Dorman H.S. basketball team appealing to SCHSL for national tournament clearance

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SPARTANBURG, SC (WSPA) – Dorman’s boys basketball team (21-1) is ranked as high as No. 3 nationally and could potentially be invited to play in the GEICO Nationals in New York City later this spring, but the team was denied in its initial attempt to gain clearance for such by the South Carolina High School League.

The school released the following statement Tuesday afternoon:

“Dorman High School requested permission from the SCHSL several week ago for the boys basketball team to be able to play in the Geico Nationals tournament in NY City on April 2-4 if they receive an invitation. Today the school learned that the request was denied by the SCHSL. Dorman will appeal to the SCHSL Executive Committee next Wednesday, February 12.”

Dorman needs permission from the SCHSL to compete in the tournament because it falls outside of the competitive season window.

Commissioner Jerome Singleton with the South Carolina High School League issued the following statement Wednesday, saying the league wished to clarify their decision, as well as the process for denying Dorman’s request:

โ€œWe regret the public misconception brought about from the denial of Dorman High Schoolโ€™s request to participate in an unsanctioned national competition. It is my duty to follow the Rules and Regulations as well as By-laws set forth by the SCHSL membership. As always, member schools are provided the opportunity to present their appeal to the Executive Committee for further review and possible override of the rules. We are proud of the Dorman High basketball teamโ€™s accomplishments thus far this season.โ€

Jerome Singleton

According to the news release from the league, Dorman will have the opportunity to appeal the decision to the SCHSL’s executive committee on Feb. 12, and a public notice will be issued 24 hours in advance of the meeting with start times for each appeal.

An invitation to the GEICO event would come in early March. It’s considered the national championship tournament for high school basketball with an eight team, single elimination format.

The Cavaliers are number three in this week’s ESPN Poll and fifth in the MaxPreps National Top 25, which has had them in its top 10 for several weeks.

Dorman improved to 22-1 on the season (11-0 Region 2-5A) with Tuesday night’s 77-32 win at Hillcrest, their 20th straight victory.

The Cavaliers are three-time defending South Carolina 5A champs as well.

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