The Independent-Record from Helena, Montana on October 29, 2015 · A11
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The Independent-Record from Helena, Montana · A11

Helena, Montana
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Thursday, October 29, 2015
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October 2015 Capital High Sports 11 Tyler Taylor, a senior from Capital High, has been denied the ability to play football this season due to the fact that he took the Hiset Exam which entitles him to a high school equivalent diploma. The Montana High School Association (MHSA), which makes the rules for high school sports in the state, has a rule that says a students may not play high school extracurricular sports if they have completed the Hiset exam. Taylor’s desire to play varsity football is a dream that is being ripped from his grasp. Having played football since he was six, Tyler was fully prepared to get rolling on his new season. However, during his junior year of high school, he attended Sentinel in Missoula while also being a part of the Trapper Creek job corps. As part of the corps, he took the Hiset exam and achieved the right to a high school level diploma. This is his problem. Though he never actually physically received the diploma, the MHSA has banned Taylor from playing football due to the rule. Taylor’s family has taken the issue to court to try to fight for his right to play football. His argument is that to receive the diploma you must be 19 and not enrolled in high school; Taylor was not 19 when he took the exam and was enrolled in high school, so he argues that he could not have validly received the diploma. Taylor says “We have appealed to the district judge and she said no, so now we are appealing to the Montana Supreme Court.” Since Tyler’s request to play until the decision is final was rejected by the district judge, he has now taken it to the next level. When asked if he had given up on playing this season, Tyler stated “this question is kind of hard. As much as I want to play, I have come to the realization that this is probably not going to happen anytime soon.” Taylor’s not being able to play has a deeper impact on his life than people realize. Because of this, certain scholarships he could have achieved have been eliminated. It’s possible that the MHSA ruling has interfered with Taylor’s education. Still, it appears as though Taylor holds nothing against the MHSA; he says “I believe they are just trying to follow the rules which I can understand, but I feel that I am an exception from the rule they are saying I am breaking.” His goals right now are to just to be eligible to play other sports, hopefully track, and to make sure that this bad situation does not happen to anyone else. Jaci Baker chases the ball out of bounds during crosstown 2015. The girls headed to State this weekend! Capital High’s Varsity girls golfers--Jamie Wilson, Amber O’Mara, Sidney Lamb, Mikaela Latka, Madi O’mara, and Shelby Van-Hemelryck--pose for a photo at the State Tourney. By Garrett Poteet MHSA tackles Capital football player Karen Latka Congrats, golfers, on your season! Good luck at state! Why does someone who runs marathons make a good student? A: Because education pays off in the long run! Katarina Olsen is the only senior on the girls’ cross team this year. At 17 years old Olsen is 5’ 7;’’ her legs were made for running. Olsen states that her best time this year is 20:45. The University of Utah has really caught this senior’s eye; she wants to go into Physical Therapy and Criminology. Olsenis one of the seven girls who have qualified for state this year. “Steve Prefontaine is my idol,” says Olsen, because he is an amazing runner. The senior says what helps her to prepare herself mentally before every meet is to simply pray. Her favorite running quote is, “The best pace is a suicide pace, and today is a good day to die.” Olsens’ advice for the under classmen is to never give up and always believe in yourself. Sole cross country senior sprints for state By Sydnee Tjaden Katarina Olsen strides past her opponents. April Murffit Becca Swenson Melissa Taylor

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