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Congo-born Mooseheart basketball player fights for eligibility

Nov 21, 2014 • Chicago Tribune
Congo-born Makindu, an athletic 6-foot-3 senior at the residential school in Batavia, arrived there in October 2012 through the efforts of Plano High School Athletic Director Jim Schmidt. After sitting out a year in compliance with Illinois High School ... More

Congolese Mooseheart student ineligible for basketball

Feb 28, 2014 • Chicago Tribune
Mooseheart, run by Moose International for children from unstable environments, has a basketball team ranked ninth among Illinois' Class 1A teams. That ranking is based largely on the play of three towering South Sudanese students who were at the ... More

Mooseheart player challenges ineligibility

Feb 26, 2014 • Chicago Tribune
... of a player left out of the action. The Mooseheart Red Ramblers last year overcame an Illinois High School Association ruling that sought to dismiss three towering South Sudanese players. But the school now has another eligibility controversy on ... More

Sudanese Mooseheart Basketball Players At Center Of Recruiting Controversy

Dec 8, 2012 • Huffington Post
Eighteen months after arriving – and just as they are beginning to feel at home – these athletes find themselves at center court in a controversy over high school sports recruiting as officials unravel exactly how they came to tiny Mooseheart High ... More

IHSA rules Mooseheart basketball players eligible to play

Dec 10, 2012 • Chicago Tribune
The Illinois High School Association has determined that three Sudanese athletes for Mooseheart High School are eligible to play, but the IHSA also sanctioned the school. The state athletic governing body's executive director on Nov. 29 deemed Mangisto ... More

Westminster Christian tops Mooseheart

Sep 7, 2014 • Chicago Daily Herald
So far in the early existence of its program Westminster Christian has been trying to compete almost solely with an advanced passing attack. The result has been only two wins, which both came last year. On Saturday, however, the Warriors took a big ... More

Mooseheart caps emotional journey with state title

Mar 15, 2014 • Chicago Daily Herald
Mooseheart's Akim Nyang and Josh Tucker celebrate their Class A state title game victory over Heyworth in Peoria on Saturday. In their first final four appearance, the Red Ramblers brought home the basketball program's first state title after a 63-47 ... More

Far From Home, South Sudanese Basketballer Finds Footing On Court

Mar 19, 2014 • NPR
Like what Mooseheart did to me is, like, it mean a lot, you know. SIEGEL: Well, Mangisto Deng of Mooseheart High School in Batavia, Illinois, now the Class 1A state champions in basketball, congratulations and thanks for talking with us. DENG: Thank you. More

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