It wasn't easy for Enloe girls basketball coach Pina Baker to tell her team in early February that it would have to forfeit nine wins after she discovered a player's physical expired during the season.
The Eagles, who were 16-5 at the time, eventually missed the state playoffs as the hole was simply too big to overcome with just a few weeks of the regular season left plus the conference tournament left.
But the notoriety of that case may have raised statewide awareness.
Of the disciplinary actions handed down to NCHSAA member schools -- and there were 123 of them on the list for Tuesday's annual board meeting in Chapel Hill with the most recent one being handed down from the night before -- 11 were due to athletes competing with expired or missing physicals.
Although no exact numbers from years past are available, Rick Strunk, NCHSAA Associate Commissioner of Communications, said in an e-mail response that this year's totals "seem to be higher than normal."
"There are always a handful of these every year, almost always entirely inadvertent and then self-reported by the schools," Strunk said in an e-mail. "I would estimate that there usually half a dozen or so each year."
Schools self-report instances where they have mistakenly used ineligible players and accept punishment.
"I think they've paid attention to it at the wrong time," NCHSAA executive commissioner Davis Whitfield said. "The due diligence upfront was something that wasn't there at some of our schools. And later on as tryouts and competition began they began finding these."
The list includes a $500 fine to Millbrook for two expired physicals for its cheerleaders, a $500 fine to Southeast Raleigh for expired physicals for an unspecified number winter/indoor track athletes and Clayton was hit with $1,000 worth of fines and was forced to forfeit points for the expired physicals of a swimmer and indoor track athlete.
Enloe's fine was also $500.
"It's unfortunate but it's also about the safety of the kids too," Whitfield said.