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Local reaction to WIAA fall sports plan

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WKOW (MADISON)-- The Madison Edgewood football team took the field for the past two weeks unsure of what the season would look like but continuing to work to get better every day. They held five contact days during that time period.

On Thursday morning, they found out with the rest of the WIAA that the Board of Control made a decision on fall sports.

For football, they have the option to start the fall season Sept. 7.

"It's a really, really good decision I think," Madison Edgewood Head Coach Jesse Norris said. "I think they took what was in the best interest for our kids. I think that was a big deal.

"I think it just gives us a boost of confidence that we're finally being supported," Madison Edgewood Lineman Charlie Clark said.

Although, the final decision is now up to local school districts.

"The one kicker that I don't want to say we're 100 percent in the clear at least in our area just because obviously the Big Eight movement, and there's a couple of other superintendents in conferences that have voiced their support to move everything to the spring."

Black Hawk District Administrator William Chambers voted against this plan, in favor of moving fall sports to the spring. Following the decision, Chamber said he supports this decision based on the flexibility.

"Having fall back plans, and if something falls through there's still opportunities for them, I think that's the key thing," Chambers said. "Anything that would've just said it's cut or dry would've been a little bit harder to stand behind. But, I believe strongly this is a pretty good plan to stand behind."

There is still a lot up in the air including if the state tournaments will happen. At the end of the day, the WIAA wants to provide the opportunity to play.

"You know I don't get a small stipend paycheck and spend 40 hours a week with these kids for the sole reason to win championships," Norris said in agreement. "It's to build character and whatever it is we need to do for these kids."

There are still a lot of questions to be answered before kick-off.

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Karley Marotta

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