Three controversial technical foul calls during last week’s Jacksonville HS boys basketball game against Lanphier have caught the attention of a Springfield school board member.
Springfield Public Schools District #186 board member Judy Johnson questioned whether the calls against Lanphier during the game played at the JHS Bowl were racially motivated, given that the officiating crew was all white, as is most of the Jacksonville team.
Springfield Superintendent Jennifer Gill declined to comment on whether she thought that race was affecting calls during the game, but thinks that having more diversity on officiating crews makes sense. Gill believes the Lanphier complaint could result in discipline for the referees, but if that happened, such discipline would probably not be disclosed publicly. Gill also says that it is unlikely that the game result would be changed.
Johnson, who is African-American, called on the Illinois High School Association to hire more black game officials.