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Gulf softball forfeits seven games, fined $700 for using academically ineligible player

Posted Apr 2, 2013 by Andy Villamarzo

Updated Apr 2, 2013 at 01:39 PM

Gulf High softball team will forfeit seven games and pay a $700 fine after using an academically ineligible player, according to Florida High School Athletic Association officials.

The FHSAA said one of Gulf’s coaches looked at the wrong set of grades while checking academic eligibility of players, claiming the coach looked at the weighted GPA instead of the unweighted GPA.

Buccaneers athletic director Travis DeWalt confirmed the report to the Tampa Tribune on Tuesday afternoon, and Gulf will go from 15-5 to 8-12 with just four games left before the Class 5A-District 8 tournament at Zephyrhills.

“The incident was a gross oversight, as a result procedures have been addressed and modified to eliminate any further issues,” DeWalt said.

Gulf coach Rick Hohenthaner declined to comment when reached by phone.

Gulf was 11-2 in district games, but must forfeit district games vs. Hudson, Pasco, Ridgewood, Wesley Chapel and Zephyrhills and non-district games vs. Land O’Lakes and Tampa Catholic.

FHSAA fines the team $100 per game the player participated in.

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