Posted: 6:12 pm Thursday, January 22nd, 2009

FHSAA puts Royal Palm Beach girls hoops on restrictive probation 

By Jason Lieser

The Royal Palm Beach girls basketball team was put on restrictive probation through the end of the 2009-10 school year and the school was fined $500 by the Florida High School Athletic Association.


The Wildcats had a player, senior Whitney McKelton, ejected from a game on Dec. 30 at a holiday tournament in Fort Myers when officials said she punched a player from Royal Palm Beach’s opponent, Jackson County out of Tennessee.

Under restrictive probation, the Wildcats cannot participate in any other tournaments next season but are still eligible for the playoffs.

McKelton was suspended indefinitely but there was not any official word from the FHSAA in either of the two letters sent to the school about a definite time period for the suspension. Royal Palm Beach coach Anthony Dangerfield said he planned to meet with the school’s administration on Friday to discuss the ruling.

The program was already on administrative probation because of a brawl with Palm Beach Gardens two years ago but the school’s principal likely saved the Wildcats from a more harsh punishment because he pulled them from the Fort Myers tournament with one game to go.