Forfeits cost Fleming Island basketball team 9 wins, Fortegra title

Golden Eagles drop from 21-1 to 12-10 for using ineligible players

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Fleming Island was fined and placed on administrative probation for violations in its boys basketball program on Monday and must forfeit nine victories — including its Fortegra High School 9:12 Basketball Invitational title — for use of ineligible players.

The Golden Eagles dropped from 21-1 to 12-10 after the forfeits were officially added to their record on Monday. The Florida High School Athletic Association confirmed the decision, saying that two players were ruled ineligible during the process.

The school was also fined $4,000 for the 16 combined games that the ineligible players took part in, according to a person familiar with the ruling. The school has not returned a request seeking comment.

Fleming Island, which won the Fortegra High School 9:12 Invitational, has to forfeit its three victories from that tournament.

The ineligible players — one on the varsity, one on junior varsity — lived in Duval County and used an address that they didn’t live at to gain enrollment at the school. The school appealed the initial findings during a sectional appeal earlier this month, but that was denied.

Fleming Island was placed on administrative probation — the first of three stages of probation — for the violations.

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Justin Barney joined News4Jax in February 2019, but he’s been covering sports on the First Coast for more than 20 years.