EL DORADO — A judge today dismissed a lawsuit seeking new tryouts for the Andover High School boys basketball team.
The lawsuit was brought against the Andover school district by a student's guardians who contended that the tryouts were tainted because the head basketball coach sought loans from players' parents. The guardians' nephew was cut from the team after tryouts in mid-November. The coach, Jason Stucky, resigned about a week after the tryouts.
Butler County District Judge Mike Ward said he used a balancing test in reaching his decision. To hold new tryouts would cause more harm than good, Ward said in court.
In a written order on his decision, Ward said: "The current season is well under way. To order that it start over again would potentially cause a laundry list of problems we cannot fully comprehend until this do-over process was to begin."
Regarding the balancing test, he wrote that "the scales in this case tip substantially in favor of the community interest, and not in favor of the individual interest... "
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