Top-ranked Omaha South has forfeited its Jan. 22 boys basketball victory over No. 3 Papillion-La Vista for use of two ineligible players.
Athletic Director Roni Huerta said Wednesday that the school self-reported the infraction on Monday to the Nebraska School Activities Association, which ordered the forfeit. The NSAA, she said, also is requiring the players to sit out Friday’s home game with Omaha Bryan.
Huerta, who did not name the players, said the school learned that the two boys participated in non-school competition on Jan. 20, two days before the Papillion-La Vista game. The Packers won the game 57-55.
The players reportedly are James Dumes and Tyler Hall.
Hall, a senior, has been a seasonlong starter for the Packers. The Papillion-La Vista game was the first for Dumes, a junior, after he sat out five contests for team disciplinary reasons.
Both played in last week’s 65-59 home win over three-time defending champion Omaha Central.
With the forfeited game, South’s record changes from 19-1 to 18-2 and Papillion-La Vista’s record improves from 16-4 to 17-3. The Packers dropped behind new leader Central in the Class A point standings that determine district seedings, and later, seedings for the state tournament.
South also has a game Saturday night at No. 4 Millard West, after the NSAA penalties have ended.
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