T-birds forfeit two wins

  • By Tony Dondero Enterprise reporter
  • Thursday, January 24, 2008 12:16pm


The Shorewood boys basketball team will have to forfeit its two wins because of the use of an ineligible player.

The player did not attend school the spring semester and that violated the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association’s rule that requires an athlete to attend school previous semester to the semester he plays. The Shoreline School District self-reported the violation Friday to the Western Conference which imposed the penalties on Shorewood in accordance with WIAA rules.

“This violation is strictly an administrative error, and one that slipped through our checks and balances. The athlete correctly checked the appropriate boxes stating he had not attended school the previous semester, and we simply made an error in noting the previous semester violation,” Shoreline School District athletic director Don Dalziel wrote in a statement.

Dalziel declined to identify the player, but in an interview with the Shoreline Enterprise Jan. 11, Shorewood forward Stuart Harvey said he dropped out of school in the fall of 2006.

Harvey scored what is believed to be a school and Western Conference record 54 points against Jackson Jan. 8.

Dalziel also wrote, “This athlete will not participate in games at any level, until the start of second semester, providing he meets the academic requirements of the WIAA and the Shoreline School District.”

The first semester at Shorewood’s ends Feb. 1, which means the player would be eligible to play that night against Edmonds-Woodway if he meets the district’s academic requirements, Dalziel said. Shorewood forfeits a 45-44 victory over Hazen, Nov. 27 and a 62-57 win over Shorecrest Dec. 11.

Shorewood is now 0-11 in the league and 0-15 overall while Shorecrest is now 3-8 in the league and 6-9 overall.

SHORECREST WRESTLERS PICK UP WIN: The Shorecrest wrestling team bagged its first win of the season over Roosevelt, Jan. 15, winning 37-36 on criteria.

Shorecrest coach Lee Thornhill said Aaron Salmon’s victory at 112 pounds was the key win for the Scots. Normally a 103-pounder, Salmon won 11-9 in overtime.

“He got off his back three times,” Thornhill said. “If he doesn’t win that match, we don’t win at all.” Shorecrest also earned its second win that night, defeating Lakeside 60-18 in the nightcap of the three-team double dual.

SHOREWOOD GYMNASTS SECOND AT SEHOME INVITE: Shorewood scored 140 points as a team to finish second to Sehome’s 159.15 points at the 36th annual Sehome Invite July 19. Shorecrest scored 131.4 points to finish fifth out of six teams.

Shorewood’s Crystal Bugai scored an 8.7 on the vault to finish in a tie for first while teammate Allison Sherris finished in a tie for third with a score of 8.5. Bugai also placed third in the bars with a score of 8.1, sixth in the floor with a score of 8.6 and 11th on the beam with a score of 7.0.

Bugai was seventh in the all-around with 32.4 points, Shorecrest’s Megan Farris-Mayock was ninth with a score of 31.85 and Sherris was 13th with a score of 28.

THE LEGEND OF TONY WROTEN: Garfield freshman Tony Wroten doesn’t play in the Wesco, but if you get a chance to see him play this year it’s well worth the time.

At the nightcap of the King Classic at Hec Edmundson Pavilion Jan. 21, Wroten scored 18 points and helped led the Bulldogs to an 83-76 win over Federal Way. The 6-foot-5 Wroten, and son of former Washington tight end Tony Wroten, is considered by some to be the top freshman in the country. He can take anyone off the dribble and drive to the hoop. He can spot up and hit the three, dunk, make dazzling passes for assists, block shots, do just about anything on a basketball court. He’s a better player than Garfield alum and NBA rookie of the year Brandon Roy was at the same age.

FINNICUM SETTLES ON OHIO STATE: Mountlake Terrace senior Casey Finnicum plans to continue his wrestling career at Ohio State. Finnicum, who won the Class 4A 171-pound state title in 2007, had taken trips to Ohio State and Cal State Fullerton.

“They have really good coaches,” Finnicum said of the Buckeye program. “They have a lot of coaches who have wrestled on the world level. They have great facilities. The guys were awesome. I like the whole idea of the school.”

Finnicum recently underwent surgery on his left ankle to repair damage sustained last June during a football drill. Finnicum missed his senior year of football and also had to cut short his wrestling season. He is currently using crutches and won’t begin physical therapy for several weeks. Finnicum expects to be fully recovered when he starts schoool.

Shorecrest at Meadowdale girls basketball

Game time: 7:30 p.m., Friday Jan. 25

Records (through Jan. 18): Meadowdale (8-2 Wesco South, 11-2 overall), Shorecrest (8-3, 9-6).

Last meeting: Meadowdale 70, Shorecrest 35.

Players to watch: Meadowdale senior guard Eryn Jones is top scorer in the state in Class 3A, averaging 23.4 points per game. Hanna Fjortoft averages 12.2 points for the Mavs. Shorecrest senior guard Jocelyn Riordan averages 14.1 points and junior post Gloria Tseng averages 11.2 points.

The 411: Meadowdale’s only blemishes have come at the hands of Jackson and its next closest game was a seven-point win over Kamiak, who blew out the Scots by 34, Jan. 12. Shorecrest pulled out close wins against Shorewood and Edmonds-Woodway but they’ll have to play more consistent against the Mavericks or they’ll get run out of the gym. These teams will both be in the 3A District playoffs in late February in Arlington. Meadowdale is simply at another level and the Scots will have to play their best basketball and eliminate turnovers.

Enterprise pick: Meadowdale 66, Shorecrest 50.

King’s at Archbishop Murphy boys basketball

Game time: 7 p.m., Tuesday Jan. 29

Records (through Jan. 18): King’s (8-0 Cascade Conference, 10-4 overall); Archbishop Murphy (4-3, 6-7)

Last meeting: King’s 48, Archbishop Murphy 29.

Players to watch: King’s senior forward Erich Fuhlendorf averages 19.3 points and senior post Dylan O’Neil averages 14.3 points. J.D. Melton leads the Wildcats in scoring at 9.1 points per game.

The 411: King’s, ranked No. 1 in 1A by WashingtonPreps.com and No. 2 by the Associated Press used its defense to smother Archbishop Murphy Dec. 19. The Knights did not allow the Wildcats a double-digit quarter in a 48-29 win. The Wildcats, who do not have a player averaging double figures, usually play King’s tough at home but the Knights are rolling right now, behind Fuhlendorf and O’Neil.

Enterprise pick: King’s 57, Archbishop Murphy 45.

Herald staff contributed to this report.

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