TSSAA Imposes Heavy Penalties on Pickett County High School

Although they allowed the Pickett County boys’ basketball team to continue to participate in post-season tournaments, the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association (TSSAA) imposed heavy punishment on Pickett County High School following an incident at a basketball game against York Institute on Saturday, February 9 which involved Pickett County fans and York boy players.

An article by Pickett County Press Publisher Amanda Bond outlined the punishment as follows:

According to the TSSAA letter sent on Feb. 12th to both school principals, the facts of the incident the TSSAA determined and ruled on were that with 18.6 seconds left in the game, a technical foul was called on the Alvin C. York Institute head coach.  A player from Pickett County was getting ready to shoot the technical foul shots when a browl erupted on the opposite end of the basketball court.  The video showed fans from Pickett County’s cheering section, which was behind the visitor’s team bench, pouring onto the floor and exchanging blows with Alvin C. York Institute players.  Fans from the opposite side of the gynmasium ran across the floor and got involved.  The game was called by the officials after order was restored.

The initial action by the TSSAA placed the Pickett County boys basketball program on restrictive probation through the 2014-15 school year as well as individual sport probation for two calendar years and a total fine of $2,250.  Restrictive probation means that no post game season play (tournaments) or award recognition will be allowed.

Read the rest of the story is this weeks Fentress Courier.