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New Bern High School must repay $38,000 in revenue from 2022 football playoffs

New Bern High School will have to repay more than $38,000, in revenue received during the 2022 4A football playoffs.

The money must be returned to the North Carolina High Schools Athletics Association no later than March 31, 2024.

Officials say the funds will be distributed to schools impacted by the use of ineligible players by New Bern High School during the playoffs and championship game.

The NCHSAA vacated the state championship after finding that academically ineligible students participated in the program.

The association ruled that all wins that academically ineligible players participated in must be vacated, including the state championship game.

Annette is originally a Midwest gal, born and raised in Michigan, but with career stops in many surrounding states, the Pacific Northwest, and various parts of the southeast. She has been involved in the media industry in eastern North Carolina for more than three years. An award-winning journalist and mother of four, Annette moved to ENC to be closer to family – in particular, her two young grandchildren. It’s possible that a -27 day with a -68 windchill in Minnesota may have also played a role in that decision. In her spare time, Annette does a lot of toddler and baby cuddling, reading, designing costumes for children’s theater and producing the coolest Halloween costumes anyone has ever seen. She has also worked as a diversity and inclusion facilitator serving school districts and large corporations. It’s the people that make this beautiful area special, and she wants to share those stories that touch the hearts of others. If you have a story idea to share, please reach out by email to