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Golf and Cross Country Series to Include Sectionals

IHSALogoThe Illinois High School Association (IHSA) Board of Directors announced on Wednesday, September 23, 2020, they voted to expand the IHSA State Series in two fall sports.  The Board added a second round of postseason play in Boys and Girls Golf and Boys and Girls Cross Country.  There will be no additional fee to compete in the Sectional round.  The vote took place during a special meeting to specifically address Sectionals for the two sports.

IHSA Allows Return to Play for All Sports

RefereeWhistleThe current COVID-19 pandemic has become the point of focus and concern for all educational institutions.  The IHSA has been monitoring and providing constant guidelines for allowing sport activities to continue within IDPH guidelines.  IHSA Board of Directors approved Phase 3 Guidelines on June 5, 2020, followed by an adjusted Phase 4 Guidelines on July 3, 2020.

The most recent adjustment allows participation of all sports activities, within a revised season calendar, that allows all previous sports to be completed within an expanded school year calendar.

The following press release best explains the intentions of the IHSA toward the 2020-2021 school sports schedules.

Mustang Golfers Drop Dual Meet

golfballThe weather was favorable, but the golf scores fell short for Morrison, as the Riverdale Rams corralled the Mustangs on their home golf course, at Byron Hills Country Club, on Tuesday, September 15, 2020.  Varsity medalist, Hayden Musser, topped all golfers with a score of 38.  Nathan Helms led all Morrison golfers with a 42, followed by Mason Dykstra (47), Danny Mouw (48), and Isaac Melton (50).

Junior Varsity and Fillies played the Byron Hills course without any team competitors from Riverdale and scored as follows:  Dayton Young (57), Cooper Bush (53), Chase Newman (61), Adam Tichler (64), Tyson Smith (56), Caden Bielema (70), Faith Green (69), Gigi Connelly (67), Anna Rinker (69), and Campbell Buikema (70).

IESA Alters Sports Schedules

Jerry Lindsey wrote this article.

ILElementarySchoolAsssocLogoThe Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) held its fall board meeting in a zoom format.  Members announced several changes to the Alternative Plan for the Return to Play activities, established in July 2020.

Following the announcement of his spring 2021 retirement, Executive Director Steve Endsleys presented the dates for regional play in Boys Basketball (7th grade:  February 20 and 22 through 26); 8th grade:  February 27 and March 1 through 5); Girls Volleyball (7th grade:  March 6, and 8 through 10); (8th grade:  March 12, 13, 15, 16); Wrestling:  March 6.

Competitive Cheerleading was postponed, with the possibility to be rescheduled at a later date.

Local Girl Monica Wright Succeeds as Coach

MonicaWrightMonica Wright, star pitcher for the Morrison Fillies from 2001 to 2005, was recently hired as Softball Pitching Coach for University of Northern Illinois, in DeKalb, IL.  She played for them in 2006 before transferring to the University of Indiana, where she won 30 games over three seasons.

After being graduated from college, Wright had stints as the Pitching Coach at Elon University in Elon, NC; Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio; Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, IN.

Who says you can't go home again?  Congratulations and good luck on your new job at UNI!

Mustangs Fall in Triangular

GolfBallTeeA perfect weather day wasn't enough for the Morrison Mustang golfers as they dropped a triangular meet on their home course at Deer Valley Golf Club, Deer Grove, IL.  Mason Dyksta, who was the only Mustang to break the 50 barrier with a 47, was followed by Nate Helms (51), Cooper Bush (52), and Danny Mouw (54) for a total of 207.  All team members from Rockridge and Princeton scored under 50, to position Rockridge in first (171) and Princeton in second place with a score of 178.  Dan O'Neill of Rockridge earned the Medalist honor with a score of 39.

The Princeton Junior Varsity (179) topped the Mustangs (212) and Rockridge (212.)  Princeton's Jaden Eggers earned the Medalist honor with a score of 42.  Morrison was led by Beau Brackemyer (48); Isaac Melton(50); Adam Tichler (54); Chase Newman (56) to earn second place with a score of 212.

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