Winter is a time when Nicholas Wajnowski usually spends endless hours on the basketball court playing for his high school team.

This season, however, the 16-year-old junior at West Haven High School found himself in a much different court � New Haven Superior Court. Wajnowski is no criminal � he’s had no trouble with the law and is an exemplary student, according to his attorney, Stephen B. Alderman. Wajnowski was in court in mid-December because his family was seeking an injunction to prevent the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference � the state organization that directs and controls high school athletics � from applying its so-called transfer rule, which puts Wajnowski on the sidelines this school year.