RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - George Wythe High School's boys basketball team has been stripped of its regional championship title for a Virginia High School League violation.
The exact nature of the violation isn't clear, but a source say the issue stems from a possible ineligible player. According to the source, information is now being reviewed and the players may be found to be eligible, after all.
Richmond Public School officials say the current ruling means the team must forfeit the regional championship, 17 junior varsity regular season games and eight varsity, post-season games.
School officials say Wythe's principal discovered the issue Thursday and immediately reported it to district and VHSL officials. RPS has launched an investigation into the matter and school officials plan to meet with the players and parents.
The school is required to pay a $100 fine, according to the VHSL rules and regulations.
"The district is committed to upholding the policies set forth by VHSL and commends school administration for appropriately self-reporting the matter," a RPS official states. "Moreover, while these findings are an unfortunate outcome for an otherwise exceptional season, the district reiterates its support and appreciation for these student-athletes and their families. "
After winning the regional, Wythe lost to John Marshall 74-56 in the group 3A boys basketball state champion game. It was the first time in history that two boys programs from Richmond city schools met with the state title on the line.
Wythe last played for a state championship in 2002. The Bulldogs have never won a state basketball championship.