This article has been updated as of 1/4/11 at 1:30 pm
Paige Parkinson started last year as a freshman for the Nashua North girls basketball team. She's a 5'11" forward who can drive to the basket, run the floor on the break, rebounds on both ends and can finish inside in traffic. Over the summer she transferred from North to Bishop Guertin. Parkinson is not being allowed to play this season for BG. She will sit out this season and will be eligible to play next year as a junior.
"Paige has remained positive through out the whole process" said Bishop Guertin head coach Scott Hazelton, who also coaches the NH Rivals, which is not affiliated with the NE Shooting Stars - the AAU team that Parkinson has played for last couple of years. "Of course she's disappointed that she cannot play but she fully respects the rules and decision passed down by the review committee. She is a tough minded kid so I'm certain she will move on from this and turn it into a positive."
The NHIAA handbook states that any player transferring from one school to another has to sit out for 365 days before playing. The exception is if both of the school's principals sign an affidavit verifying that the transfer was not for athletic reasons. If they both sign off on it then they're eligible and can play right away without waiting a year. However in this case, Nashua North did not sign off on it, so Parkinson is ineligible for one year. She will be able to play next season for BG, as her 365 days will be up at that point.
I asked Nashua North principal David Ryan why he refused to sign off on the affidavit but he refused to comment.