Judge upholds Prairie Seeds soccer disqualification - KMSP-TV

Judge upholds Prairie Seeds disqualification from state soccer tournament

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Prairie Seeds Academy of Brooklyn Park will remain disqualified from the Minnesota State Class A boys' soccer tournament.

A Hennepin County judge on Friday denied a motion for a temporary restraining order that would have temporarily prevented the Minnesota State High School League's disqualification of Prairie Seeds for using an ineligible player.

On Wednesday, the MSHSL ruled the team would forfeit its semifinal victory against Totino-Grace, along with all honors associated with the game. Officials began reviewing the match after a brawl broke out on the field, leading to ten suspensions between both schools and other penalties for the players involved.

But it wasn't the fight that got one of the state's best soccer teams bumped from the playoffs. During the investigation, officials found the school had never completed online transfer forms for a student who had been playing all year. Under the league bylaws, that means the player was ineligible to be on the team.

"It's unfortunate any time students are not allowed to participate," said MSHSL executive director Dave Stead, following Judge Jay Quam's ruling. "The decision upholds the integrity of the league's bylaws."

Before the disqualification, Prairie Seeds was planning to play Duluth Marshall in Roseville. The Marshall team remained in a holding pattern, prepared to play, until the judge's ruling came down.

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