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Eligibility shakes up 4A girls basketball semifinal

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Posted: Mar 1, 2013 3:02 PM by Russell Jones
Updated: Mar 1, 2013 4:32 PM
Source: LHSAA

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Topics: LHSAA, basketball, tournament, girls, championships, salmen, vanderbilt, court, eligibility

BATON ROUGE - The girls basketball team from St. Michael the Archangel in Baton Rouge is taking part in the Southeast Regionals of the state championships today. Who they're playing, though, has been in flux.

The Louisiana High School Athletics Association said late this afternoon that Salmen High School has been reinstated as St. Michael's opponent for the semifinal rounds. The game was delayed while last-minute appeals were sorted out, and scheduled to tip off around 4:45 p.m.

Vandebilt Catholic in Houma had been originally slated to play, but the LHSAA removed them Wednesday because a player was ruled ineligible. The parents of the ineligible Vandebilt player filed a temporary restraining order Wednesday in a Houma court to get the player reinstated, which was granted Thursday night.

Attorney Jill Craft filed a temporary restraining order to hold off the game until an appeal could be heard. This afternoon the First Circuit Court of Appeals vacated the Houma court's decision, clearing the way for Salmen and St. Michael to play each other.

News 2 will be at the game and have reaction to the changes and decisions tonight.

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