Judge Upholds DQ, 'Toppers Will Not Play Friday

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Judge Upholds DQ, 'Toppers Will Not Play Friday

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 3:01 PM CST

Brooklyn Park, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- After a lenghty review in Hennepin County Distric Court on Friday, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) decision to disqualify the Prairie Seeds Academy boys' soccer team has from the Class A tournament has been upheld.

The ruling means that Prairie Seeds Academy will not play its scheduled quarterfinal match on Friday against Duluth Marshall, and the Hilltoppers will received an automatic bye into the Class A semifinals.

The Hilltoppers had boarded a bus at 1:15 p.m. without knowing if the game was on or off, and assistant coach Josh Bellamy said they didn't receive official word until after arriving at the game field in Roseville, Minn.

Prairie Seeds Academy was disqualified on Wednesday by the MSHSL for using an ineligible player during the entire 2012 season, but Duluth Marshall head coach Mike Sengbush said he was told Thursday there may be legal action taken.

The Hilltoppers' next game now will be at 2:00 p.m. on October 29 against either Rochester Lourdes or Mankato East, with the winner of that contest bound for the Class A championship.

Posted by Zach Schneider
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