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Roosevelt’s LaDontz Tolbert granted limited eligibility

Updated: January 31, 2013 11:45PM



It was a good, but not great, day for Roosevelt junior LaDontz Tolbert.

Tolbert, the subject of a Post-Tribune column in December, was granted limited eligibility by the IHSAA Review Panel. Tolbert spent his first two years at Lew Wallace, playing basketball first for Renaldo Thomas and then last year for Melvin Yancey. His mother, Sharethia Tolbert, pulled him out of Lew Wallace after an incident in which another student pulled a gun on him as he walking home from school on 45th Avenue. Sharethia Tolbert maintained that Lew Wallace officials refused to sign off on LaDontz’s transfer only because he was good basketball player. The schools in the Gary Community School Corporation generally have a policy of allowing kids to move about freely within the system. The initial ruling from the IHSAA was no eligibility, which meant that Tolbert couldn’t even practice. Limited eligibility means he can play junior varsity.

Sharethia was happy with the decision, though the fight is not over. The Tolberts plan to appeal the case to the Case Review Panel, which is the third and final avenue for student athletes in the appeal process. The CRP is made up of independent members who aren’t affiliated with the IHSAA.

“I consider this a victory because he can get back on the court and do what he loves,” Sharethia Tolbert said.

Tolbert said that if LaDontz regains his full eligibility, he could be playing basketball for the Panthers by the middle of February.



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