DCSS Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer
ALBANY — The Georgia High School Association this week fined each of the eight participants in the U Save It Holiday Basketball Tournament $200 for participating in an unsanctioned event.
The annual Christmas classic featured Albany, Westover, Monroe, Dougherty, Southeast Bulloch, Stateboro, Mitchell County and Terrell County.
“There were two problems with the tournament,” GHSA Media Director Steve Figueroa said Wednesday. “No. 1, no one from the Dougherty County School System asked the GHSA to sanction the event. No. 2, it’s the responsibility of all teams that participate in an event to make sure it is sanctioned.
“Those two requirements were not met.”
The GHSA sent letters earlier to all eight schools informing them of the infractions.
DCSS Assistant Superintendent Kenneth Goseer, who set up the tournament, was unaware GHSA sanction was required.
“We didn’t know that the tournament required GHSA sanction,” said Goseer, who ran the tournament for the first time this year. “My athletic director (Johnny Seabrooks) never told me sanction was needed.”
When the Herald contacted Seabrooks on Wednesday, he had no comment on the matter.
Figueroa said the GHSA considered the case closed and that all win-loss records acquired in the tournament would apply to the respective schools’ overall records.
“This was strictly an administrative issue,” he said.
Westover beat Albany, 54-51, in the tournament’s championship game.