game Saturday, will now come to Martin tonight 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. Published in The WCP 2.12.13

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