Saturday, December 4, 2021

WIAA Board of Control to hear Madison Edgewood football appeal on Thursday

The WIAA Board of Control has scheduled an appeals hearing with Madison Edgewood on Thursday.

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While most WIAA football programs have opted to play a shortened fall schedule due to COVID-19, most Madison-area high schools — including the entire Big Eight conference and every Rock Valley Conference school except Madison Edgewood — have an alternate spring season. We are committed to leaving our stadiums completely empty this fall.



Edgewood indicated he would appeal after the WIAA notified Tuesday that his undefeated football team was pulled from post-season play for using an ineligible player.

WIAA communications director Todd Clark and Edgewood athletic director Chris Zwetler confirmed separately Wednesday that the appeal will be heard on Thursday.

Zwetler said he appreciates that the Board of Control will take the time to meet with Edgewood officials and hear their side and why they believe they have a case.

“We’re here fighting for our kids,” Zwetler said. “We think we have a good case. We appreciate having the opportunity to share it with them.”

Top seed Edgewood (11-0) was scheduled to host second seed Columbus (10-1) in a WIAA Division 4 quarterfinal football game Friday at 7 p.m. at Breeze Stevens Field.



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Tuesday’s removal of the Crusaders from the playoffs meant fifth-seeded Kewaskam, who were beaten 40-0 by Edgewood last week, would return to playoff action and play in Columbus. According to Columbus’s athletics online calendar, that game has been scheduled for Saturday at 7 p.m. in Columbus.

If the WIAA Board of Control reverses the decision after an appeals hearing, Rock Valley Conference champion Edgewood will return to the competition and, as the high seed, host the game against Columbus. It will most likely be Saturday night, potentially at Breeze Stevens Field.

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