Sun Valley boys must forfeit all 17 wins
Sun Valley High's boys basketball team must forfeit all 17 of its wins from the 2012-13 season — along with its Southern Carolina Conference tournament title and regular-season co-championship — for using an ineligible player.
Sun Valley self-reported the infraction, according to Spartans coach Keith Mason, after discovering a player was living out of district. The violation was reported to the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.
"We had reason to believe one of our players was living out of district and upon investigating it we found it to be true," Mason said. "We reported it to the NCHSAA last week and they sent us a letter back on Monday. We informed our staff, parents and players."
Sun Valley went 17-9 last season and shared the Southern Carolina Conference regular season title with Marvin Ridge. The Spartans were also SCC tournament champions.
Now the Mavericks are the outright regular season champs and Anson is the tournament champion.
"We've just got to learn from it and hopefully the kids will get stronger from it," Mason said. "We can't let this affect us too much. We just have to work a little harder, come back and put this behind us. We've worked extremely hard to build a successful program and we'll bounce back."
Sun Valley has either won or shared the SCC regular season title each of the last three seasons.
The Spartans were 17-8 in 2010-11 and shared the championship with Marvin Ridge. In 2011-12, Sun Valley went 10-0 in league play.
The Spartans are graduating five seniors, including leading scorer Kendall Ratliff, a 6-5 forward who averaged 16.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.