The WIAA (Washington Interscholastic Activities Association) has released more information on high school sports for the 2020-2021 school year. At it’s Tuesday, July 28th meeting, the WIAA Executive Board continued its planning for the upcoming school year and took action on a number of items regarding the scheduling of sports and activities. This includes seven-week competition schedule, February 17th as the date for football practices to begin, and girls’ swimming and diving being moved from season 1 to season 3.
The WIAA Executive Board took action on Tuesday to modify the 2020-21 WIAA sports season calendar in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The changes will create four WIAA-sanctioned seasons and will also move moderate- and high-risk team sports, originally scheduled for the fall season, to the WIAA Season 3.
The fall sports of cross country, slowpitch softball, as well as alternative seasons for golf and tennis, have been determined to consist of WIAA Season 1 and will each begin practices the week of September 7, a date determined by the Executive Board at a previous meeting. The viability of girls’ swim and dive taking place in WIAA Season 1 is dependent on more information from the Department of Health.
Updated News Release from the WIAA:
The WIAA Executive Board took action on July 7th, 2020 to push back the start date for fall sports. The action was taken in an attempt to relieve pressure on member schools as they prepare for the opening of schools to in-person and/or online learning. The current dates to commence fall sports practices are September 5th for football and September 7th for all other sports. These starting dates (Saturday and Monday of Labor Day weekend) allow for contests to begin as early as September 18th.
On July 21st, the Executive Board will review other options for fall sports should further delays become necessary, with an announcement to be made on July 22nd. In the interim, a planning committee made up of Executive Board members, WIAA staff, and representatives from WIAA member schools will review possible options and make recommendations.
The Executive Board recognizes this recent action creates many questions, and it will work to provide answers on July 22nd. In the interim, we suggest schools avoid any rescheduling of games in Arbiter until a decision is made on how the delayed start impacts the fall season.
All four of Shelton’s wrestlers who competed in Mat Classic XXXII took home trophies at the Class 3A State Wrestling Tournament Saturday.
Cameron MacAlevy placed 3rd at 126 pounds. MacAlevy lost to Yelm’s Gage Nelson in the semi-finals Saturday. The decision was 1 to 0. The Highclimber then beat Ryan Brown from Bethel 5 to 2 in the Consolation Bracket Semi before taking 3rd by injury default over Everett’s Fernie Vasquez.
Robert Allred took 3rd at 145 pounds. Allred advanced through the consolation bracket winning three bouts Saturday. First the ‘Climber pinned Lehman Tucker from Spanaway Lake; then pinned Edmonds-Woodway’s Howie Hare; before beating Eli Osso from Yelm by a 15 to 1 major decision.
Beau Ward finished 7th at 138 pounds. Saturday, Ward lost to Mt. Spokane’s Biley Buth and beat Jermain Broussard from Spanaway Lake.
On the girls’ side, Jazlind Warren finished 8th at 170 pounds after dropping her two consolation bracket bouts Saturday. The Lady-Highclimber lost to Lourdes Torres from Sunnyside and Liberty Spangle’s Charlie Johnson.
After the first day of Mat Classic XXXII, Shelton has all four particpants still battling for trophies among Class 3A wrestlers (with one in the semi-finals) while North Mason’s two wrestlers were eliminated from the Class 2A competition.
The Highclimbers’ Cameron MacAlevy is in the semi-finals at 126 pounds after pinning Ben Boss from Eastside Catholic in the first round and taking a 11-3 major decision over Ousman Fatty from Edmonds-Woodway. MacAlevy takes on Yelm’s Gage Nelson in the semis.
The Mary M. Knight boys’ basketball team is still alive in the Class 1B District 4 Tournament after the Owls beat Three Rivers Christian Thursday night 52 to 35 eliminating the Eagles from the Tourney. The boys from Matlock pulled away from TRCH in the second half, turning a one-point halftime lead into a six-point lead after three quarters and outscoring Three Rivers in the fourth 17 to 6. MMK has a rematch with Naselle Saturday for 2nd place in the District and a shot at Regionals. That game will be played at Montesano High School. Tip is 5 PM.
The Mary M. Knight girls’ basketball team takes on Columbia Adventist Saturday for 3rd place in the District and a spot in the Regional Round of the State Tournament. The game between the Lady Owls and the Lady Kodiaks tips off at 6:30 PM also at Montesano High School Saturday.
[LIVE VIDEO] Watch the Mary M. Knight basketball teams play Naselle in the 2020 Class 1B District 4 Tournament. The boys’ game tips off at 2 PM. The ladies will follow around 3:30 PM. Dedrick Allan will start the Our Community Credit Union Pregame Show at 1:50 PM.
The MMK boys are 10-and-10 on the season while the Naselle boys have a 15-and-5 record. The Lady Owls’ record is 8-and-10. The Lady Comets are 10-and-8.
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