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Superior moves football & volleyball to spring, all other sports to continue in fall

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SUPERIOR, WI-- With the WIAA giving schools the option to conduct their fall schedule as normal or move play to the spring.

Superior felt it was too much of a risk for certain sports.

"We just don't feel it's safe for other teams to come to our county and for us to go to different places. At the time our rates we're going up, so we were looking at that. Now, there are rates of other counties going up. And we're just looking out for the best not only our district but our community," said athletic director Ella Olson.

The school announced Thursday that football and volleyball will be moved to the spring. While every other fall sport, will continue as normal.

"How can we get them together in a safe way but not put them at risk because of their sport. So when we had the option to move sports, we really took a look at that," added Olson.

Superior football head coach Bob DeMeyer says it's been tough at times but he's just glad that his players have a chance to play.

"We've overcome every challenge thus far and we're going to keep doing that. We might have to shovel our field off in march just to play some games. We have to work with other spring coaches. I love where our leadership is at and they're giving our kids an opportunity to play games," said DeMeyer.

As for the volleyball team, they were impacted by the MSHSL's decision resulting in the change.

"With volleyball that's our main competition so they're playing in the spring, so we'll be able to align pretty well with that," added Olson.

For the football squad, scheduling hasn't been as easy as most of the members of the big rivers conference have plans to play in the fall.

Meaning Superior may have to look over the border for competition.

"We're very optimistic that we'll have a schedule in the spring. We're allowed seven competitive weeks. I feel that we have a very good opportunity to fill those. Maybe potentially we'll rekindle one of those friendly rivalries across the bridge. We haven't played those teams in a long time and it would be fun to do that," said DeMeyer.

Above all else, the school knows it won't get easier from here. But the main objective is to provide a special experience for all student athletes.

"We just kind of have to roll with the punches and be grateful for what we have and know that sports are a big part of our lives and we can't take them for granted anymore because they can get taken away," added Olson.

Neil Vierzba

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