Sudanese Players Lose to Team That Questioned Eligibility

Hinckley Big-Rock tops Mooseheart 58-51

View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print

    NEWSLETTERS

    Mooseheart coach Ron Ahrens speaks with his players before their game with the Westminster Warriors Tuesday.

    A high school basketball team's worries about the eligibility of three African players on a rival squad may have been all for naught -- at least judging by the final score.

    Hinckley Big-Rock High School raised questions about a program that brought the Sudanese players to Batavia's Mooseheart school, but on Tuesday, a judge ruled the teens could play on the basketball team until the Illinois High School Association hears arguments on the eligibility issue.

    Judge Rules Sudanese Athletes Can Play -- For Now

    [CHI] Judge Rules Sudanese Athletes Can Play -- For Now
    The IHSA contends Mooseheart school violated its bylaws by recruiting the teens specifically for their athletic ability, a charge school officials deny. Dick Johnson reports.

    The controversy added a great deal of intrigue to Wednesday night's game between the two schools, with Hinckley outlasting Mooseheart 58-51.

    According to the Chicago Sun-Times, many spectators had to be turned away from the game after Mooseheart's gym reached its 1,500-person capacity an hour before the game started. Police were on hand to keep things in line after the rejected spectators became angry, the newspaper reported.

    Mooseheart Child City & School Inc.

    [CHI] Mooseheart Child City & School Inc.
    Kurt Westheimer explained to us what the program Mooseheart is all about.

    Mooseheart is accused of violating its bylaws by recruiting the teens specifically for their athletic ability, a charge school officials deny.

    The full IHSA board will hear the case next Monday in Bloomington.