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10/12/2012 6:00:00 PM
Amsel ruled eligible to play
Amsel will start tonight
Michael Amsel. Jr., will be back under center and roaming the defense when Chelan (0-4, 1-5) faces Omak (1-3, 1-5) in a Caribou Trail League game at 7 p.m. tonight in Omak.
Head Coach Darren Talley said Freshman Luke Gleasman will move aside as Amsel takes over the reins for the last three regular-season games. The Goats still have a chance to get into the playoffs but need help from other teams, Talley said.
"We will not change anything," Talley said. "It is exactly the same."
Amsel played quarterback on the scout teams for the last several weeks, Talley said.

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Standout athlete Michael Amsel, Jr., is eligible to play sports for Chelan High School.

The WIAA District VI Appeals Board denied Amsel's eligibility on Sept. 26, overturning a ruling by the Lake Chelan School District Board of Trustees.

But Washington Interscholastic Activities Association Executive Director Mike Colbrese overturned the panel's ruling on Oct. 10.

Amsel, an 18-year-old senior, attended a Rio Linda, Ca., school from January to June before transferring back to Chelan this summer.

WIAA rules do not allow a student to play sports immediately after a transfer except for "hardship" or special cases.

"We received word from...Colbrese that WIAA is granting a waiver of the residence/transfer rule," wrote Chelan Superintendent Rob Manahan in an email to the media dated Oct. 10. "Michael is eligible for varsity level participation in all interscholastic athletic activities at Chelan High School for the 2012-2013 school year."

Manahan directed all other questions or requests for information to WIAA Colbrese.

Colbrese said in the past it is WIAA policy not to release information about eligibility to the public or the media.
Attempts to contact Colbrese or Amsel were unsuccessful.
On Sept. 6, Lake Chelan School District board members declared Amsel eligible to play football starting Sept. 28. He practiced with the team from Sept. 10 until now and will start tonight's game at Omak, according to head Coach Darren Talley.

"Everybody was anticipating that he would hopefully be here and finally he is here," Talley said. "When I saw (Michael) after school (Wednesday) he had a big smile on his face."
Amsel was a standout track and basketball athlete in 2011 but missed playing those sports this spring while he was in California.

The football season has just three regular-season games left

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