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Judge: Nick Bilas can continue playing football at Cardinal Mooney

Published: Tue, October 23, 2012 @ 3:13 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN — A judge has upheld a magistrate’s ruling that Nick Bilas, a junior offensive lineman, can continue to play football for Cardinal Mooney High School.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court made the ruling today, upholding the granting of a preliminary injunction against the Ohio High School Athletic Association earlier by Magistrate Timothy G. Welsh.

The injunction had been sought by Bilas’ mother, Kimberly, who filed suit to block the OHSAA from forcing her son to sit out the season.

The OHSAA said Nick Bilas, who transferred to Mooney from Poland Seminary High School this year, should be required to sit out one season because the association said the Bilas family moved from Poland to Youngstown for athletic purposes.

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1BoardmanSpartan1(12 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Funny, he left Poland to play football at Mooney and the Dogs likely will be playing in week 11 while the Cards sit at home. Grass isn't always greener I guess.

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2AtownAugie(794 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Good luck in Falcon Stadium Friday night, Nick.

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3youngspartanrepublican(92 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Boardmanspartan needs to shut up. Poland may make it to week 11, but they won't be going anywhere after that. If Mooney makes it in, there virtually assured a title because of the demanding schedule they play, which most schools around here try to avoid. It's that Howland mentality which ruins people today where everyone would rather win a bunch of meaningless games rather than challenge the kids appropriately. I'm glad the court ruled the way they did and this issue can finally be put to rest.

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4GoPens(397 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Just have separate championships for parochials and publics. Then the parochials can cheat and recruit all they want.

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5BoardmanSpartan1(12 comments)posted 2 years, 10 months ago

Youngspartanrepulican needs to get a clue.

Mooney is not getting in. End of story. Mooney can't win a state title when they don't make the playoffs.

The transfer when things don't go your way mentality is what is ruining high school sports. Mooney can compete at the level they do ,as technically being an avg size school ,because they pick apart the top talent at the Youngstown city schools after 8th grade and take a few other kids from other local schools here and there.

When Howland, Boardman, Canfield and Poland , have the ability to have a "farm system" like that and 1/4 of their varsity roster or more comes from non-feeder schools, I'm sure their playoff success would improve. Not saying those schools have never got a sports transfer, but it's different getting 1 kid vs 5 or 6 each incoming class.

Let's also remember Poland does have a state title in the last 10-15 yrs, so to say they never go anywhere isn't true.

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