Prior to this week, the Beren Academy boys basketball team was on its way to a Texas state championship. The Stars are 23-5 on the season and were scheduled to take on Dallas Covenant this Friday in the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools 2A state tournament. Instead, they will have to forfeit. Beren is a Jewish Orthodox school and the game was slated for Friday night at 9 p.m. Beren students must observe the Jewish Sabbath from sundown on Friday until sundown on Saturday. According to the Houston Chronicle, Beren officials appealed to TAPPS to try to have the game moved to an earlier time, but their appeal has been denied.
“It’s disappointing. I’ve been here 10 years and I’ve always known where our priorities lie,” Beren coach and athletic director Chris Cole said. “We were hopeful and optimistic going in that we could be able to do both — adhere to the religious beliefs here and play basketball.”
Dallas Covenant will instead face Kerrville Our Lady of the Hills, which is the team Beren beat by a score of 69-42 last week. To this point, Beren was successful in rescheduling two of its Friday and Saturday playoff games earlier in the month so they could play earlier in the day. Teams are not allowed to play on Sundays because of traditional Christian warship, which limits opportunities to reschedule games.