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UPDATE: H-F Boys Basketball Declared Eligible for Playoffs

The team's post-season is no longer in jeopardy, ABC7 is reporting.

UPDATE: H-F Boys Basketball Declared Eligible for Playoffs
Updated, 1:17 p.m. Tuesday
IHSA officials have declared Homewood-Flossmoor's boys basketball team eligible for state tourney play, ABC7 is reporting. 

More details to come. 

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Original Story

Homewood-Flossmoor High School's boys basketball team might meet the same fate as the girls' team—ousting from state playoffs. 

The team is under currently under investigation by the Illinois High School Association, which hopes to make its ruling by Wednesday, Sun-Times Media reports

The Vikings head into playoffs with a 12-11 record, and March 5 would face the winner of a play-in game between Lincoln-Way Central and Andrew. 

But IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman said the hoops program is in hot water over off-season conditioning sessions. Bylaws state that any offseason conditioning programs not be sports-specific, and be open to all athletes. 

"“Their (boys) program is in violation of our early-season program,” Hickman told Sun-Times reporters. “They’ve acknowledged it."

The school's athletic program is under intense scrutiny after the IHSA determined the girls basketball program had defied multiple bylaws involving season limits, open gym rules and non-school team participation.

The team was bounced from playoff participation and forced to forfeit its 21 regular season wins. Head coach Anthony Smith was suspended indefinitely.

Jodi Bryant, Director of Human Resources and Public Relations for the school, said they are "working diligently with the IHSA" and "are willing to do whatever is necessary to come into compliance.

"A violation is an opportunity to correct some things and to do better and to improve," Bryant said. 


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