Star football player at Minnehaha Academy forced to sit out season

Updated: August 30, 2019 10:22 PM

A star high school football player in the metro stood on the sidelines at the team's first game of the season. And it's all because of a decision made years ago.

Craig McDonald is a senior at Minnehaha Academy. He's considered one of the top athletes in the state. But, Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) rules say he's not eligible to play this year.


"He repeated eighth-grade on the determination of us as parents and with Minnehaha Academy due to his immaturity of starting school at the age of 4," Craig's mom, Shaun-Rae McDonald, said.

MSHSL has a code called "Bylaw 110." It states that each and every student is given 12 consecutive semesters for participation whether the student chooses to participate in a sport or not. The league begins counting when a student starts seventh-grade. They determined Craig reached the limit.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS contacted the league, but it would only say, "the MSHSL does not comment on individual student situations. Your contact would need to be the member school and/or the family."

Craig's parents appealed the decision made by the league but were denied.

"He's already verbally committed to Iowa State, he's standing steadfast on that. All he wants to do is play with the kids he's played with and against since he was 7 years old," McDonald said.

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