Local Sports Journal

The No. 2 nationally ranked high school boys basketball team, Chicago Curie, has forfeited its 2013-14 season. An internal Chicago Public Schools investigation revealed seven of the team’s players were academically ineligible to play.

The Condors were 24-1 on the season with its only loss coming in an overtime contest with the Muskegon Big Reds. Chicago lost to Muskegon 73-66 after the Big Reds turned around a 10-point fourth quarter deficit at the Muskegon Basketball Showcase.

Student-Athletes in CPS are required to maintain a 2.0 GPA to play athletics. However if they are below the academic requirement, CPS students do have an option to continue playing in events as long a set study plan is in place.

Currie coach Michael Oliver has been suspended in the wake of the investigation.

Kansas bound Cliff Alexander has not been named as one of the seven players. Alexander’s team may still be allowed to compete in the IHSAA state tournament but the organization plans to make a decision by Monday.