R-B Regional back to original schedule; IHSA lets Uplift back in

So, remember that plan where Johnsburg gets re-routed to the Class 3A Richmond-Burton Regional next week and Chicago Uplift is suspended by the IHSA?

Scratch that. The Titans are back in. And Johnsburg is headed to the Ridgewood Regional, 47 miles away, instead of the 7-mile trip to R-B.

The IHSA board of directors heard appeals from Uplift and two other Class 3A schools – Chicago Bogan and Hyde Park – on Thursday afternoon and let the three teams back into the postseason tournament, which starts Monday.

Uplift played in four tournaments, an IHSA violation, while Bogan and Hyde Park each played in one too many regular-season games. Instead, the teams were let back into the tournament, but the head coaches were suspended.

Uplift (23-4) is the No. 2 seed in the Antioch Sectional and now will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday against the winner of Monday’s play-in game between Chicago CICS-Northtown and Chicago Senn. No. 7 R-B will play No. 10 Lakes in the 8 p.m. game.

“After thoughtful and deliberate consideration, the board ultimately felt that a scheduling error by the coaches and administration was not a severe enough infraction that it should result in the team losing the opportunity to play in the postseason," IHSA assistant executive director Kurt Gibson said.

No. 14 Johnsburg now plays No. 19 Chicago Sullivan at 7 p.m. Monday at Ridgewood. Skyhawks coach Mike Toussaint was thrilled Monday when learning Johnsburg was playing at R-B. His reaction Thursday was predictable.

“It’s an absolute joke,” Toussaint said. “I got an email and I sent a response. I don’t get it. It’s not fair, I already drove to the city to watch Gordon Tech.”

Instead of No. 4 Gordon Tech, the Skyhawks get a play-in game and could meet No. 3 Carmel in a regional semifinal at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

R-B coach Brandon Creason also was frustrated by the switch because of scouting purposes. The Rockets were rescheduled to play No. 12 Antioch, a team they best twice, and now will see their original opponent, No. 10 Lakes, a team about which they know little.

“I stopped trying to acquire stuff on Lakes,” Creason said. “Now I have one day to organize things. We play Burlington Central [on Friday for the Big Northern Conference East Division title], so next week wasn’t our focus, but we had film on Antioch.

“The regional was a lot better the other way with us, Johnsburg and Antioch.”