IHSA extends postseason for golf and cross-country

The IHSA has allowed fall teams who aren’t in season 20 contact days to prepare for the spring.

BY DYLAN SMITH, NEWS REPORTER

MACOMB, Ill (NEWS3) – The Illinois High School Association has decided to allow postseason tournaments for golf and cross-country to extend into sectionals.

This decision follows a Sept. 23 ruling from the IHSA to allow out-of-season fall sports teams to participate in “contact days.”

Both golf and cross-country are considered low-risk sports and were able to begin the season on time. Before the IHSA’s decision, the two sports would conclude after regional play. Now, teams have the opportunity to compete for a second round.

The Macomb High School girls’ golf team has had incredible success despite these trying times. A sectional playoff round is very probable for the Lady Bombers.

“We were really excited about that,” Brian Sullivan, Macomb girls golf coach, said. “We think we have a good chance of getting out of the regional. When we found out they were doing sectionals after that, we were all really excited about having an opportunity to play in it.”

The Lady Bombers won the West Central Conference title, among several other meets this year. After finishing 6sixth in the Class 1A State Finals in 2019, the 2020 team remains focused on placing at sectionals.

The Lady Bombers host the Class 1A Macomb Regional Wednesday, Oct. 7 at Gold Hills Golf Club. The boys golf team tee-off Tuesday, Oct. 6 at the Class 2A Monmouth Regional at Gibson Woods Golf Course.

Boys and girls cross-country postseason meets do not begin until mid to late October.