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WIAA also rules Jordan Kitna ineligible for varsity sports for remainder of season

Post by Todd Milles / The News Tribune on Sep. 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm with 5 Comments »
September 19, 2012 8:15 pm

To better understand how life can be unfair – even when prepared for otherwise – Lincoln High football coach Jon Kitna spoke of a Bible passage than he shared with his son, Jordan.

It comes from the book of Proverbs.

“To man belong the plans of the heart, but from the Lord comes the reply of the tongue.”

Jordan Kitna, a ninth grader for the Abes who prepared all spring and summer to be the starting quarterback for the varsity, will not get that chance this season.

Last Thursday, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association announced its decision to uphold the West Central District eligibility committee’s Aug. 22 ruling that Kitna not be granted a transfer waiver to play varsity athletics at Lincoln for 2012-13.

Instead this season, the teenager will have to play for the junior varsity or ninth-grade team in any sport.

“He (Jordan) has handled it well because he likes this freshman class that he is with, and they get to stay together … but it has been hard on him,” Jon Kitna said after practice Wednesday. “He was over here with me every single day from February through May working out, making the sacrifice to come over here.”

All summer, Jordan Kitna worked with the first-string offense at quarterback. He was in that role, too, just days leading up to the team’s season-opening game against Bonney Lake on Sept. 1.

After the WCD committee’s ruling, Kitna was ruled ineligible for varsity, and J’Maka Love – who had been playing receiver all summer – was installed as the new quarterback.

Love has helped the Abes to a 3-0 start.

The Kitnas appealed the WCD’s decision, and met with the WIAA on Sept. 6. A week later, WIAA officials contacted Lincoln athletic director Mike Merrill with their decision.

Needless to say, the setting was a bit surreal at the end of practice Wednesday. As the varsity offense was going through its final few plays of scout-team work, the freshman team – including Jordan – stood in a circle at the sound end of Lincoln Bowl, getting ready for an early-evening game against Wilson High School.

“To have that happen to him … it is unfortunate,” Jon Kitna said. “Like I told him, it is a great learning process, because in life, you can do everything you are supposed to do and still not get the results you should get. The sooner you learn that in life, the better.

“For whatever reason, God didn’t want him playing (varsity) right now.”

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  1. olwollum says:

    Really, Jon? You’re putting this on God’s shoulders? You think God meddles in issues like whether your son should play varsity football? How about taking some personal responsibility for the situation? You broke the rules and got caught. Frankly, if you’re going to invoke God in everything, including eligibility decisions of the WIAA, I wonder if you’re fit to coach in a public high school. Do you invoke God when telling your students how to do math problems too? Do you tell students when they fail your tests, “For whatever reason, God didn’t want you to pass this test today?” You’re a little bit scary to me, Jon Kitna. And so are the administrators at Lincoln High School for hiring you and allowing you to stay.

  2. mommabear1984 says:

    I know the Kitnas are disappointed by Jordan being ruled ineligible to play varsity sports. But he is not the first student-athlete transfer in WCD III to be affected by this rule. Perhaps the athletic director should have explained the non-district transfer rules better to them in the spring when Jordan first started trying out with the team.

  3. mojjonation says:

    Jon may bring god up in any conversation, but it is better than going off on some cock-eyed rant about it. Or better yet, blaming the system or administrators for fault. And what did he get caught at? Jordan tried to play, he was turned down, and they moved on. Sounds as if someone has a bit of an axe to grind because they didn’t get what they wanted out of life.

  4. bigdawg1 says:

    Why even appeal? There’s no hardship here at all, just a kid wanting to play varsity sports at a school, not in his home district. It was a no brainer that the WCD and WIAA turned this down.

  5. narrowsview says:

    Really, odwolla? You sound bitter. Jon is a great role model, and while Curtis misses the chance to have Jordan play for them, no one here is belittling their decision for him to transfer and try to make the most of it.

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