Yates HS' basketball team awarded state title

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Yates High School's basketball team has been awarded two state championships retroactively after a recruiting controversy surrounding Madison High School in the Dallas area.

Dallas ISD forfeited the 2013 and 2014 UIL boys basketball state championships won by Dallas Madison High School. Following an internal investigation, Dallas ISD determined the school played an ineligible player for the entire 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 basketball seasons, including the boys basketball state tournaments. The minimum penalty for allowing an ineligible player to participate is forfeiture of the contests in which the player participated. Dallas ISD has indicated to the UIL that it has accepted the minimum penalty, and has therefore forfeited the 2013 and 2014 Conference 3A titles.

Houston Yates High School was the state runner-up to Dallas Madison in both the 2013 and 2014 state championship games and will now be designated by the UIL as the state champion. The games will be listed as a 2-0 wins in favor of Houston Yates in tournament records, and all state tournament records set by those games will be expunged.

These titles add on to state championships Yates won in 2009 and 2010.

As part of its investigation, Dallas ISD also concluded that Dallas Hutchins played an ineligible player the entire 2013-2014 boys basketball season and will forfeit all contests in which this student participated.

All of this was uncovered after one of Madison's players, Jonathan Turner, was charged with murder.
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