COLUMBIA -- Spring Valley High's boys basketball team will not be eligible for the Class AAAA playoffs this season because it held a pair of illegal practices since school started.
The S.C. High School League executive committee voted 7-6 on Thursday to uphold the penalty against the Vikings.
The committee reinstated the eligibility for the six Spring Valley players who participated in the workouts, which occurred in September and earlier this month.
On both occasions, Spring Valley organized the workouts so the players could play in front of college coaches who were recruiting them.
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"We're very thankful that the kids will have an opportunity to play their senior year at Spring Valley," principal Greg Owings said. "I'm disappointed that they will not have the opportunity to make the playoffs. It's not always about winning and losing games, but having the opportunity, and I'm disappointed they won't have that."
Owings said the school self-reported the infractions to the league as soon as they were discovered. He and athletics director Tim Hunter presented the school's appeal of the penalties before the executive committee. Owings said Perry Dozier's status as the team's coach is not in jeopardy as a result of the probation.
"We're moving on with it," Owings said. "We made an error. We're looking forward to a great season of basketball and looking for something positive to come out of this."
In addition to the postseason ban, the team is also prohibited from participating in any tournaments. Spring Valley had been scheduled to play in a tournament in Florida during Christmas break, but Owings said those plans will be canceled.
Spring Valley is the second Class AAAA boys basketball team this year to be penalized for holding out-of-season workouts for college coaches. North Augusta was placed on probation after the players gathered at the school for a scrimmage game in front of Clemson's coaches last spring.
High School League rules allow coaches to work with their players in the offseason, but no more than three players can be present at one time.
Spring Valley competes in Region 4-AAAA along with South Pointe, Rock Hill, Lancaster, Blythewood and Ridge View.