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IESA members to learn fate of fall sports

IESA schools will learn no later than July 24 if they will be able to participate in extra-curricular actives this fall.

The IESA Board of Directors met July 15 via a Zoom conference call to discuss the possibility/practicality of holding IESA activities in the 2020-21 school year and specifically the fall activities of golf, softball, baseball, cross-country and girls basketball. Also included on the call was the executive director of the IHSA, Craig Anderson.

The IESA said it has sent several emails to the governor’s office and Illinois Department of Public Health seeking guidance regarding interscholastic activity participation and health and safety requirements. It said the answers it receives from these agencies will have a significant impact on the type of activity and/or format of the activity that it will able to offer during this school year.

To date, the IESA said it has not received answers to its inquiries.

“Our goal is to return to play but as an education-based organization, we must always take into account the health, safety and well-being of students,” said Steve Endsley, IESA executive director. “Because of the ever-changing landscape, the IESA Board simply felt that until we receive answers, it would not be prudent at this time to make a decision to cancel fall activities knowing that a decision like that is devastating to the very students and schools IESA serves.”

Nowakowski signs with IVCC

St. Bede Academy graduate Ellyn Nowakowski recently signed a Letter of Intent to play softball at IVCC.

While she did not get her senior season in, Nowakowski took part in the Lady Bruins’ third place finish at state last year.

Hab to the Hall

Longtime LaSalle-Peru coach Mark Haberkorn was recently inducted into the Illinois High School Volleyball Coaches Hall of Fame.

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