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Judge says Sudanese high school players can remain on the team for now


1:58 PM, Dec. 04, 2012 EST

A Kane County (Ill.) judge said Tuesday that three Sudanese students may continue to play for the Mooseheart (Batavia, Ill.) basketball team until the full board of the Illinois High School Association hears arguments on both sides of the controversial player eligibility dispute. The IHSA is scheduled to meet on Monday.

Last week, the IHSA declared the three players ineligible, claiming that the school had acted "for athletic purposes" and "was seeking out athletes," a violation of IHSA bylaws.

Mooseheart, which describes itself as "a home for children and teens in need, from infancy through high school," fought the decision and appeared in court Tuesday morning.

According to the Tribune, Mooseheart claims it made it clear to the agency responsible for placing the four Sudanese boys that it was willing to accept boys or girls, and athletes or non-athletes. Mooseheart also claims the IHSA is arbitrarily enforcing the rules after Hinckley-Big Rock, a Mooseheart rival, complained to the association. The schools are scheduled to play each other on Wednesday.

 

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