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Friday, February 17, 2006 - Page updated at 01:05 PM

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Prep Beat: Garfield girls won't have to forfeit games

Seattle Times staff reporter

Order was restored in KingCo 4A girls basketball Thursday when the SeaKing District overturned a KingCo Conference ruling requiring Garfield to forfeit its first eight games of the 2005-06 season.

"I'm just happy for my babies," Garfield coach Joyce Walker said with reference to her players.

KingCo athletic directors had voted Wednesday to force the forfeitures upon learning a Garfield player, senior Jazmyne Kendricks, had played in eight conference games before it was discovered the school had not properly filed her eligibility paperwork, a violation of Washington Interscholastic Activities Association rules.

Eighth-ranked Garfield (16-4 overall, 13-1 KingCo West Division) self-reported the violation to the league, calling it a clerical error, and Kendricks sat out one game, Jan. 27 against Skyline, while the paperwork was recorded. Kendricks, a 6-foot-2 senior who averages 7.3 points, had filled out the required forms, but they had not been filed.

"I take full responsibility," Walker said.

Garfield appealed to the KingCo Principals Association Thursday morning, but the athletic directors' decision was upheld. The school then requested an eligibility hearing for Kendricks with the Sea-King District, which occurred Thursday afternoon. Kendricks was granted a hardship waiver because she had fulfilled her obligations, and the forfeits were overturned as allowed in WIAA rule 22.3.

The decision allows Garfield, the defending Class 4A state champion, to retain the No. 1 seed into the KingCo tournament, which begins next Wednesday. Had the forfeits been upheld, Roosevelt would have been declared the West Division champion and the Bulldogs would have dropped into a tie with Franklin for the eighth and final berth into the tournament. Garfield plays eighth-seeded Bothell (8-12, 5-9) in the first round.

Walker and Garfield athletic director Peggy Jackson-Williams said steps will be taken to ensure this type of oversight doesn't occur again.

"We run a clean program," Jackson-Williams said.

Beamer to stay in SPSL South

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Beamer will remain in the SPSL South Division for 2006-07, while the other three Federal Way schools move to the SPSL North, league athletic directors decided Thursday.

Federal Way administrators had lobbied to keep the four Federal Way schools together in one division, which would have meant one division would have had nine schools and the other seven. SPSL athletic directors and principals voted for an eight-and-eight alignment and left it to the Federal Way School District to determine which school would remain in the South. When the district did not specify a preference, the league ADs voted and chose Beamer, the Southern-most school geographically.

The SPSL South will be comprised of Beamer, Bethel, Curtis, Emerald Ridge, Graham-Kapowsin, Puyallup, Rogers and Spanaway Lake. The SPSL North will encompass Decatur, Federal Way, Jefferson, Kent-Meridian, Kentlake, Kentridge, Kentwood and Tahoma.

The new 3A division of the SPSL will feature Auburn, Auburn Mountainview, Auburn Riverside, Bonney Lake, Enumclaw, Franklin Pierce, Sumner and White River.

Notes

Stephanie Wilber, a 6-foot junior who averages 17.6 points and 12.5 rebounds for Auburn Riverside, will not play Saturday when the Ravens (17-4) face Federal Way (15-5) in the South Puget Sound League girls basketball tournament at Puyallup. Wilber has been in and out of the lineup while battling mononucleosis. Auburn Riverside and Federal Way both advance to the West Central/Southwest 4A bi-district tournament.

Renado Parker, a 6-5 sophomore who averages 16.1 points for Kentridge, remains academically ineligible and cannot play when the Chargers (15-5) play ninth-ranked Federal Way (17-4) in the SPSL boys basketball tournament at Puyallup. According to Eric Anderson, Kentridge athletic director, Parker can return next week, when Kentridge begins play in the bi-district tournament.

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