LETTER: WIAA doesn’t restrict high school dual sports

To the editor:

This morning, I was on the phone with the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association and was talking about the situation at hand. The representative suggested that I make an appeal to the board. The appeal would be for the Suring School Board to create a grandfather clause until Trent Van Den Elzen has completed his eligibility at Suring.

He suggested I make this appeal based on the following points:

• Past precedent. There have been 13 student athletes to participate in dual sports before Trent Van Den Elzen. The following students to participate are as follows: Isaiah Houska, Anthony Lenz, Nate Regal, Aaron Regal, Gina Heckl, Katy School, Klint Hischke, Brad Quant, Nick School, Mike Booth, Dillion Matelski, Dana Erimis and Brett Belongia.

I personally know many of these top achieving graduates of Suring High and dual sports. I believe their coaches stepped up and made this possible for them. Their participation is easily verified.

• Trent is capable of doing, which has been proven over the past two years. This has also been a very positive experience for fellow teammates, Suring High and Trent.

• Academically qualified

• It is done throughout the state.

• The M&O conference has no bylaws preventing dual sports.

• The WIAA has no rules preventing dual sports.

We can’t allow this type of discrimination to hamper our students to have the chance to improve their lives going forward.

I would like to ask, what other zero-cost opportunity has the school eliminated? We aren’t talking about adding cost to the school budget. We aren’t talking about hiring a new coach. We aren’t buying special equipment or more transportation. We are talking about letting a role model student be allowed to finish what he started. We are talking about life lessons of time management and going for your dreams. Are we to believe that the 13 students who were allowed to participate in dual sports had to have their parents beg for them to be allowed to participate?

The dedication for a student to complete three sports over a four-year period is something that is awarded. How is a student doing four sports for three years something you ban? Are we to believe that all decisions that an athletic department and school board make always stand the test of time?

Let’s continue to move forward with our children’s future in mind. This doesn’t need to be a lengthy process but can be changed for our children right now.

Mike Van Den Elzen, Suring