We’ve learned moments ago through the Pasadena Unified School District that the Pasadena girls basketball team will forfeit five games, three of which were key wins in the Pacific League, including a huge 36-32 win over Muir last week. The Bulldogs will forfeit the games after it was discovered they were playing with a player ruled academically ineligible on Dec. 23. She played in games against Burbank (loss), Burroughs (win), Glendale (win), Arcadia (loss), Muir (win). The league will soon be notified of the forfeits. It’s possible that the player also took part in games during tournament play, but that has not been determined. However, the forfeits in league are of importance, and could have huge ramifications for the Bulldogs’ playoff hopes. Pasadena was 11-7 overall and 4-2 in league. The Bulldogs now will fall to 7-10 overall and 1-5 in league. Muir now returns to unbeaten status in league, improving to 18-3 overall and 7-0 in league.
STATEMENT FROM PASADENA PRINCIPAL GILBERT BARRAZA:
“After investigating the academic progress or our athletes, it was discovered that a player on the Pasadena High School (PHS) Girls Varsity Basketball team was academically ineligible from 12/23/11 to the present. Because of this discovery, PHS will be forfeiting the wins in the following games that this player played in:
1/6 vs. Burroughs
1/9 vs. Glendale
1/20 vs. Muir
Integrity and academics trump all else at PHS. I hope that this can serve as an example to our students that when you make a mistake you own up to it and carry forward. That is what we plan to do at PHS.”