UHSAA penalizes Mountain Crest

Published: Friday, Oct. 28 2011 12:24 a.m. MDT

MIDVALE — The Mountain Crest football team will have to forfeit three pre-season games and pay a $250 fine after a transfer player was ruled ineligible to play in those games.

Running back/defensive back Joseph Carlson moved to Utah from Idaho in January because his father felt he needed an environmental change. Carlson lived with assistant football coach Dave Kuresa when he first moved to Utah, as Kuresa and Carlson's father were long-time friends.

Carlson was ruled eligible on the condition that he not live with Kuresa. But Logan athletic director Clair Anderson said he lives just a few houses away from Kuresa and said he saw Carlson living with the coach for three weeks after the UHSAA ruling.

Mountain Crest athletic director Jim Crosbie said Carlson did spend some nights with the coach and he went to church with the Kuresa family as he was the only adult in Utah Carlson had to rely on.

Carlson moved in with his brother, who is attending Utah State and lives in Mountain Crest's boundaries, on Labor Day weekend.

The hearing panel found the boy had violated the original eligibility stipulations and because he played in every game this season, the team must forfeit those three games in which he lived with Kuresa. The program will also receive a letter of reprimand and must pay a $250 fine for violating the terms of the transfer.

In other transfer hearings:

A sophomore swimmer was ruled eligible to swim at Lehi High School after swimming as a freshman for American Fork High School. She lives in Lehi boundaries, and while the family had plans to move to American Fork, they opted to stay in Lehi because their daughter had such a bad experience swimming for American Fork.

A foreign exchange student was given permission to swim for Judge Memorial Catholic High School rather than West, where his host family resides. He attends a charter school and wasn't able to attend practices at West High, which is where UHSAA rules dictate he should participate.

A Rich senior was not granted an extra year of eligibility. Argyle suffered a severe brain injury last year and is attending school part time this year. He hasn't been cleared by doctors to play sports, but if he is, his parents hoped he would be able to play sports next year while working to attain his high school diploma.

"We can't waive that rule," said UHSAA attorney Mark Van Wagoner. "As much as we love the kid and we're sorry about his accident, there is no way to waive the rule."

email: adonaldson@desnews.com

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