SEATTLE – The Sea-King District has determined the Bellevue High School football program can play one out-of-league game, but most of the sanctions against the program remain intact, including a two-year postseason ban.
Bellevue High School varsity and junior varsity teams were initially barred from playing 3A, non-KingCo league games in 2016 and 2017. That was later reduced to only affecting the varsity and not the JV team, and reduced to one year instead of two. Read the full decision here
The Sea-King District board ruled Friday to allow the Wolverines to play a contest vs. Tumwater in 2016.
BHS was also initially denied postseason play through 2019. Friday’s ruling by the Sea-King District appears to reduce that to two seasons. The district said BHS wouldn't play enough games in 2016 to qualify, and they will be “restricted” in 2017 and not allowed to play a Week 10 game.
Bellevue will still not be allowed to play out-of-state opponents and will not be eligible to win the KingCo title through 2019.
The program is now running out of possible appeals, the next of which could be to the WIAA.