Seasons Change for Fall Athletes, Coaches

AURORA – Waubonsie Valley fall athletics did not know what to expect before the Illinois High School Association’s announcement on Wednesday afternoon. They were preparing for the worst, that the entire fall season would be canceled. However, the IHSA announced that it was creating four sports seasons, instead of its traditional three. The IHSA, as part of its decision, is shifting football, boys soccer and girls volleyball from the fall season to the spring season.

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Football was scheduled to open on August 28 against Oswego East, but that contest will most likely be played in March now.

“I’m thankful for the IHSA’s work and guidance on the modified schedule to keep everyone healthy and safe,” said head football coach Tom Baumgartner. “I’m glad all sports have a chance to compete. I think that’s the number one thing. It just comes down to keeping everybody healthy and safe, and this plan is set up to do that.”

“We’ve had a great summer camp, and we’re excited, and we’ll be ready for the spring.”

Waubonsie Valley boys soccer was scheduled to open its season on August 25 against Benet Academy. “It’s not ideal but at least we will get a season in,” said head coach Jose Garcia. “There will need to be adjustments, but we will take them in strides. You have to find the silver lining in these unprecedented times.”

Warrior girls volleyball was anticipating an August 26 opener, but they will now have to wait until the spring season.

“The IHSA very easily could have cancelled our season altogether—but they didn’t,” said head coach Kari Galen. “We still have our season, and for that we have to be grateful. Behind the scenes, we have a lot of work ahead of us to determine how we are able to use contact days, how this will balance with club, and how our new spring schedule will look. Our coaching staff remains committed to making the best of this situation, staying in contact with our players and their families, and moving forward to make this experience a positive one.”

Girls volleyball head coach Kari Galen addresses her team during the IHSA Sectional semifinals in 2019. (photo credit / WVTV)

Fall sports like girls tennis, girls swimming and diving, golf and cross country will be staying put on the calendar. Boys golf begins their season on August 13 at Bristol’s Blackberry Oaks.

“With all the uncertainty that we have been dealing with since March, I was under the impression there was a slim chance that sports would be competing in the fall,” said boys golf coach Eric Flodberg. “Thankfully, the IHSA and medical experts believe we can participate in a safe manner although the season will look differently compared to previous years.”

“I hope the sports that are participating in the fall compete successfully without increasing the numbers of Covid, so other sports have a chance at participating as well.”

The fall sports season will run from August 10 to October 24, while the spring season will run from February 13 to May 1.