Jewish school back in Texas tourney playoffs
In this Feb. 28, 2012 photo, senior Aaron Hakakian shoots the ball during basketball practice at Robert M. Beren Academy in Houston. / Mayra Beltran,AP Photo/Houston Chronicle
(AP) HOUSTON - An Orthodox Jewish school in Texas has been reinstated to its state basketball tournament after parents filed a lawsuit against organizers to reschedule the team's game so it doesn't conflict with the Sabbath.
The Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, or TAPPS, had rejected Beren Academy's requests to reschedule a semifinals game that was to be played at 9 p.m. Friday. Beren players observe the Sabbath between Friday night and Saturday night and won't play basketball during those hours.
A group of parents with boys on the team subsequently sued TAPPS and sought a temporary restraining order requiring the agency to reschedule the game.
After being notified the lawsuit had been filed, TAPPS director Edd Burleson said the association would reverse course and allow Beren to play Friday afternoon.
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