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Volcano Vista soccer standout in court over eligibility issue

Volcano Vista’s Skylor Rose, one of the state’s elite boys soccer players, is taking the New Mexico Activities Association to court in an effort to stay eligible for the Hawks, the Journal has learned.

Rose missed the first six games of the Volcano Vista season, including all of the Albuquerque Metro Championships, after being ruled ineligible by the NMAA.

A court hearing is scheduled at 2:45 p.m. Monday in district court to settle the matter, according to the temporary restraining order obtained by the Journal on Tuesday.

The TRO allowed Rose to play in Volcano Vista’s two most recent games, last Saturday against Sandia Prep (his former school) and Tuesday against St. Pius.

NMAA executive director Sally Marquez said she could not comment on the particulars of Rose’s case, but did say Tuesday that the NMAA wasn’t notified of the TRO until Monday and that the organization did not have a chance to be heard before District Court Judge Nancy J. Franchini, who — on behalf of another judge, C. Shannon Bacon — signed the TRO last Friday afternoon.

“We were not made aware of any of it,” Marquez said.

The Journal was unable to reach the Rose family attorney on Tuesday. Hawks coach Billy Thiebaut also declined to comment. Messages left to Volcano Vista athletic director Ben Brown were not immediately returned, either.

Rose, a dynamic junior forward, played varsity soccer as an eighth-grader and freshman at Sandia Prep. He left the state to attend a school in the Denver area last fall, but eventually left that school to be home schooled, the Journal learned.

He moved back to New Mexico in January and was a student during the spring semester at Rio Rancho High School.

Rose enrolled at Volcano Vista in August. He was expected to be an exciting, and important, contributor for the Hawks this season.

But the NMAA said he could not play varsity for Volcano Vista, and the family is seeking to prevent the NMAA from enforcing that penalty until the case can be argued in court. He had been playing on the Volcano Vista junior varsity prior to the TRO.

The TRO signed by Franklin states: “The Court finds that Defendant (the NMAA) has not clearly stated its justification for refusing to allow Skylor Rose’s immediate participation and access to his home school district’s varsity soccer program. Skylor Rose … may suffer irreparable injury if (he) is prevented from immediate participation … .”

The ruling further says that it isn’t “readily apparent” that the NMAA would be harmed by the TRO, which expires at the end of this week.

Rose scored a goal in his game Saturday against Sandia Prep.