Just hours before they were scheduled to play St. Paul United for a trip to the State Tournament, Achiever Academy pulled its girls' hockey team from competition, effectively ending their season.
According to the Star Tribune, Achiever Academy made the announcement in an agreement with the Minnesota State High School League after weeks of scrutiny about the online school's use of as many as six players who may not have been eligible to compete per MSHSL regulations.
Scrutiny came to a head Tuesday when the Star Tribune obtained an email citing seven Achiever players were ineligible because their parents lived out of state or their families didn't relocate when players transferred to the online school.
Per MSHSL regulations, transfer students are only eligible for athletics if the change of family residency is within the new school district's attendance area. Students who transfer from another state are required to live with their parent(s) at the new in-state address for the duration of the student's enrollment.
The Blake School in the Twin Cities does a great job explaining the transfer rules.
Achiever Academy was the top seed in Section 4 of Class 1A. Their forfeiture gives St. Paul United an automatic bid to the State Tournament.