GENEVA, Ill., Dec. 5 (UPI) -- An Illinois judge gave a residential school for troubled children a reprieve, allowing three Sudanese teens to play basketball, at least temporarily.
In his ruling Tuesday, Kane County Circuit Judge David Akemann said Mooseheart is entitled to a full hearing before the Illinois High School Association, the Chicago Tribune reported. The judge said that Mangisto Deng, Akim Nyang and Makur Puou can continue to play on the basketball team, the Red Ramblers, until the hearing.
The association says Mooseheart, run by the Loyal Order of Moose, recruited the teens, all at least 6-foot-7, violating IHSA rules. School officials say Mooseheart has a long history of providing a home and education for children from all over the world.
The three played Tuesday night, helping Mooseheart defeat Westminster Christian High School in Elgin, 53-21. The game attracted TV news crews because of the court fight.