IHSAA sports information director Jason Wille confirmed that the state association has given a reprieve to the sanctions handed down in January to the Gary charter school's sports programs.
Commissioner Bobby Cox cited 11 rules violations that suspended all athletic programs on a two-year basis from IHSAA postseason play. But after several meetings and work to comply with IHSAA rules the punishment has been reduced.
Wille said starting with the winter sports season all Bowman sports teams, except boys basketball, will be allowed to compete in sectional play.
But all the programs at the school are still on probation through the end of the school year.
"We've never had a member school commit this many violations in this short of a period of time," Cox said in January. "I've never seen anything like this."
Some of the violations included: a student participating in a game who was not enrolled at the school, using an athlete whose high school eligibility had expired in several games and having another athlete play who provided false information in a transfer report to the IHSAA.
Another student on the boys basketball team was playing though he wasn't attending enough class hours in order to be eligible. Another player participated in games without filing a transfer report at all. Cox said another student has also been declared ineligible for playing without turning in a transfer report.
"They actually falsified a transfer report," Cox said.
Cox said all teams at the school were being punished because of the overall lack of institutional control by the school's administration and athletic department.
Bowman fired athletic director and boys basketball coach Migel Nunnery when all these allegations came to light last winter. — Steve Hanlon
LaPorte Sectional: The host Slicers (4-19) held off New Prairie to win 3-2 in the semifinals behind doubles wins from Trevor Perry-Adam Manering and Garrett Menke-Brent Maudlin. Graham Seifker won in three sets at No. 3 singles.
Michigan City advanced to today's final with a 4-1 win over Marquette Catholic. Devon Stromer, Danny Walker and Bohdan Walker swept singles play for the Wolves (6-11). The No. 1 doubles team Steven Sebert and Tommy Komay added the other point.
Cormack Bardol and Sean Bardol recorded the lone point for the Blazers (6-7).
Morton player earns weekly honor: The United Soccer Coaches and MaxPreps announced the Fall United Soccer Coaches/Max Preps High School State Players of the Week for the week of Sept. 18 to Sept. 24.
Morton midfielder Paul Bogarin earned the weekly honor for the state of Indiana.
Morgan Twp. 3, Kouts 0: Connor Spencer scored a pair of goals as the Cherokees blanked the Mustangs. Connor Malmquist had a goal and two assists.
Chesterton 4, LaPorte 1: Harley Lohmeyer had a goal and an assist as the Trojans (9-5-2, 5-2) took care of the Slicers in Duneland Athletic Conference action. Andrew VanNoort, Seth Conway and Robbie Capehart added goals.
Edgar Villa scored for the Slicers.
Valparaiso 3, Portage 1: Blaise Sellers notched a hat-trick for the Vikings (5-8-3, 5-2) in a DAC win. Jay Dalton, Ryan Blazek and Drew West added assists.
Danny Prohl scored for the Indians (8-7, 3-4).
Bishop Noll 1, Hammond 0: Salome Hernandez scored the lone goal of the match for the Warriors on a penalty kick. Teammate Jalynn Edwards made seven saves to record the clean sheet.
News and notes
Valparaiso to hold a homecoming parade and pep rally: Valparaiso will hold a pep rally at 6:30 p.m. today at Central Park in downtown Valparaiso.
The homecoming parade will start at 6 p.m. Friday at Northview Elementary and heading north to the high school for the game. The game starts at 7 p.m. vs. Merrillville.