Sheyenne Boys Varsity Soccer out of state tournament due to ineligible player

Photo by: North Dakota High School Activities Association
Photo by: North Dakota High School Activities Association

(West Fargo, ND) -- In a shocking turn of events, The varsity boy's soccer team at Sheyenne High School in West Fargo will not be headed to the state tournament.

The West Fargo Public School District released a statement to WDAY Radio Tuesday morning detailing "a routine review of learner records" that took place Monday, finding that one of the student-athletes on the team was ineligible to play in games for the Fall 2022 season. That student-athlete played in the majority of games during the season, resulting in those games being forfeited. As a result, the team is now out of the state tournament.

"As a member school of the North Dakota High School Activities Association, Sheyenne High School was obligated to notify the NDHSAA Executive Board of these findings," said the district in their release. "Their Board met last evening and affirmed the decision outlined in their bylaws that all matches this ineligible student-athlete participated in must be forfeited."

At 8:30 a.m. Tuesday morning, Sheyenne Activities Coordinator Cory Herrmann and Coach Melendez brought the soccer team together to share the news. A Blackboard email message was distributed to parents at the same time.

The Mustangs accumulated an 11-4-2 record, as were slated to face off with Bismarck High School Thursday for round one of the tournament.

More details are expected on the announcement later on in the day.