Two schools' postseason eligibility restored

The IHSA announced Monday it will permit Orr and Henry Ford Power House Charter to participate in the state playoffs after attending a recent make-up meeting for the schools’ principals.

The IHSA had ruled on Jan. 27 that the two Chicago-based schools, along with Academy of Scholastic Achievement, Best Practice, Las Casas, Christ Luther Academy in Plainfield and Rockford’s Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, were suspended from state series playoffs after their principals failed to attend a mandatory rules meeting for a second consecutive year.

The principals for the other five penalized schools did not attend last week’s special meeting and are still suspended for the remainder of the school year.

Orr’s boys basketball team will likely benefit the most from its school’s readmission. The Spartans are considered to be a Class 3A state contender behind the play of Illinois recruit Mycheal Henry and Ball State recruit C.J. Jones.