North Waits for Ruling on Ineligible Player

By: Sean Towle
By: Sean Towle

The Eau Claire North hockey team's perfect season came to an end last night, but a bigger worry is the eligibility of the team's second leading scorer Ryan Goodmanson.
Goodmanson transferred from Amery to Eau Claire North last summer and has lived with his father in Eau Claire since.
Through an anonymous letter received by the WIAA, the question has now been raised about Goodmanson's primary residence.
"We have the potential of an eligibility infraction with one of our hockey players," Eau Claire North Principal Tom Fiedler said.
That player is senior forward Ryan Goodmanson, who happens to be the huskies second leading scorer.
Goodmanson transferred to North from Amery and was ruled ineligible by the school before last night's loss -- the first of the season for North -- to Eau Claire Memorial as school officials work out residency issues with the WIAA.
"We provide rationale to the WIAA why an exception to the eligibility rule should be made. We're putting that together as we speak gathering datd. Hopefully we'll get that data to the wiaa later today, no later than tomorrow and we were assured we'll get a quick turnaround right away," Fiedler said.
According to WIAA rules for varsity eligibility, public school students are basically eligible to participate in the district in which their parents reside in their primary residence.
Parents may not establish a secondary residence, in a second district and gain athletic eligibility.
According to WIAA Deputy Director Dave Anderson responsibility to make sure eligibility requirements are met lies with 3 parties. The parents, the coaches, and school administration.
In a notice posted on the website to coaches it reads:
Assume all transfer students are not eligible until everything has been checked by your school administration and the WIAA office.
WIAA Deputy Director Dave Anderson adds Eau Claire North has a healthy reputation with the WIAA.
"There appears to be no collusion at least from the school administration," Anderson said.
While the school hopes to get a ruling by Friday.
"Worst case he's ruled ineligible and we forfeit 16 games," Fiedler added.
Even if that occurs, the North Huskies are still eligible for postseason play with a vote by the coaches to determine seeding coming up this Sunday....

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