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Warren County forfeits basketball game

Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 4:44 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 1:18 AM
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The Warren County boys basketball team will forfeit a region tournament game to avoid playing Hancock Central.

The decision ends Warren County’s season and eliminates the Screaming Devils from the possibility of state postseason play. Region 7-A teams must reach the semifinals of their tournament to reach the GHSA state tournament.

On Oct. 14, the schools’ football teams fought in a postgame brawl, with each team saying the other started the fight.

“This is one of the most gut-wrenching decisions we have ever made,” Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey said.

At 6-4 in its subregion, the Warren County boys basketball team grabbed the No. 3 seed. With Hancock Central going 4-2 in Region 7-A’s other subregion and getting a No. 2 seed, the two teams would have met in the tournament Wednesday.

Instead, Hancock Central is scheduled to play Taliaferro County, which came in fourth place right behind Warren County. Wilkinson County — the No. 1 team in Hancock Central’s subregion — received a bye.

The decision to not play Hancock Central had to do with safety, Carey said. The superintendent said the worries weren’t over the players but instead about a hard foul or controversial play possibly igniting a problem.

In the girls tournament, according to the bracket, Warren County and Hancock Central would be positioned to play one another on Friday in a semifinal if both schools won on Tuesday. Carey said Warren County would also forfeit that game if the teams met. However, the team would have already qualified for the Georgia High School Association’s Class A state playoffs by reaching the region semifinals.

The Region 7-A Tournament semifinals and championships will be held at Aquinas. The championship games are Saturday.

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dstewartsr 02/14/12 - 06:33 pm
"...(W)orries weren’t over

"...(W)orries weren’t over the players but instead about a hard foul or controversial play possibly igniting a problem..."

Does it really matter which thugs initiate the attack? The Hancock sheriff's department and the school board will sit in on the grand jury and dismiss the charges. Too bad the Georgia State athletic oversight is filled with eunuchs who sit by allowing games to be won as a reward for gangbanger behaviour not only by the players but the OG's running the 'hood, pardon- school system.

CHSDARKHORSE 02/14/12 - 06:42 pm
The Hancock Grand Jury hasn't

The Hancock Grand Jury hasn't indicted anyone from their county in years so I've heard. And the streak goes on! So sad!!

nothin2show4it 02/14/12 - 07:38 pm
I am wondering why Warren

I am wondering why Warren County stands alone when boycotting Hancock County?

Could it be that the values taught to students just do not ring true when it comes to sports?

I don't have a dog to hunt in this issue, I've never been to a Warren County School event, I don't think that I know anyone in Warren County but the next time I drive to Milledgeville it will be I-20 to 441; then south. What is to stop them from attacking a motorist passing through and getting a wave from the grand jury?

dusty_roze 02/15/12 - 12:37 am
There are plenty of GREAT

There are plenty of GREAT people in Warren County! We would gladly welcome anyone who wishes to pay us a visit. We are a small town, we may not have but one red light but that's okay too. We like the slower pace. So come on over and see us you might be pleased to get off of i-20.
Happy Valentines Day to all.

casimir56 02/15/12 - 02:49 pm
The solution is a simple one.

The solution is a simple one. Instead of forfeiting, this should be the first game of the day with NO fans present, whatsoever (media excepted), but with all the required security as if there are fans present. The players will then determine the outcome, NOT politicians (School Superintendents). If there is an issue during the contest, penalize it accordingly. After this game is concluded, allow all general spectators to view the remaining games. This solutuion eliminates the mob mentality factor for spectators and players alike. This solution has been used in other states with minimal conflicts. It does NOT penalize players who may not have been involved with the football incident.

Buckmode 02/17/12 - 02:55 pm
I think it's just a matter of

I think it's just a matter of Warren County being afraid of losing to Hancock. After all, the game would have been played at a neutral site. I agree with casimir56--play the game with no one present but teams, media, and officials. Maybe the whole Hancock-Warren issue can be laid to rest after this week.

Mjones1979 02/17/12 - 07:04 pm
The first three comments

The first three comments should be removed because they are hateful remarks.

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