It’s nice to see high school teams participating in spring sports after not playing in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last spring was pretty tough on our sports pages as schools were shut down and sports were put on the back burner until fall. 

This spring, it’s a whole new ball game. Baseball, softball, golf, girls soccer and track and field are all taking place this spring and teams are deep into their seasons and post-season tournaments are just around the corner.

The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) has identified the State Tournament event locations, venues and schedules for boys golf, baseball and softball this spring.

The locations, venues and schedules for the boys golf, baseball and softball State Tournaments have been altered from some of their traditional formats and locations in continued accommodations to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Boys golf will be Monday-Tuesday, June 14-15, with Division 1 at Wild Rock Golf Club, Wisconsin Dells, and Divisions 2 and 3 at Trappers Turn Golf Club in Wisconsin Dells.

Baseball will be Friday, June 25, with Division 1 quarterfinals at Herr-Baker Stadium, Marian University, Fond du Lac; and Monday-Thursday, June 28-July 1 for Division 1, 2, 3 and 4 semifinals and finals at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium in Grand Chute.

Softball will be Monday, June 28, with Division 1 quarterfinals at Bay Port High School in Green Bay; Monday-Wednesday, June 28-30, with Divisions 1, 2, finals at King Park at UW-Green Bay.

For more detailed information about the State Tournament schedules, times and locations, people can visit the WIAA website at wiaawi.org and each sport’s respective tournament page. Additional details will be posted on the website when they become available.

Since 1994, the State Boys Golf Championships have been held at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison prior to the cancellation of the spring seasons in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and the State Softball Tournament has been held at Goodman Diamond in Madison since 2002. Fox Cities Stadium has been the home of the State Baseball Tournament since 1998.

The WIAA oversees interscholastic athletic programs for 515 senior high schools and 48 junior high/middle level schools in its membership.

It’s good to see that the WIAA was able to make adjustments to the tournament and still have the State Tournaments for the student-athletes and their fans.