High School Sports

Probation, $500 fine for Seahawks, SC High School League rules

For the second time in a week, Hilton Head Island High School has been fined and sanctioned by the state's governing body for high school athletics for eligibility violations.

The S.C. High School League on Monday fined the school $500 and placed the football program on "restrictive probation" for one calendar year for using an ineligible player in two preseason scrimmages and the regular-season opener at Bluffton High School.

The restrictive probation sanctions will prevent the Seahawks from participating in any scrimmages or jamborees next season.

Former Hardeeville High School transfer Philip Harris was declared ineligible by the school Friday, athletics director Mark Karen said, because his move to Hilton Head Island did not meet the requirements for a "bona fide move" under the High School League's transfer rules.

Hilton Head High principal Amanda O'Nan said the school does not plan to appeal the ruling at this time.

"We understand the seriousness of the infraction, and I feel we've put measures in place to make sure these violations don't occur," O'Nan said.

The school was fined $200 and the football program was placed on "warned status" Wednesday for using an ineligible student in two preseason scrimmages. Before that ruling came down, the school suspended coach Tim Singleton for two weeks as a result of the infractions.

O'Nan said she has no plans to further discipline Singleton in light of the most recent violations.

"At this point I don't plan on taking any further action against the coach or the coaching staff," she said. "The bigger issue right now is that this has impacted our student-athletes, and I want to support the boys out on the field and try to pick up the pieces and move on."

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