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Court rules Bilas can keep playing football for Cardinal Mooney High School



Published: Mon, September 24, 2012 @ 12:03 p.m.

Court rules Bilas can keep playing football for Cardinal Mooney High School

YOUNGSTOWN Nick Bilas, a junior offensive lineman, can continue to play football for Cardinal Mooney High School, a magistrate ruled this morning.

“The Ohio High School Athletic Association is enjoined from enforcing its decision denying interscholastic athletic eligibility to Nicholas Bilas,” ruled Magistrate Timothy G. Welsh of Mahoning County Common Pleas Court.

The OHSAA said 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.

“The decision of the OHSAA is not supported by reliable, credible and substantial evidence,” the magistrate wrote as he granted the preliminary injunction the Bilas family had sought against the association.

Judge R. Scott Krichbaum of the same court had granted a temporary restraining order in late August, which enabled Bilas to continue playing football for Mooney, pending today’s decision on the preliminary injunction.


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1YSUPenguins(16 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

His mom said that her husband got promoted in the Army and like everyone else when you get a pay raise, you get out of Poland and head straight for Youngstown to live. She also said it was for religious reasons. Thank goodness her son found religion in time for him to play football for Mooney this season.

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2YSUPenguins(16 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

What was said bad about Mooney? Don't you agree when you get a raise you leave Poland for Youngstown, and I was happy he found religion in time to be a starter for the Mooney football team.

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3redeye1(4714 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

They should just disband OHSAA now. No one follows the rules anyhow. And the legal system says its Okay to break rules if you want to play at a different school. Just come up with a lame excuse and your are on the new team

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4ytownisajoke(31 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This will be appealed to the Supreme Court and will be heard in Columbus where it should have been all along. Having two judges in Youngstwon hear the case (both Mooney graduates), did anyone expect the results to be any different?

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