Sanguinetti meets with CHS parents

Published 12:02 am Saturday, July 25, 2015

NATCHEZ — With talks swirling around the potential action to be taken against the Mississippi High School Athletics Association by the Diocese of Jackson concerning eligibility of out-of-state students, Cathedral High School chief administrator Pat Sanguinetti believed it was paramount to keep parents informed.

The MHSAA recently voted to uphold a rule banning all out-of-state residents from participating in any high school sports in Mississippi.

Sanguinetti met with parents Friday afternoon to explain the situation the school was facing and the next steps that could be taken.

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“We just wanted to inform the parents where we are at,” Sanguinetti said. “I wanted to let them know what is going on. I’ve had too many calls, text messages and emails about not keeping them informed. There is an option of filing an injunction and the other option is going to MAIS.”

Sanguinetti said in a recent meeting with the MHSAA, filing an injunction was brought up.

“We told them in the meeting we can file an injunction, and they just shook their heads and said we know you can,” Sanguinetti said.

For Brent Smith, who has two daughters attending Cathedral, the meeting was a step in the right direction.

“We definitely need to know what is going on,” Smith said. “We are a family at Cathedral. People know what I’m going through with my kids and they’ve been supportive, and I wouldn’t expect anything different from Cathedral.”

Sanguinetti also believed the meeting went well.

“It was a very productive meeting for people to find out what we are going up against,” he said. “There were also some wonderful questions that came out of it. The bottom line is, the consensus of the group is to do what we can to make it work and remain in MHSAA for at least a year. It isn’t fair to our people and it isn’t fair after being a member for all these years.”