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Naylor School District files complaint against Bell City

Naylor School District files complaint against Bell City
By: Ryan Tate

The Naylor School District filed a formal complaint with the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) against Bell City, hoping for "fair treatment" from the organization.

Those are the words of Naylor Superintendent Steve Cookson, speaking with Heartland News Tuesday. "We want to see consistency in the way all athletes are treated," Cookson said.

MSHSAA slapped Naylor with strong penalties earlier this month, after determining four girls did not meet residency requirements and another was academically questionable.  As a penalty, the district was forced to forfeit all games from last season in girls basketball and girls softball. The basketball team also has to give back its District Championship.

Cookson says it is not "sour grapes" against Bell City. Cookson says he would feel better if all students are treated fairly.

District officials in Bell City believe otherwise. "I think it's a case of sour grapes," Bell City Athletic Director Brian Brandtner said. "It is not effecting the team or the teachers, because there is nothing to it."

In a written statement, Bell City Principal Matt Asher added, "It's unfortunate that the Naylor School District has chosen to use the personal issues they have with the Missouri State High School Athletic Association by randomly selecting another school to file a complaint against."

MSHSAA officials tell Heartland News an investigation is underway, looking into Naylor's complaints against Bell City.

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