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Park student-athlete recruiting claims made against East Ridge

Park High School student-athletes claim East Ridge High School's activities director and other representatives are trying to recruit them to switch schools and play sports for the Raptors.

The allegations are believed to be part of an internal review undertaken by District 833 administrators that deals with student transfers. The issue could further fuel a growing rivalry between the schools just a year and a half after East Ridge opened.

At least one Park student has said an East Ridge official reached out to him about transferring to the intra-district rival, and Park's activities director said he has given district administrators information he collected after looking into similar claims.

Minnesota State High School League policy prohibits school officials from contacting students from other schools about transferring to their school to participate in a sport. In such cases, the league can publicly censure a school, remove it from tournament competition or suspend it from the league.

Park Activities Director Phil Kuemmel said he met with East Ridge Activities Director Trent Hanson, Woodbury Activities Director Jason Schultz and District Assistant Superintendent Keith Ryskoski last Wednesday and again Monday to discuss recruiting claims and the student transfer issue.

District officials would not discuss details of the internal review.

See the Jan. 26 print edition of the South Washington County Bulletin for the full story.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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