Urbana athletics on probation until 2018 for using ineligible players


URBANA — Urbana High School athletics will be on IHSA probation until January 2018 for using two ineligible players in competition.  IHSA executive director Craig Anderson made the announcement late Monday afternoon, saying the two girls basketball players will have to sit out until March 6, 2017, the Monday following the completion of the basketball season.

“Both student-athletes competed while they were not complying with the IHSA residence by-laws,” Anderson said in the released statement to WCIA 3. 

As a result, Urbana will be forced to forfeit all 11 girls’ basketball wins from Nov. 14, 2016 through January 7, 2017.  One of the ineligible girls also ran cross country in the fall, meaning all of the Tigers’ victories in that sport will be void as well, including a regional title plaque.  The student-athlete’s individual accomplishments will also be forfeited.

In addition, the IHSA will require Urbana to submit a detailed plan describing corrective measures to assure accordance with the IHSA by-laws in the future.  WCIA 3 reached out to the school’s athletic director, Steve Waller, for an on-camera interview.  He declined, offering this statement instead.

UHS administration cooperated fully with the investigation.  Our residency and registration rules are consistently applied to all families.  We regret anytime a student is ruled ineligible by IHSA, and we will work to ensure that this does not negatively impact the students or the program moving forward.  Beyond that, we do not comment on individual student matters.”

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