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The final days of September, the IHSA was in court over its decision to move high school football to the spring, being challenged they did not have the authority to make such a decision.


The court ruled in favor of the IHSA and so a shift of a small number of fall sports being moved to the fall will stand. Monticello Athletic Director Dan Sheehan was able to participate and sit-in on those hearings and called the proceedings a misunderstanding. He explains what the hearings were about.....



According to Sheehan, a decision to reverse the IHSA decision would have meant a much shorter football, volleyball, and soccer season, if they were able to pull off a season so late in the sports calendar - almost eliminating any chance of giving high school kids a chance to play football at all this year.



For Sheehan, a lot of people misunderstood what was going on in that case and points out "medium risk sports" cannot be played right now. He says the focus needs to be on the Illinois Department of Public Health and getting guidance on what it will take to get those medium risk sports unlocked to play.


Winter sports practices are scheduled to begin on November 19 and Sheehan indicates they are going to allow basketball and non-contact wrestling practices to begin at that time. 

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