Hockey Player Denied Waiver for Eligibility

By: Sarah Stokes
By: Sarah Stokes

A North High School hockey star will have to pay to play. Senior Ryan Goodmanson was ruled ineligible because his main address is outside Clear Lake, not at a rented apartment in Eau Claire.
Friday the WIAA denied the school's request for a waiver.
The WIAA Deputy Director says Goodmanson never met the eligibility requirements, so there was no reason to give him a waiver. There are two reasons to grant them: one, extenuating circumstances like the death of a student's parents or home betterment, if a student was being abused and needed to live elsewhere.
Ryan Goodmanson's family is taking the last option of paying tuition. For the rest of the year that's $2,500. He also has to drive the 65 miles to school everyday. The final step is for the WIAA to confirm he is a tuition paying player. The school faxed those documents Friday. North's principal says it's taught them a lesson, and while it looks like number 11 will be back on the ice soon, it hasn't been easy. The principal wants to make sure there is no misguided retaliation. He said emotions are running high, but they have no idea where the tip came from and they need to move on because the school was in the wrong.

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