Wednesday, February 19, 2014


An entire top ranked suburban prep girls’ basketball team and its coach have been suspended over association violations. The Homewood-Flossmoor High School Girls’ Basketball team and highly regarded head coach Anthony Smith were suspended after an internal investigation and a lawsuit filed by one of it’s current players, the Illinois High School Association announced today.
Four of his starters from last year’s Bolingbrook team transferred to H-F. Two more girls who played on Smith’s elite summer team also moved into the H-F district to don the Vikings’ red-and-white uniforms. Three of the girls who transferred listed the same house in Flossmoor as their new address on paperwork filed with H-F Community High School District 233.
Smith has denied recruiting players. But an unnamed player who was bumped from the starting lineup by the transfers sued District 233, opening a window to a world in which student-athletes vie for a relatively small number of college scholarships, outside leagues and showcase events can overshadow traditional high school sports programs and parents are willing to spend thousands of dollars and even uproot their families to further their kids’ ambitions.
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