There has been no official vote yet, but wrestling fans may want to prepare for the possibility of a very different looking traditional state tournament.
The Iowa High School Athletic Association sent out an announcement Tuesday stating that due to COVID-19-related safety and capacity considerations, the IHSAA’s board of control will vote on the schedule and format of the state traditional tournament and the state dual team tournament during its meeting on Jan. 21.
It also said that no official changes had been made yet and any conflicting information should be considered unofficial.
That set off the alerts that someone had leaked something prematurely, so I did a quick scan of social media and found information that appeared to be put out by the Iowa High School Sports Network that said all Class 1A competition would be on Feb. 17, Class 2A competition on Feb. 18 and Class 3A on Feb. 19.
I asked around about it and one source said coaches and officials have known about this for about a month. So it seems some change is likely, but stay tuned next week. We’ll fill you in on the details once they become official.
In other pandemic related news, the Iowa Department of Education has modified its rules and decided all students are eligible for the winter sports seasons, including those who were serving 30-day suspensions for failed grades. This provision also covers areas like music and speech.
The department of education’slanguage on the subject was quoted in releases by the IHSAA and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union: “The governor’s office and the department believe the best public policy is to interpret the proclamation language to give every student athlete an academic fresh start. This is due to the difficulties some districts have faced in implementing remote learning and the large scale need of keeping student athletes connected to education,” it said.
Congratulations to Unity Christian High School senior Janie Schoonhoven, who became the Knights’ all-time leading scorer in girls basketball while scoring 14 points against Boyden-Hull on Tuesday. Schoonhoven has 1,352 points, four more than the prior record which was set by Kendra De Jong 2005-09.
During the same game, her sister Gracie Schoonhoven, a sophomore, tied the single-game school record for steals with 12. That matched the mark set by Angie Davelaar during the 1994-95 season.
While I’m fully aware that there was a blizzard going on Thursday and Friday that canceled all area sporting events and we’re still just short of a month from Major League Baseball pitchers and catchers reporting, there are some reasons for local baseball fans to start getting excited.
Total Baseball Development will have some events going on during the Winter Games Jan. 29-30 at the Iowa Great Lakes, and two of them are free.
One is a virtual meet and greet on Friday, Jan, 29, in which a new Iowa Great Lakes American Legion team will be discussed. The meeting will be at the Milford American Legion Post 384 and will start at 7:30 p.m. Interested parties can tune in on the Total Baseball Development Facebook page to learn about the upcoming season.
On Saturday, Jan. 30, TBD is hosting a “Hot Stove Baseball Round Table” at the Pearson Lakes Art Center. The event is free and no registration is needed, but attendance will be limited to 60 visitors due to COVID-19 concerns. Masks are encouraged and social distancing will be practiced. The 11 a.m. event will feature four main speakers.
Bill Krejci is the baseball coach and athletic director at Southwestern Community College. He has been traveling the world with Team USA for international competitions since 1996 and has coached notable players such as Joe Mauer, J.J. Hardy, Freddie Freeman, Manny Machado and Bryce Harper.
Zach Graesfer is a St. Louis native who has been traveling the world for Major League Baseball for more than a decade doing coaching clinics, showcases and bringing world all-star teams to America for barnstorming tours.
Brandon Edmonds, the owner of Spencer Sports Cards and Comics, will be on hand to discus memorabilia and collectibles.
Meghan Flynn of Hartley will be displaying and discussing an extensive collection of personally created pieces of fine art, highlighted by “My Life and Baseball.” As a lifelong collector of baseball cards, this portfolio was created in 2013 and is a collection of actual baseball card sized pieces hand painted art that includes a 1963 Sandy Koufax, a 1964 Roger Maris, and a 1965 Harmon Killebrew.
TBD also will host an outdoor Wiffle ball tournament with divisions for players in second grade through 12th grade starting at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in Arnolds Park. There is a cost for that event.
For more information, visit the Total Baseball Development website.