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Online school withdraws from Minn. hockey tourney

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VADNAIS HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) -- A private online school has withdrawn from the Minnesota high school girls' hockey tournament after questions were raised about some players' eligibility.

Achiever Academy pulled its team out of Thursday night's section championship game.

The Vadnais Heights-based school, which offers intensified hockey training, and the Minnesota State High School League issued a joint statement after meeting for much of the week to try and resolve the concerns.

The statement says Achiever, at the league's request, reviewed the eligibility of students identified as having violated transfer eligibility rules.

The Star Tribune (http://strib.mn/1eY8eRd ) reports the statement came out just hours before Achiever, the top seed in Section 4 of Class 1A, was scheduled to play St. Paul United.

Achiever's withdrawal means United will advance to the girls' hockey state tournament next week.

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