The boys’ basketball team was full of change when the season started. One significant change for the team was accepting a former rival as a teammate.
Sophomore Bryce McKennon transferred to Skyline from Cunningham last fall without moving into the district. KSHSAA rules stated he could not participate in varsity sports for the first 18 weeks of school because of the transfer.
The former Wildcat finally made his debut and saw some varsity minutes on January 7 against Minneola.
“After I read the rules, I figured I couldn’t play unless we moved,” McKennon said. “I was pretty upset about it, but I don’t have any complaints because it is what it is. Eighteen weeks wasn’t that bad.”
McKennon transferred to Skyline at the beginning of the year, but wasn’t allowed to run on the varsity cross country team and wasn’t able to suit up for varsity basketball games until after Christmas break. He was at least able to run and play on JV until his 18 weeks were up.
The KSHSAA handbooks states that “If students change schools without an accompanying move on the part of their parents, they will be ineligible for interschool extracurricular activities for 18 weeks, beginning with the first day of their attendance.”
“It was upsetting because JV seemed too easy and varsity was more of a challenge,” McKennon said.
When the 10th annual 54 Classic tournament rolled around, McKennon wasn’t able to play his former team. If he would have gone in then he would of had to sit out for a regular season JV and varsity game because of additional KSHSAA rules. The rule states “No student may participate in more than 20 games, including those games played in tournaments. Regardless of the tournament format, the maximum number of games played in a season, exclusive of KSHSAA post-season competition, shall be 20 games.
“It was tough sitting on the bench when we played Cunningham,” McKennon said. “I wanted to go out there and show Cunningham how much I’ve improved since I left.”