Arlington High School girls' basketball team forfeits 7 games after remainder of season canceled

Some players lose academic eligibility

INDIANAPOLIS - A recent 107-2 loss by the Arlington High School girls' basketball team captured national attention, but low academic scores among players is what spelled the end of Arlington's season.

Some of the players on the team are no longer academically eligible to play.

"I just heard that they don't have any more games and they're pretty upset about it," said student Desiree Hammond.

Indy-based EdPower was hired to turn around Arlington. It took control from IPS this school year to improve graduation rates and test scores.

A spokesperson for EdPower released a statement Thursday saying, "Unfortunately, we are canceling the rest of the girls' basketball season due to ineligible players. Our focus is first and foremost academics."

At Arlington High School, word of the canceled season quickly spread among students, many who know players on the team.

"They were kind of mad that their season was ending," said student Shayla Stone.

One Arlington student said the girls' canceled season serves as a valuable lesson to all students.

"Now we have to make sure our grades are up before we do anything like sports," said Madison Hammond.

An Arlington parent also sees the silver lining.

"I do feel a little bad for them," said parent Cassandra Stone. "What they can do is bring up their grades... and maybe they'll pick it back up."
The team had seven games left this season.

EdPower says it appreciates the community's support as it rebuilds for next year.

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