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Play Or Graduate: Choice Left Up To Faith Christian Seniors

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ARVADA, Colo. (CBS4)- Some seniors in the Faith Christian High School have a tough decision to make: compete in a playoff game and risk missing graduation.

The Colorado High School Activities Association, or CHSAA, said it will not change the schedule to accommodate those seniors who want to walk in their graduation ceremony.

“The secretary basically told her, ‘You’re going to have to make a choice if your son plays baseball or goes to graduation.’ Really?” said father Dave Mihalcin.

Faith Christian is the only 3A team with a graduation conflict. Some parents claim CHSAA is making them choose sports over education.

Faith Christian advanced to the state semi-finals last weekend. CHSAA moved games up by one hour to accommodate the team which has to get from a 1:30 p.m. game in Greeley to the 6:30 p.m. graduation in Arvada on Friday.

Dave and Sarah Mihalcin say that’s not nearly enough time.

“More than likely we’re going to have a rain delay so the kids are going to have to choose. Am I going to graduate on the baseball field or with the kids I’ve gone to school with for 13-14 years?” said Sarah.

CHSAA Assistant Commissioner Berg Borgmann blames the school for not catching the scheduling problem earlier.

CHSAA released this statement: “The Association has made a policy to publish dates two years in advance so that schools can make planning decisions for these potential conflicts.”

Right now teams from Lamar and Holy Family play in an earlier game.

Borgmann said flipping the early and late games would be unfair to Lamar High School which has to drive nearly six hours to get to the venue. Lamar’s principal disagrees, telling CBS4 the school has been willing to play at any time.

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