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Continued: Prairie Seeds may take state soccer disqualification to court

  • Article by: DAVID LA VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 25, 2012 - 12:18 PM

 According to the league's news release:

The investigation centered on a frame-by-frame review of the fight portion of the video. League staff and coaches and administrative representatives from both schools agreed that six players from each school had been involved in the altercation in varying degrees, the league said.

Five players were determined to have thrown punches at or kicked players or coaches from the opposing team, and five players were determined to have been involved to a lesser degree. It was also agreed that two players identified in the video were not involved in the altercation.

The league said five players will be ineligible for a minimum period of four weeks. Five other players will be ineligible for one game. Two players will have no penalty.

The league did not name the players or identify team affiliation of those who were penalized.

In last year's state tournament, Prairie Seeds played two games without standout player Carlos Boquin, who had been ruled ineligible by the league. Boquin played summer soccer with the Minnesota Kings and the team website listed his birth year as 1988. Players older than 20 are ineligible to participate in high school league activities.

Boquin's original birth certificate, stating he was 17, was mailed from his father in El Salvador and given to a high school league attorney the night before the championship game. Boquin's eligibility was confirmed about 15 minutes before the start of the game, which the Lycans lost to Benilde-St. Margaret's.

Stead would not comment whether Prairie Seeds lacked sufficient institutional control but said, "We are always available to provide additional support for any of our member schools."

Staff writer Paul Klauda contributed to this story.



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