NDHSAA board rejects request from Hillsboro to allow NCW transfers to play right away

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Posted: Friday, February 9, 2018 6:44 am

Students who open-enroll in Hillsboro Public Schools from the Norman County West (Minn.) School District next year won’t be able to play for Hillsboro-Central Valley’s varsity sports teams right away.

The North Dakota High School Activities Association’s board of directors voted 7-2 Wednesday morning to reject a request from Hillsboro officials asking that students who transfer from the Minnesota school be immediately eligible to suit up for the Burros in 2018-19.

According to minutes from the meeting sent to the Banner from NDHSAA media specialist Tom Mix, NDHSAA directors denied the request citing Minnesota’s eligibility rules.

NDHSAA Executive Director Matt Fetsch told board members he contacted his counterpart in Minnesota and was informed Norman County West athletes would be able to play right away only for Ada-Borup (Minn.), which signed a tuition agreement with NCW for students in grades 6-12.

Hillsboro-Central Valley athletic director Dave Nelson appeared before state athletic officials Jan. 18 in Valley City and said a Norman County West sophomore hoped to join his siblings, who were already attending classes in Hillsboro, next year.

Nelson asked that the male athlete – and any additional NCW athletes who open-enroll in Hillsboro – be allowed to play for the Burros without sitting out a year due to eligibility rules.

NDHSAA board member and Minot Superintendent Mark Vollmer made the motion to deny the request.

Cavalier Superintendent Jeff Manley and Patti Stedman, executive director of the North Dakota School Boards Association, voted against the motion.

Both members are stepping off the board in June.

Central Valley School Superintendent Jeremy Brandt and former Hillsboro athletic director Mark Rerick recently were named to the NDHSSA board of directors, but their terms won’t begin until July. 

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