In circumstances very similar to an UCBAC boys basketball shake up from the 2011-12 season, the Aberdeen Eagles announced Tuesday they would be forfeiting the first 15 games of their 2012-13 campaign due to an ineligible player being used.
Almost a year ago to the day, the Elkton boys basketball team, which had won 19 of its first 21 games in the 2011-12 season, forfeited all of its victories after it was discovered that the Elks had used an ineligible player.
Prior to Aberdeen's announcement, the Eagles were 13-4 overall on the year, and 8-1 in Chesapeake (upper) Division games. By forfeiting their first 15 contests, those in which the ineligible player was used, Aberdeen fell to 2-15 overall, and 1-8 in the Chesapeake standings. Prior to the forfeitures, the Eagles were one of three teams, along with Edgewood and Patterson Mill, that stood a chance at taking the Chesapeake Division crown, and with it a trip to the UCBAC title game.
Aberdeen Athletic Director Tim Lindecamp issued a short message via email Tuesday morning in which he confirmed the Aberdeen squad was forfeiting its games due to a rules violation.
"We discovered that we had an ineligible player, and reported it right away," Lindecamp said. "We will continue the season and participate in the playoffs."
The player's name has not been released at this point, and it has not been made clear whether he was ineligible due to living outside the Aberdeen school district, or because of grades.