Dane County’s restrictions put in place during the COVID-19 means state tournaments in girls’ tennis, girls’ golf and girls’ swimming will not be held this fall at any UW-Madison facility according to a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) news release.
Title matches for girls’ golf were set for University Ridge Oct. 12-13, girls’ individual and state tennis matches were to be played Oct. 15-17 at Nielsen Tennis Stadium and the girls’ state swimming championship would have been Nov. 13-14 at UW’s new Nicholas Recreation Center, which would replace the campus’ Natatorium.
The WIAA’s executive staff is investigating alternate locations for these three State events. The WIAA Board of Control will make decisions on where these tournaments will be held, provided the virus does not lead to any cancellations.
“Since July, we’ve been talking with the Board of Control, our members and UW Athletic Department personnel, and we understand our need to take a new and different approach to this year’s events,” WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson said. “Through our great relationship with the UW, we share the hope and look forward to more normal times.”
“We regret, given the situation here in Dane County related to COVID-19, it will not be feasible to host the WIAA State Tournaments this fall,” said John Horn, chief of staff to the vice chancellor for finance and administration at UW. “We look forward to when the conditions of the pandemic improve and Dane County and campus policies change to allow larger, non-essential events. The WIAA events benefit not just our campus and greater Madison, but the entire state. Most importantly, they are once-in-a-lifetime experiences for student-athletes and their families.”
In July, the Board of Control approved a reduced, 11-week fall football season with no state title games, which are normally held at Camp Randall Stadium.
Monona Grove High School of the Badger Conference and McFarland High School of Rock Valley Conference are not playing high-contact fall sports including football, volleyball and boys’ soccer this season after both conferences expressed concerns about spreading the potentially fatal virus. It is hoped those sports will be able to play in the spring 2021 with traditional spring sports — baseball, boys’ golf, boys’ tennis, girls’ soccer, and boys’ and girls’ track and field — moved to mid-May.