WASHINGTON — The parents of a standout Southwestern Indiana high school basketball player have asked the courts for an injunction in their quest to restore their son’s eligibility at Barr-Reeve High School this season.
Kevin and Angie Hopf of Cannelburg, the parents of Curt Hopf, are suing the Department of Education’s Case Review Panel, the Indiana High School Athletic Association and Barr-Reeve Community Schools.
The Hopfs want a “temporary restraining order, preliminary and permanent injunctive relief, a judicial review of the decision of the Case Review Panel and declaratory judgment” on behalf of Curt Hopf, who was ruled ineligible to play for Barr-Reeve this season after transferring from Forest Park High School in Ferdinand.
In November, an Indiana Department of Education Case Review Panel, in a 7-0 vote, denied a request from Hopf and his family that the 6-foot-7 forward be allowed to play this winter. While the Hopf family said the move was because their son was bullied and harassed at Forest Park, the Case Review Panel decided that there was “compelling” evidence that Hopf transferred for athletic reasons.
Hopf has drawn interest from Indiana, Purdue and the University of Evansville, among others. He is the younger brother of Clint Hopf, a 2007 Indiana All-Star who played at UE and is considered the No. 12 player in the state’s Class of 2021 by the IndyStar.
It was the third denial of Hopf’s eligibility, following two from the IHSAA earlier this year.
In the complaint, filed Wednesday in Daviess County Circuit Court, the Hopfs’ attorney, Michael Jasaitis, wrote that despite the success Curt Hopf found on the basketball court while playing for Forest Park, he was a victim of bullying and harassment by a Forest Park assistant coach as well as some teammates and other students.