Six Rivers cancels spring sports

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Summer competition still a possibility

By Ted Pennekamp

 

On April 21, the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Board of Control voted to cancel spring sports competitions and spring sports tournament series due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the governor’s orders to close all public and private K-12 schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year.

The WIAA Board of Control did, however, approve the expansion of out-of-school coach contact for spring sports athletes from five days during the summer to 30 days.

This allows the spring sports teams the option to have practices and/or competitions during the summer months if they choose.

In order to get the expanded 30 days, teams must include this year’s seniors, otherwise contact will remain at five days during the summer months.

If the coronavirus numbers begin to decline and time allows, there could be high school baseball games, softball games, track meets, soccer matches, and golf matches held in July.

The 30 days of coach contact can’t begin until state and local guidelines allow, which is currently July 1, at the earliest.

“With it still being nine weeks away from July 1, and so many other events taking precedence in the meantime (graduation, prom, etc.), we are going to wait a little while longer before committing to anything for our spring programs,” said Wauzeka-Steuben Athletic Director Mitchell Cernek. “We’ve discussed a few options amongst our coaching staff, but have not made any plans yet. Most likely, we will revisit in a few weeks, maybe by the end of May.”

Prairie du Chien Assistant Athletic Director and Southwest Wisconsin Conference Commissioner Sara Godfrey said the SWC will make a decision by June 1 if there will be practices and competitions or not.

“At this time, we have not decided what we will be doing,” said Seneca Athletic Director and Softball Co-Coach Erika Clark.

As for River Ridge, the Six Rivers Conference superintendents met April 28 via Zoom and voted unanimously to approve cancellation of Six Rivers Conference spring sports seasons including no conference spring sports during summer contact days allowed by the WIAA.

This action does not prevent individual schools from participating in summer contact days as they choose, said Jim Siedenburg, secretary-treasurer of the Six Rivers Conference.

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