STEVENS POINT, Wis. – Today marks the start of fall sports with the first day of football practice at schools statewide following yesterday’s issuing of equipment.
The first game of the football regular season is scheduled to kick-off Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 24-26. The nine-week season will culminate with the qualification of 224 teams for the football playoffs.
Level 1 of the playoffs is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 25. The 11-player State Football Championships will be played Thursday-Friday, Nov. 21-22 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. The championship final for 8-player football is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 16 at a location to be determined.
Practice begins for girls golf on Monday, Aug. 12 with the first competitions to start on Thursday, Aug. 15. Regional dates are Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 2-3 with sectionals slated for Monday-Wednesday, Oct. 7-9. The State Meet will be held at University Ridge Golf Course in Madison Monday-Tuesday, Oct.14-15.
The first practice for girls tennis is Tuesday, Aug. 13 with the first allowed match on Saturday, Aug. 17. Subsectionals take place Monday-Tuesday, Oct. 7-8 with sectionals to follow on Wednesday-Thursday, Oct. 9-10. The State Individual Tennis Tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison will be held Thursday-Saturday, Oct.17-19 with the team tournament at the same location on Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26.
Girls swimming and diving teams open their practice schedule Tuesday, Aug. 13 with the earliest date for the first meets of the season on Wednesday, Aug. 21. Sectionals will be held Friday-Saturday, Nov. 8-9, and the State Meet is scheduled for Friday-Saturday, Nov. 15-16 at the UW Natatorium in Madison.
Boys and girls cross country begins practice on Monday, Aug. 19, and the first competition may be scheduled on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Sectionals are scheduled for Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26, and the State Meet will be held at The Ridges Golf Course in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis., Saturday, Nov. 2.
The practice starting date for boys and girls volleyball will be Monday, Aug. 19 with the first allowable matches scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 27. They share the same start date with the boys and girls State Volleyball Tournament being held concurrently for the first time Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 7-9 at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis. Girls regionals will be held Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 24 and Oct. 26. Girls sectionals are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday, Oct. 31 and Nov. 2. The boys regionals are set for Friday, Oct. 25 with the sectionals on Tuesday, Oct. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 2.
The first allowed date for boys soccer practice is Monday, Aug. 19 with the first games permitted on Tuesday, Aug. 27. Regional play begins the week of Oct. 22-26 with sectionals set for Thursday, Oct. 31 and Saturday, Nov. 2. The State Tournament wil be held Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 7-9 at KOHLER Engines Field at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, Wis.