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MSHSL sets winter date, votes down state for fall

BROOKLYN CENTER — The Minnesota State High School League’s board established the framework for the upcoming winter sports seasons, in addition to clarifying issues centered around current fall postseasons during Thursday’s regularly-scheduled meeting.

The MSHSL board members voted down — by a narrow 10-8 margin — holding post-section tournaments for all fall activities. The fall sports seasons will officially end with the upcoming team championships later this month.

The league did approve adding a seventh runner to cross country teams for the upcoming sectional meets. The board reduced the number to six during its previous meeting.

The MSHSL also approved a maximized winter sports season, with a 30 percent reduction in contests and a maximum of two events per week. The last two weeks of the regular season will allow three contests for rescheduling due to COVID-19 issues.

Under the current guidelines set by the Minnesota Department of Health and Education, no spectators will be allowed at indoor events in school facilities, with a limit of 250 fans at outdoor facilities.

The first practice dates for winter sports will be: Nov. 9 — dance, Nov. 23 — boys hockey and boys basketball, Nov. 30 — wrestling and girls hockey, and Dec. 7 — girls basketball and gymnastics.

The next MSHSL board meeting will be held Dec. 3, with the league scheduled to discuss winter postseasons.

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