Prep Charter forced to give back Public League titles

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Prep Charter celebrates their championship. Prep Charter's Prep Charter plays Central in the Public League girls' basketball championship at Temple's Liacouras Center on February 24, 2013. Charter wins, 56-37. (Michael S. Wirtz/Staff Photographer).

Prep Charter has until the end of the month to return its back-to-back Public League and District 12 girls' basketball titles and all athletic programs will be barred from post season play next season after a third girls' basketball player was found to be living outside the city.

The player, whose name is being withheld by the School District, lived in South Jersey and not at a Southwest Philadelphia address listed at the school. Robert Coleman, the chairman of PIAA District 12, said the rental lease of the Southwest Philadelphia address was "completely bogus" and appeared to be tampered with.

The girls' basketball team, slapped with a one-year postseason ban in May, will now be banned for two postseasons. The Huskies captured the last two Public League titles and in May it was discovered by the School District's Inspector General's office that two players lived outside the city.

Coleman placed all teams on probation after that finding and gave the school a chance to come forward with any other improprieties. But, Coleman said, they failed to do so.

"If you coach a football team, it might be hard to know where all 40 players live," Coleman said. "But, with a small team like that when you only have 12 players, people know."

Coleman was told by the school that athletic director Chuck Pearsall has been removed and the job status of current coach Ashley Logue is in question. Coleman said Paul Reiser, who coached the team to the now vacant 2011-2012 title, accepted the coaching position at West Catholic.

Coleman and District 12's board of directors will meet with Reiser, West Catholic and Prep Charter later this summer to see if he had knowledge of the situation.

"We're not going to let him walk away scott free," said Coleman.

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