Back on the Team?

By: Kara Tsuboi
By: Kara Tsuboi

When the school board made its decision, it was in a closed session, so the exact details on the case are unknown. But from what we gather, the issues weren't over his ability, but over administrative procedures.

The McQueen Lancers Boys' Varsity Baseball program consistently fields a competitive team.

When one of the school's students was cut from the team as a Junior and Senior, his parents took the issue to the highest level of appeal.

"The parents always have the option if they think that something hasn't been handled properly to appeal it to the principal and superintendent if they feel a situation hasn't been done fairly or to their satisfaction," says Dan Carne, the President of the School Board President.

This set of parents would not go on camera, but told us over the phone that their son had the ability both years to make the team. They say the problem was administrative: over the past year, they've argued that coach Brian Nelson and school principal, John Carlson, needed to be held accountable for the way they treat the players and parents.

In a 4 to 3 ruling, the board agreed with them and allowed the kid to play.

"it's unfortunate that everybody can't make the team. Not everyone is a varsity caliber athlete," says Jerry Hughes, the Executive Director of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. He says that it's not easy getting cut from the team and that issues with coaches are fairly typical, but all part of the process of growing up.

He adds that this school board situation could ultimately be more harmful to the student in the long run than simply being cut from the team.

And there's a new development. We just found out that the student resigned from the team today. His parents told us that he's sick and tired of the drama and controversy.


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