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Published June 27, 2012, 06:14 PM

NDHSAA votes to allow Central Valley seniors to play for Hillsboro

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - It's decision day for two Central Valley football players, in limbo for their senior season. The North Dakota High School Activities Association needed a week, but in the end, it allowed the two Central Valley players to play for Hillsboro this coming fall.

By: Dom Izzo, WDAY

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - It's decision day for two Central Valley football players, in limbo for their senior season. The North Dakota

High School Activities Association needed a week, but in the end, it allowed the two Central Valley players to play for Hillsboro this coming fall.

The association's football committee approved an emergency co-op plan put forth last week to allow schools to co-op in the 2nd year of the existing two-year plan, provided certain criteria are met.

Todd Olson – Football Committee Member: “I think there is a chance that it will happen again in future football plans, now this will be part of the plan and if it does occur, we have something in policy that is in place, that can apply in a variety of circumstances.”

Sherm Sylling – NDHSAA Executive Secretary: “I think they addressed a very difficult situation and I think their heart is in the right place and we will see how accepted it is by our member schools.”

The long, drawn out quest for two senior football players without a place to play this fall is finally over.

At a special meeting today in Valley City, the North Dakota High School Activities Association unanimously agreed to add a guideline to the football plan allowing a school to apply for an emergency co-op in the 2nd year of a 2 year plan, provided certain criteria are met. Dusty Schildberger and Ethan Proznik met those criteria so the Central Valley seniors will be able to play for Hillsboro this fall.

Todd Olson – Football Committee Member: “I think we were able to find some language, to put into the football plan that can apply in a variety of situations, not just a single case. I think that was very important.”

Sherm Sylling – NDSHAA Executive Secretary: “The burden of proof is going to be on the school to determine that they can absolutely not have a football team and they have to have coops in place on the backside of this or the board is not going to consider it. I think the board did a good job crafting something.”

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