Judge says East St. Louis football team allowed to play in playoffs
By Lakisha Jackson
The East St. Louis school district says it will appeal the Illinois High School Association’s decision that is forcing the high school’s football team to forfeit games.
(KMOV) – The 2010 East St. Louis football team will be able to play in the playoffs after a judge granted a stay.
The East St. Louis school district filed for an appeal after the Illinois High School Association forced them to forfeit 5 games and the playoffs. This all happened over two ineligible player who reportedly lived out of the school district attendance boundaries. They were Charles Tigue and Anthony Pierson, the team's star running back.
The IHSA denied an appeal by East St. Louis earlier Thursday but at almost the same time the district was in court requesting a restraining order against the association.
Judge Richard Agary granted it Friday on a techinicality, basically. He said the association did not provide due process to the school board, so he stayed their decision.
The judge did not rule on the merits of this case. The IHSA could rule the players ineligible again next week.
Playoffs start Friday in the Metro East. East St. Louis will play Belleville West Saturday at 1 p.m.