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Local sports teams still in mix as seasons come to end

There is no doubt that 2020 is going to go down as one of the strangest years in history for myriad reasons, with the COVID-19 pandemic, of course, heading the list.

But for the high school students who play fall sports, especially the seniors, being able to safely participate is of great importance.

We don’t advocate taking risks, but with the right precautions, we hope the autumn playoff season continues. Many girls volleyball district champions have been crowned this week and tonight and Saturday, football teams from Superiorland will be hitting the field with the hopes of winning to be able to continue in the quest for a state title.

Today’s games are: MHSAA Division 6 playoffs, districts, 2nd round: Negaunee at Westwood, 7 p.m. and MHSAA Division 8 playoffs, districts, 2nd round: Gwinn at Iron Mountain, 7 p.m.

Then on Saturday, the schedule is: MHSAA Division 1 eight-player regional tournament, 2nd round: Newberry at Pickford, 1 p.m. and MHSAA Division 3 playoffs, districts, 2nd round: Marquette at Mount Pleasant, 2 p.m.

Things won’t be quite like usual. Tickets are limited and won’t be available at the gate.

But we can all think good thoughts and hope the youngsters participating in these tournaments stay safe and have a great time. Despite the ongoing pandemic, they deserve to make some memories like those who came before them did as long as it can be done with care and caution.

Good luck to all taking part in the fall sports season’s final weeks.

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