Out-of-district Player Costs Atholton Cagers Two Wins

Key Guard's Violation Causes Raiders Forfeits

February 05, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff writer

The Atholton boys basketball team, which is experiencing one of its worst seasons, must forfeit two games because a key player has been living outside the school district.

School officials learned recently that guard David Morris, one of Atholton's best players, has been living in the Oakland Mills school district while attending classes at Atholton. A parent of another student discovered the address discrepancy and notified the school, officials said.

"We have a pretty strict system, and you really have to go out ofyour way to beat it," said Don Disney, executive supervisor of health and physical education. "But something like this still happens about once a year in some sport."

Morris could not be reached for comment.

Although Disney would not identify the player, saying it was against school policy, two school athletic officials confirmed that Morris was the player. The two officials, who asked not to be named, said Morris, 18, had listed a friend's address as his own. He has not played for Atholton since he scored 19 points in a loss to Damascus on Jan. 3. Morris was averaging 11 points a game.

After making inquiries about the address, school officials last week determined that Morris was ineligible to play. State rules require that a team forfeitany winning game in which an ineligible player participated.

The Raiders, who were 4-10, must forfeit their victories over Bel Air andLiberty. Their record drops to 2-12.

Morris, who previously attended Oakland Mills and Hammond high schools, transferred from NorthernHigh in Baltimore last September.

He has received an undisclosed penalty, officials said.

Raiders coach Jim Albert declined to comment.

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