Dunbar was scheduled to play Fenwick, then the Ohio High School Athletic Association replaced the Wolverines with Thurgood Marshall in the tournament because of an ineligible player. Dayton Public Schools went to court and got Dunbar reinstated while Fenwick dealt with all the uncertainty from a distance.
On Thursday, DPS superintendent Elizabeth Lolli made a public apology to Fenwick, Thurgood Marshall and the OHSAA after new evidence showed that Dunbar did indeed use an ineligible player in a postseason game and should not have been allowed to play Fenwick.
Fenwick athletic director Michael Coleman issued the following statement in response:
“Everyone knows that we got the bad end of the stick. This was really unfair for our kids and community, especially since we can’t go back to what the scenario should have been. Everyone involved could have handled this situation better.”