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UW-La Crosse set to resume sports

Rick Solem

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The college season for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is finally set to begin.

The Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (WIAC) Council of Chancellors voted Friday to resume winter sports competition in February contingent upon the securing COVID-19 testing.

The plan requires all WIAC institutions to secure testing for student-athletes, support staff and game officials in order to provide safe competition environments — which could continuously need adjusting.

Beginning play will be Men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, men’s and women’s hockey, men’s and women’s indoor track & field, men’s and women’s swimming & diving.

“WIAC leadership, athletic directors, coaches and Chancellors throughout the conference are committed to safety and the preservation of student-athletes’ experiences,” UW-Oshkosh Chancellor and Council of Chancellors President Andy Leavitt said. “We have more work to do. However, I appreciate the collaborative spirit and the determination we share as we move toward the launch of a winter sports season.”

Teams will play a WIAC-only schedule, beginning Feb. 1.

All contests will be conducted in accordance with NCAA Division III regulations, as well as institutional, state and local health and safety guidelines.

Host of WIZM's La Crosse Talk PM | University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate | Hometown: Greenville, Wis | Avid noonball basketball player and sand volleyballer in La Crosse

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