GMT Topic of the Day: Glendale athletes banned from postseason
GLENDALE, AZ (KGUN9-TV) - Postseason games are off for all athletes at Deer Valley High School in Glendale this year, according to CBS 5 in Phoenix.
A note on the school's website said the Arizona Interscholastic Association has put DVHS's entire athletic department on probation because the school allowed two ineligible varsity football players to participate in the season opener on Aug. 30.
The two football players in question are reportedly transfer students who've since been cleared to play.
"I don't even know who's fully responsible for it," said Robb Munden, player on the team. "They made a bad decision, whoever it was. We even lost the first game, if that was an issue. But they're still out there working hard. I mean, you watch practice tonight, they're still running as hard as they can - knowing that playoffs aren't an option. And that, to me, is winning."
The school said it will appeal the decision at the AIA's next meeting on Oct. 21.
The Deer Valley Unified School District is also investigating DVHS's decision to play those previously ineligible athletes.
The district issued a statement on Wednesday that said:
"The Deer Valley Unified School District will complete a full investigation regarding Deer Valley High School's athletic department, as a result of the Arizona Interscholastic Association's hearing on Sept. 16.
"The district will take appropriate action once the investigation is concluded. The focus remains on our students to ensure they do not suffer and are provided with full opportunities in athletics."