NCHSAA rules prohibit Winter sports teams from playing games after March 14.
It was Jersey night at Myers Park as Shawn Kemp, Charles Barkley and Kemba Walker made an appearance.
UPDATE: Myers Park’s final appeal to the NCHSAA was denied Tuesday, shortly after 4:00 pm. The school was appealing a state ruling that the girls basketball team would not be allowed to play in the Dick’s Nationals Tournament in New York City.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Myers Park Lady Mustangs won their second consecutive state championship Saturday, defeating Southeast Raleigh 52-47. On Tuesday, Myers Park will hope to have another good result, as the school is appealing the NCHSAA’s ban on the team playing in the Dick’s Nationals Tournament in New York City.
At 2:30 pm Tuesday, the NCHSAA Executive Board will hear the school’s final appeal. According to the NCHSAA, Winter sports have a hard end date of March 14, prohibiting any games to be held following this date. The Dick’s Nationals Tournament takes place April 2-4.
A change.org petition has 2,500 signatures urging the governor to allow them to play, but former Carolina Panther Muhsin Muhammad has joined the Myers Park supporters. Muhammad penned an open letter to the NCHSAA, citing his own personal experiences as a reason for a change.
Defending 4A state champion Myers Park is hoping for a positive outcome next Tuesday, as six NCHSAA Executive Board members will determine if the Mustangs can accept an invite to the Dick’s Nationals Tournament in New York City.
The NCHSAA initially declined to grant a waiver requested by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Myers Park High School, ruling that the Winter sports season ends on March 14. The NCHSAA denial says the rules prohibit any games or practices from taking place following the March 14 date.
Originally, the deadline for Myers Park to accept the invitation to the tournament was March 14, but following a conference call between Myers Park principal Mark Bosco, athletic director Rick Lewis, NCHSAA commissioner Davis Whitfield, and tournament organizer Paragon Marketing Group, the school’s deadline was extended to March 17. This allows Myers Park the opportunity to accept the invitation, provided the NCHSAA allows them to participate.
Myers Park is 28-1 this season, their only loss coming to Tennessee state champion Blackman High School in December. On March 14, the Mustangs will play Southeast Raleigh for the state championship. If Myers Park wins the game, they’ll become the first Mecklenburg County team to repeat as 4A state champions.