SPORTS digest OHSAA ousts Dayton Dunbar
The Ohio High School Athletic Association has removed the Dayton Dunbar High School boys basketball team from the state tournament for using an ineligible player.
By rule, Dunbar will be replaced on the bracket by the most recent team it defeated in the tournament, which is Dayton Thurgood Marshall High School.
The ineligibility stems from a bench-clearing fight on Jan. 10 during a regular-season game between Dunbar and Thurgood Marshall. Seven Dunbar players left the bench during the altercation, but the school failed to suspend the players for two games, which is mandated by national rule.
The OHSAA made seven documented attempts to communicate with the school regarding the mandated suspensions. However, the suspensions were not served, resulting in forfeiture and removal from the tournament when one of the ineligible players participated.
Thurgood Marshall players also left the bench during the Jan. 10 fight, but the school properly suspended those players.
“We never want to remove a team from the tournament, but the school’s inability to follow proper procedure and communicate is disturbing,” said Dr. Dan Ross, OHSAA Executive Director. “Sitting out two games for fighting, or leaving the bench during a fight, is a rule that all our coaches and schools know.