What’s next for high school sports as Illinois Region 6 moves to Tier 1 mitigations?

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REGION 6, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV) — COVID restrictions are easing for Illinois counties in the Wabash Valley.

Due increased hospital staffing, the state changed its metrics, moving region six into Tier 1 of Illinois COVID-19 mitigation efforts.

High school athletics could be back as early as next month and school officials said their students couldn’t be more excited.

Though they are considered high risk, one of many changes would be allowing basketball teams to practice.

At Lawrenceville High School in Lawrence County, fall sports have been moved to the spring and can begin contact practices on Jan. 25th.

“They’re wanting to get their senior year in. I’ve had parents calling me and the kids, are we going to have a season, is it true,” said Lawrenceville High School assistant principal and athletic director Jamie Schultz. “They’re very anxious to get a least one more time on the field or the court.”

For Marshall schools in Clark County, medium-risk sports like volleyball have gone from only being able to scrimmage against each other to soon competing against schools in their region.

“I really like to be able to get going like our neighbors on everything else,” said Kevin Ross, Marshall schools Superintendent. “It’s hard to sit here in Clark County watching Vigo County play basketball, play volleyball, play volleyball and do all all thigs.”

With sports schedules starting so close together, Marshall schools have a policy in which athletes can play more than one sport at a time.

Schools are still waiting on the IHSAA to see if sports such as basketball will see extended season schedules.

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