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Verona releases update on fall sports

Verona releases update on fall sports

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Sun Prairie vs Verona sectional semifinal

Verona's Anna Bohrer (10) and Rachel Witthuhn (15) defend a shot by Sun Prairie during the first set of Sun Prairie's 3-1 WIAA Division 1 girls volleyball sectional semifinal win over Verona at Verona Area High School in Verona, Wis. Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019. JOHN HART, STATE JOURNAL

The Verona High School athletic department released a sports update Tuesday after the Verona board of education met Monday and voted 4-2 to start the 2020-21 school year with a virtual education model for grades 3-12 and an in-person, half-day model for K-2.

The next board of education meeting is Monday (Aug. 3).

According to the Verona high school athletic department’s release, the board is scheduled to consider the option presented at last Thursday’s WIAA Board of Control meeting that would permit moving fall sports to the spring for schools that aren’t allowed to participate in the fall and in Verona’s case “because of the current highly restrictive Public Health Madison and Dane County sports guidelines that Dane County schools must abide" during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. 

The WIAA Board of Control is scheduled to meet Aug. 14 and “we hope to have more information on what alternative fall season opportunities will look like following this meeting,” according to the release. “Verona Area High School will look to provide whatever opportunities are available based on WIAA guidance for fall sports, ensuring that they are reflective of our schooling model and public health guidance.”

The Big Eight Conference athletic directors have a meeting scheduled Aug. 17. 

The Big Eight athletic directors last week voted that conference sports competitions won't be held and conference champions won't be crowned in the fall.

Madison East, Madison La Follette, Madison Memorial, Madison West, Sun Prairie, Middleton and Verona are Big Eight schools all in Dane County that have decided to begin the school year with online learning. They all are looking at the potential spring option for fall sports.

The Madison school district has a district-wide meeting scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Wednesday and at that time will make its official announcement on fall athletics. 

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Jon Masson covers high school sports for the Wisconsin State Journal. He has covered a variety of sports — including the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin men's and women's basketball and volleyball — since he first came to the State Journal in 1999.

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The door was left open for potential spring options for schools and conferences, such as several schools in the Big Eight, that likely cannot play in the fall. Meanwhile, girls golf, girls tennis, girls swimming and diving and boys and girls cross country will begin practices Aug. 17; football, boys soccer and girls and boys volleyball Sept. 7. 

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