The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Directors was given an update this afternoon by attorney Robert Fraser regarding the organization's ongoing dispute with Mansfield High School and its football coach Mike Redding.
The purpose of the meeting, held in executive session, was to update board members as well as answer any questions they had.
A subcommittee of the board had said that Mansfield must punish Redding for taking five days to inform the association of the use of an ineligible player in two games this fall. In response, Mansfield's attorneys sent a letter to the MIAA late last week regarding the subcommittee's decision and asking for clarification. Because yesterday's discussion was held in executive session, the specifics of Fraser's update were unknown.
In other news, the board discussed a number of topics:
- Preliminary fall tournament review showed attendance at all tournaments was up approximately 6,000 fans over the previous year and that tournament net was iup approximately $70,000.
- Topics for the April 3 association meeting were discussed. Among the issues discussed were league realignment, alcohol abuse by students, the need for consistent standards for deciding on whether to approve cooperative teams, and the potential budget cuts that schools across the state are expecting.
Mike Moverman (right) (Globe File Photo)
In other school news today, Gatorade and ESPN RISE Magazine, announced that Mike Moverman of Oliver Ames is the 2008-09 Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year. Moverman is the first Gatorade Massachusetts Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year to be chosen from Oliver Ames High School. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the racecourse. Moverman is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year award to be announced in February.
The 5-foot-9 senior won the Division 2 state meet with a time of 16:04.3, leading the Tigers to a second-place finish as a team this past season. The 2008 Boston Globe Runner of the Year, Moverman recorded the fastest time of the season at Franklin Park in Boston, winning the Bay State Invitational with a time of 15:48. Moverman finished sixth at the Foot Locker Northeast Regional in 15:48 and placed 19th at the national Foot Locker Cross Country Championships in 15:54.
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