The Berkeley High boys basketball team has been informed of a two-year ban from the North Coast Section playoffs as punishment for an alleged incident of vandalism after its season-ending playoff loss to Newark Memorial on Feb. 28.
“It’s a two-year elimination from our championships for the years 2010 and 2011,” NCS commissioner Gil Lemmon said. “This process is not through yet. This was my initial letter and my initial ruling. … I believe they are going to appeal.”
Berkeley coach Brian Guinn confirmed the postseason ban and said the school would appeal, but could not comment further at the time. Calls to Berkeley athletic director Saeed Olushegun and the Newark Police Department were not immediately returned Monday.
Newark police were called to Newark Memorial on March 1 to investigate vandalism to a locker room at the school. At the time, police confirmed the vandalism but could not say if anyone associated with Berkeley was responsible.
The Yellowjackets have won the past three Alameda Contra Costa Athletic League titles, earning them automatic bids to the NCS playoffs. Berkeley has reached the NCS quarterfinals the past two seasons, losing to Newark Memorial both times, including a 49-45 decision on Feb. 28.