Bogan's Luwane Pipkins dribbles around Jamal Burton of Morgan Park. Worsom Robinson/For Sun-Times Media.
The Illinois High School Association has ruled Bogan, Hyde Park and Uplift ineligible to compete in the state playoffs. All three schools violated IHSA rules on the number of games that can be played in a season.
“[IHSA Assistant Executive Director] Kurt Gibson called this morning and told me that we wouldn’t be able to play in the playoffs,” said Uplift coach David Taylor. “I’m a little shocked. I haven’t had a chance to discuss it with the team yet.”
The IHSA allows teams to play in 16 games if they also participate in three tournaments. Hyde Park and Bogan played in 17 games, one too many. Teams are not allowed to play in more than three tournaments. Uplift played in four: Mundelein, Proviso West, Redbird Classic and the Public League Playoffs.
Taylor said he thought the Redbird Classic was considered a shootout, not a tournament.
Uplift is 23-4 and received the No. 2 seed at the Class 3A Antioch Sectional. The Titans were scheduled to open the playoffs against the winner of Northtown and Senn on March 4.
Bogan is 24-4, ranked No. 9 in the Super 25 and received the top seed at the Class 3A Vocational Sectional. The Bengals would have started their playoff run on March 4 at the St. Laurence Regional.
Hyde Park is 19-9, ranked No. 20 in the Super 25 and received the No. 2 seed at the Class 3A Vocational Sectional. The Thunderbirds were scheduled to play the winner of Johnson and Comer on March 4 in the Julian Regional.
The IHSA is planning to recalculate the sectional pairings at Vocational and Antioch. The remaining teams will be moved up one seed from their original position.
"These situations don't occur very often, but it is always disappointing when they do," said IHSA Executive Director Marty Hickman. "The season limitations are longstanding IHSA rules that are necessary to maintain competitive balance."