7:28 AM PDT, April 5, 2012
South Dakota schools will vote on a proposal that would make students ineligible to play varsity sports for one year if they open-enroll to attend a new school.
The issue arises after 31 districts petitioned the South Dakota High School Activities Association to change its rules for competing. The association’s 181 member schools will vote this spring. Approval by 60 percent, or 109 schools, would make the change take effect July 1 and apply to the 2012-13 school year.
Open enrollment allows a student living in one attendance area to go to school in another attendance area without his or her family having to move. Families take advantage of this option for a variety of reasons, ranging from academics to course offerings to transportation.
Rules allow a student switching schools for the first time to play varsity sports immediately, if the switch occurs before the school year starts. A student changing schools during the academic year is eligible after waiting nine weeks.
The change would make a student sit out a full 12 months before competing on a varsity level, though he or she still would be eligible for freshman, sophomore and junior varsity sports.
Wayne Carney, executive director of the state activities association, said there are 190 students this year who have transferred their athletic eligibility. “It’s kind of evolved where enough schools have had it negatively impact their programs,” he said.
Open enrollment began in 1997, with approval from that year’s Legislature, to give families options in where children would attend school. The practice has grown to where 7,436 of the state’s children are openenrolling this year, 5.9 percent of the total K-12 enrollment of 125,180.
Among the 31 sponsoring schools were six of the eight Eastern South Dakota Conference schools including Aberdeen Central as well as area schools Clark and Milbank.
From Jon Walker, Argus Leader
All-Star Games on Saturday
The 25th Annual 3-Class Shoot-Out All-Star Basketball Games will take place on Saturday at the McCook Central Auditorium in Salem. The event features a host of area standouts.
The first game of the day starts at 2 p.m. with the Class AA girls vs. the Class A girls.
The Class B squad will take on the winner at 3:30 p.m. The Class A boys take on the Class AA boys at 5:15 followed by a dunk contest. The Class B boys then take on the A-AA winner at 7 p.m.
Here are the rosters for each all-star team: Class AA Girls: Tia Hemiller and Savannah Gravatt of Watertown; Heidi Hoff of Brandon Valley; Sarah Zirpel of Sioux Falls Washington; Chloe Cornemann and Emily Fedders of Yankton; Sydney Rome of Sioux Falls Roosevelt; Kelcy Schaunaman and Kayla Schaunaman of Aberdeen Central; and Chandler Nielson of Sioux Falls O’Gorman.
Class A Girls: Devon Brecke of Wagner; Caitlin Duffy of St.
Thomas More; Alison Klostergaard of Beresford; Raquel Sutera of Bon Homme; Megan Krogman of Elkton-Lake Benton; Kelly Amundson of Vermillion; Bailey Milne of Madison; Alexis Watts of Miller; Haley Stover of Redfield-Doland; and Lane Halligan of Todd County, Class B Girls: Ashley Robinson of Hanson; Paige Herrboldt of Freeman; Samantha Blake of Centerville; Kelsey Little of Castlewood; Mikayla Saathoff of Estelline; Kristen Binger of Hitchcock-Tulare; Emily Kay of Warner; and Jamie Tschetter of Freeman Academy, Class AA Boys: Tanner Odegaard and Landon Busch of Brookings; Connor Schaefbauer and Sam Wallin of Sioux Falls O’Gorman; Luke Carr of Huron; Jade Miller, Tate Martin and Brady Maxwell of Mitchell; Joey Habtemariam of Sioux Falls Washington; and Ben Schultz of Brandon Valley.
Class A Boys: Shane Gottlob of McCook Central-Montrose; Trae Bergh and Kenton Welbig of Tri-Valley; Michael Schmidt of Dell Rapids; Brook Bergmann of Dakota Valley; Hank Taken Alive of McLaughlin; Darin Peterka of Miller; Chad Bryant of Custer; Nic Behrens of Flandreau; and Trevor Petersen of Deubrook.
Class B Boys: Adam Fink of Tripp-Delmont-Armour; Jordan Feyerisen of Castlewood; Jordan Lamb of Sully Buttes; Cameron Deinert and Dean Frey of Mount Vernon; Koby Jackson of Rosholt; Jade Keffeler of Faith; Cedric Hay of Parker; and Jacob Bartscher of Hanson.
From staff reports
¿ Mobridge-Pollock senior Collin Jensen, the 220-pound State B champion, earned All-American status by finishing seventh at 285 pounds at the recent USA Folkstyle Nationals at Cedar Falls, Iowa.
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