A lot is riding on tonight’s Morton sectional championship boys basketball game between Riverside-Brookfield High School and Morton High School. A win would give RBHS the school’s first sectional championship ever, but it would also spare Superintendent Kevin Skinkis from the embarrassment of having to wear the costume of Morty the Mustang costume, the Morton High School mascot.
Skinkis and Morton District 201 Superintendent Mike Kuzniewski have placed a friendly wager on the outcome of tonight’s game. The superintendent of the losing school will have to wear the costume of the winning school’s mascot for a day. Kuzniewski is the brother of District 95 superintendent Mark Kuzniewski.
The game has special meaning for Skinkis, who grew up in Cicero. Skinkis began his career as a teacher at Morton East High School. He taught history for four years at Morton East and then became dean of students there for three years.
“It’s going to be exciting,” Skinkis said.
The game will be played before a standing room only crowd. RBHS sold out its allotment of tickets in minutes, and tickets have been going fast at Morton, too.
“We don’t even know if we’re going to have any tickets at the door,” Mike Kuzniewski said. “We just had the architects and the bleacher company come over to make sure what our true capacity is and the fire marshals were brought in. We’re trying to determine the true capacity, because we will be at standing room only. We’ll try to accommodate as many people as we can until we can’t anymore.”