Warren County’s boys basketball team forfeited its Region 7-A tournament game scheduled for Wednesday against Hancock Central because of concerns over violence that broke out when the schools met in football in October.
The basketball tournament is a qualifier for the state tournament, so the forfeit ended Warren County’s season.
“This is one of the most gut-wrenching decisions we have ever made,” Warren County Schools Superintendent Carole Jean Carey told the Augusta Chronicle.
It is possible that the girls teams from Hancock Central and Warren County could meet. on Friday. Carey told the Augusta Chronicle that Warren County would forfeit that game if the two were scheduled to play.
On Oct. 14, Warren County defeated Hancock Central 21-2 in football on Hancock’s home field in Sparta. After the game, Warren County head coach David Daniel was hospitalized for blows to his head from a Hancock player, witnesses said. He required multiple surgeries to insert metal plates in his skull and suffered eye-socket damage.
On Jan. 25, a Hancock County grand jury returned no indictements. A Hancock Central player who admitted that he hit Daniel said that the coach hit him first. Daniel has denied that allegation.
The Georgia High School Association approved an appeal by Warren County not to compete in the same subregion as Hancock Central beginning in 2012-13 so that the two schools don’t have to schedule each other in sports.