Breaking News: Northland-San Diego match will NOW happen, ESPN coming

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Flyin to the Hoop

Saturday’s much anticipated boys basketball match up between Columbus Northland and San Diego (CA) high schools at the Flyin to the Hoop is back on. Despite a rule within the Columbus City School District that says no athletic events can be played if there is no school, Columbus City School officials OK’d Northland to play in Saturday’s FTTH. That means Northland-San Diego is back on.


Saturday’s much anticipated boys basketball match up between Columbus Northland and San Diego (CA) high schools at the Flyin to the Hoop is back on. Despite a rule within the Columbus City School District that says no athletic events can be played if there is no school, Columbus City School officials OK’d Northland to play in Saturday’s FTTH. That means Northland-San Diego is back on.

FTTH president Eric Horstman said he got a call from Columbus City Athletic Director Mike Rotunda around 9:45 a.m. Friday saying Northland is now allowed to play.

The Northland-San Diego match up is highly anticipated because it pits Northland’s Jared Sullinger – the No. 1 ranked junior in the country by ESPNU – against San Diego junior Jeremy Tyler, who’s ranked No. 7. Sullinger is committed to Ohio State, while Tyler is headed to Louisville.

As of last night, when Columbus City Schools cancelled school today, Northland’s participation was null and void due to the district rule. After some discussion – and what Horstman called “the power of the people” – Columbus City School officials decided to allow Northland to play. A thread on JJHuddle.com announcing the District’s original ruling had over 70 posts and 1,000 views within 12 hours.

Horstman said he recieved an email from Northland coach Satch Sullinger around 6:30 p.m. Thursday saying the team “really wanted to play” and he was “doing everything he could” to try to make that happen. Looks like he did.

According to Horstman, ESPN informed him earlier that it was sending a three-man crew to the game to do a documentary on the match up of highly ranked players.

The Columbus City School ruling had also originally called for Africentric and Brookhaven’s girls basketball teams to forgo their trips to the Classic in the Country girls basketball event in Berlin this weekend as well. Those two teams will now be allowed to play too.

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