Lufkin ISD dilemma leaves UIL in uncharted waters

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A search through the UIL records shows what Lufkin ISD is dealing with concerning faulty 5A numbers may be unprecedented.

According to the UIL records database, eight teams in different competitions have had their titles stripped. But they all dealing with ineligible players, first starting back in 1921 with Lindale Boys basketball team and progressing all the way up to the Dallas Madison boys basketball team being stripped of their back-to-back 3A championships starting in 2013 for ineligible players.

The possibility of the soccer title and other district accolades being taken away is concerning to Lufkin ISD attorney Wayne Haglund.

"It has nothing to do with the kids and their effort," Haglund said. "It would be a real shame if that were to happen because these kids earned what they got."

Now he said the district will have to wait to see what happens next.

There is no automatic penalty for schools playing with faulty enrollment numbers, meaning a decision would have to be made by the executive committee.

A representative with the UIL said they're still gathering information and it is too early to tell if the committee will meet on the matter.

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