(UPDATED) Soccer Melee Fallout: Judge Denies Prairie Seeds Injunction, Totino-Grace 'Disappointed'
League won't let either team at boys tourney in Roseville after brawl at Maple Grove HS field. A court won't let Prairie Seeds Academy play. Totino-Grace said MSHSL should let Eagles in.
Update (4 p.m. Friday): A judge's ruling Friday means the Prairie Seeds Academy boys soccer team won't take the field at Roseville Area High School at 5:30 p.m. Friday for a quaterfinal state tournament match.
Neither will Totino-Grace High School, after the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) ruled that neither school could advance.
The MSHSL investigated a fight between the two schools at an Oct. 18 sectional title game at Maple Grove Senior High, resulting in game suspensions for 10 players from both teams. The league also found one Prairie Seeds Player ineligible, disqualifying the team from tournament play.
Instead of allowing Totino-Grace to take Prairie Seeds' place in the Friday quarterfinal, the MSHSL decided Duluth Marshall will get a bye to the next round, Minnesota Soccer Hub reported.
Update (3 p.m. Friday): A judge is deciding whether a boys soccer state high school tournament game will happen Friday at 5:30 p.m. at Roseville Area High School as originally scheduled, the Star Tribune reported.
Totino-Grace High School is apparently out of the picture, but if Prairie Seeds Academy's injunction request is granted, they will play Marshall School—a team that's starting a trip down from Duluth just in case, the Star Tribune said.
Original post (10 a.m. Friday): A week after fighting broke out at a boys soccer playoff match at Maple Grove Senior High, the two schools involved continued to press their cases online and in court.
Prairie Seeds Academy of Brooklyn Park is asking a judge to make the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) to let its team advance to the state tournament after the league disqualified Prairie Seeds for having an ineligible player.
Meanwhile, Totino-Grace High School posted in a statement posted on the school website protesting the league's decision not to let its team advance in Prairie Seeds' place:
"We are disappointed that the Minnesota State High School League has determined that our team will not be permitted to replace the disqualified team and respectfully disagree with their decision."
That echoed an Eagles' team captain's response at the MSHSL Facebook page, where the league ruling prompted a deluge of comments. (See the MSHSL statement in a press release by clicking the PDF thumbnail.)
Asked if Totino-Grace planned its own legal action or appeal of the MSHSL rulings, Athletic Director Mike Smith declined to elaborate on the statement Friday morning.
WCCO-AM reported that a court ruling on Prairie Seeds' request was expected as soon as Friday morning. The school needs a prompt, favorable decision if it is to play in the first-round match with the Marshall School set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, Fox 9 reported.
The MSHSL sanctioned 10 players from both teams for fighting in the last seconds of the match, which ended with Prairie Seeds having two goals to Totino-Grace's one. In its statement, Totino-Grace also disputed the league's suspension of its players:
"We were surprised to learn that acting to stop the fight is a sanctioned penalty. We are disappointed but we respect the Minnesota State High School League."
A Maple Grove Police Department investigation into the incident is underway, using video of the game from Channel 12 of Northwest Community Television (see YouTube).