Rainier Beach HS allowed to compete in nat'l basketball tourney

SEATTLE -- After weeks of wrangling back and forth and the threat of a lawsuit, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association, or WIAA, is now granting permission for the Rainier Beach High School boy's basketball team to play in a national championship tournament in New York City.

The tournament, sponsored by Dick's Sporting Goods, is the biggest high school basketball tourney in the country. Weeks ago, The WIAA informed tournament organizers allowing Rainier Beach to play in the tournament would violate three WIAA rules concerning how many games a team can play in one season.

Upon hearing the news, two parents of players hired an attorney together and filed suit against the WIAA. Their intent was to pressure the WIAA into granting the team a waiver, which the WIAA has done in the past for other schools.

But, before either side could have their day in court, WIAA board members on Tuesday heard one last appeal from Rainier Beach High School and this time they said yes.

In response, the attorney for the parents who filed the lawsuit says he will drop the suit as soon as possible. The WIAA says, since they bent their rules, they formed a special committee to look into the issue.

The Dick's Sporting Goods National High School Basketball Tournament runs April 3-4. All the games are televised on ESPN.