SELAH, Wash. - The defending champs get to keep playing. The Washington Interscholastic Activities Association voted to overturn a decision and will allow the Selah volleyball team to play in the post-season.
The WIAA had initially banned Selah from post-season competition. The WIAA ruled that Selah played 18 varsity contests, two more than the allowed limit. Selah contested that the two games in question were JV games and that WIAA language doesn't cleary distinguish between varsity and junior varsity games.
Selah appealed the initial ruling and the WIAA's decision was overturned at a hearing by the WIAA Executive Board. In the same decision the Board directed the WIAA staff "to develop language further clarifying a squad and directed the CWAC league to develop standard operating procedurds regarding varsity competition."
Selah Principal Joe Jones told KNDO that no Selah volleyball player played in more than 16 games (the allowable max).
The Vikings won the 3A state championship a year ago. As a 2A member of the CWAC this year, Selah's ranked third in the state. The Vikings will participate in the CWAC District tournament which starts on Thursday.