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|Galesburg Cancels Game Against PND
|POSTED 10:23 a-m, UPDATED 10:38 a-m 2/22/10 Galesburg High School's scheduled game Tuesday night against Peoria Notre Dame is canceled and will not be made up.
The Silver Streaks were slated to play two more regular season games: Tuesday at home against PND and Friday at home against Moline. Galesburg High School has been working with the Illinois High School Association to determine if playing both of the games would violate the association's scheduling policy.
Officials at Rock Island High School, however, reportedly brought to the IHSA's attention a possible issue with Galesburg's game at United Township on December 18th. GHS Athletic Director Ralph Henning argued the game was both a Western Big Six game and a "tiebreaker" game for the Galesburg MLK Classic. Officials at United Township considered it a conference game only.
Schools are allowed to play 16 games plus three tournaments. The Streaks apparently would play 17 games if the team followed through with the PND and Moline contests at Thiel Gymnasium.
Henning says the issue was resolved Monday by calling off the Peoria Notre Dame game. "It was a paperwork issue. We counted the UT game as part of our tournament. UT did not," Henning said. "We needed to have more specific contract language that stated we were going to use the conference game (United Township) in lieu of playing an additional game against U-T. Counting conference games as tournament games is common practice."
Henning says IHSA administrator Kurt Gibson indicated there may be some more specific guidelines given in the future to define a "tournament" and what's necessary to make sure schools do things correctly.
Henning says Galesburg High School won't challenge the IHSA. "By canceling the PND varsity game, we are playing it safe. We don't have enough time to appeal the issue any further with the IHSA. Not playing PND puts us in full compliance with the IHSA scheduling rules. Therefore, we will be eligible for Regional play."
It's not clear why Rock Island athletics officials approached the IHSA about Galesburg's schedule and what it has, if anything, to do with them. The Rocks are the top seed in the Geneseo Regional. The Silver Streaks could meet Rock Island in the regional championship game if both teams win their semifinal contests.