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IHSA schedules around the Sabbath for Chicagoland Jewish

BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois High School Association is taking steps to allow one of its members the opportunity to continue to play in the state basketball series out of respect for its religious beliefs.

The championship game of the Mooseheart 1A Sectional was moved from Friday to Saturday to allow for Chicagoland Jewish High School to observe the Sabbath, which runs from dusk Friday until dusk Saturday.

In the event that Chicagoland Jewish advances to the state finals, the IHSA has released a revised schedule for March 9 at the state tournament. In the revised format, the Class 2A games would be played during the first session (12:15 p.m., 2 p.m.) on March 9, with the 1A games being moved in the evening.

The revised schedule would accommodate Chicagoland Jewish, which would be unable to play after sundown Friday until after sundown Saturday.

Chicagoland Jewish athletic director Joshua Gleicher told the Chicago Tribune the IHSA has been very accommodating.

“This just shows that people care about our religious beliefs and that our kids’ opportunities wouldn’t be limited, and says a lot about the IHSA and how accommodating they’ve been. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Gleicher told the Tribune.

The IHSA assistant executive director told the Tribune it’s just the right thing to do.
The state schedule on Friday would not be changed.

The winner of the Mooseheart Sectional advances to Tuesday’s Super-Sectional at Northern Illinois University, with the Super-Sectional winner advancing to the state tournament in Peoria.

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