WIAA decision leaves 3 GNC teams scrambling

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WIAA decision leaves 3 GNC teams scrambling

Postby Up Football Fan » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:30 pm

The WIAA on July 23rd decided to delay the start of all fall sports. For Football, schools cannot begin practice until Monday Sept. 7th (which just happens to be Labor Day).

The first games in Wisconsin can be on Wednesday Sept 23rd (only for those schools that begin practice on Sept. 7th).

There has been no press release on how the schedules would be conducted for the Wisconsin schools. Everything is up in the air (no surprise coming from the mixed up WIAA).

This decision leaves 3 Great Northern Conference U.P. schools scrambling now: Escanaba, Kingsford and Menominee.

Escanaba is scheduled to play Antigo (WI) week 1 (Aug 28th) and Kewaunee (WI) week 7 (Oct. 9th).
Kingsford is scheduled to play Shawano (WI) week 3 (Sept. 11th); Luxemburg-Casco (WI) week 6 (Oct. 2nd); and Wrightstown (WI) week 7 (Oct. 9th).
Menominee is hardest hit. They have these 5 Wisconsin schools on their schedule (below):
week 1: Medford (Aug. 28th)
week 2: Marinette (Sept. 4th)
week 4: Freedom (Sept. 18th)
week 5: Denmark (Sept. 25th)
week 8: Little Chute (Oct. 16).

One might think that these 3 schools could possible play each other twice this season (if they both have a game scheduled against a WI school).

The only other choice for them is to try to find a lower Michigan school willing to play them (perhaps at a neutral site).
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Re: WIAA decision leaves 3 GNC teams scrambling

Postby Up Football Fan » Thu Jul 23, 2020 7:46 pm

With the WIAA screwing the U.P. schools, here are some of the possible matchups for those U.P. school affected by the WIAA decision.

Week 1: Escanaba at Menominee (non-conference)....these 2 schools are scheduled to play week 6
Week 2: Menominee vs Lansing Catholic (at neutral size)
Week 3: Kingsford vs Wyoming Kelloggsville (at neutral size)
Week 4: Menominee...........no good choices since the other Michigan schools with open dates are all near Detroit
Week 5: Menominee vs Comstock Park (at neutral size)
Week 6: Kingsford at Marquette (non-conference)....these 2 are scheduled to play in week 4.
Week 7: Escanaba at Kingsford (non-conference)....these 2 are scheduled to play week 5.
Week 8: Menominee vs Lapeer (at neutral site).
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Re: WIAA decision leaves 3 GNC teams scrambling

Postby Hambone » Fri Jul 24, 2020 9:58 am

No body screwed anyone, the WIAA and the schools have all had to make extremely difficult decisions because of the COVID pandemic. If the pandemic doesn't get under control you won't have to worry about it because NO ONE will be playing football this fall. The conference that scheduled Menominee and Kingsford did them a huge favor by even putting them on their schedules in the first place. If anyone screwed the GNC schools its the West PAC who closed their conference schedule because they are too chicken$hit to play the GNC schools. Trust me when I say right now Wisconsin schools with everything going on will be really happy if they get a six game season and a three week playoff this fall rather than moving football to the spring.
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Re: WIAA decision leaves 3 GNC teams scrambling

Postby longball » Sun Jul 26, 2020 6:37 am

Spot on Hambone UP Football Man has the wrong initials for pathetic organizations, he should refer to Westpac & MHSAA as pathetic.
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Re: WIAA decision leaves 3 GNC teams scrambling

Postby Kinsers » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:17 am

With the way positive cases have been increasing, the whole season is in jeopardy. I'm sort of surprised MSHAA hasn't pushed back the start date as well. It's just super unfortunate for all the athletes.
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Re: WIAA decision leaves 3 GNC teams scrambling

Postby amped0808 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 1:59 pm

WIAA didn't screw anybody. There were several ways the situation could've been dealt with and all of them would've had people howling. This also comes on the heels of the long-awaited state realignment that was going into effect this year as well.

I am happy the WIAA did something to address the situation at hand. It was getting too close to the intended start of practices for football in an environment that wasn't that conductive for football. With nearly (except Minnesota) all the states surrounding WI announcing that they are starting on time.

With the altered start, it will be interesting how the season will be constructed. I think the best bet is an all conference season (as much as it pains me there was some very good NC matchups) with some sort of playoffs (Can't see the playoff field being reduced but it's going to be risky for a full field). The big question will the schools in the urban areas be allowed to play as the Big 8 has canned conference play for fall sports.
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