The Lebanon High school varsity boys basketball team has been forced to forfeit its home win Friday against Woodburn after a rules violation was committed.
According to athletic director Rob Allen, a junior varsity coach was ejected from the JV game then returned as a spectator for the varsity game.
Allen consulted the Oregon School Activities Association handbook after the JV game and determined it was OK for the coach to return.
It turns out it wasn’t.
“I made a mistake of a rule interpretation,” Allen said Monday.
Allen said he reported the ejection Friday night and learned Saturday of the violation, which results in a forfeit and a fine for the school.
Allen said the school will appeal, which will likely take weeks to resolve, he said.
Lebanon’s 53-52 win Friday was its first conference victory of the season.
With the forfeit, the Warriors are 3-12 overall, 0-6 in Mid-Willamette Conference play heading into tonight’s home game with league-leading Silverton.
The Sweet Home varsity girls basketball team got its first Sky-Em League win of the season via a forfeit by another team.
Sisters was forced to forfeit 13 games, including a 61-36 win at Sweet Home on Jan. 15.
Sweet Home is now 2-13, 1-4 in Sky-Em play going into Friday’s game at Junction City.