HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - A Catawba County high school had to forfeit all of its wins from last season after the state athletic association found an ineligible player on the team.
According to Hickory Public Schools , the high school was contacted by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) just before winter break that an ineligible player may have competed as a member of the 2011 football team.
The team had eight wins, four losses and one tie in the 2011 season.
The school conducted an internal investigation and reported their findings to the NCHSAA.
Hickory High School learned that they were in violation of the NCHSAA "residency rule."
While the student in question - a senior - was legally able to attend Hickory High School by living in the district, he was ineligible to participate in fall sports since he was not living with a biological parent or court-ordered custodian.