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The IHSA board met at the group’s Bloomington office Monday to hear Mooseheart’s appeal of the IHSA executive director’s ruling that the four athletes were ineligible to compete because of a violation of the association’s bylaw prohibiting recruitment of students for athletic purposes. Last week, a judge allowed the players to compete in one more basketball game pending the board’s decision. That game on Wednesday resulted in a 58-51 loss to Hinckley-Big Rock, the school that raised questions about A-HOPE.

Mooseheart is part of Mooseheart Child City and School, a 1,000-acre residential center for children from troubled homes that is supported by the Loyal Order of Moose and the Women of the Moose.