Avon drops out of first-round playoff matchup due to COVID-19

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COVID-19 has forced Avon High School to drop out of contention in the South Dakota high school football playoffs.

In a social media post from the school, Avon said the Pirates would not play due to a positive COVID-19 diagnosis and several close contacts within the team.

It leads to a new matchup in the Class 9B playoffs. Corsica-Stickney will face Estelline/Hendricks at 7 p.m. Thursday in Corsica. The Jaguars originally were scheduled to face Avon. Estelline/Hendricks had the most seed points of non-playoff teams in Class 9B, making it the replacement team for any team unable to play due to COVID-19.

Aside from the Avon game, the South Dakota High School Activities Association has announced numerous time changes and postponements to the upcoming first round of the state playoffs.

Woonsocket/Wessington Springs/Sanborn Central will now host Sisseton at 5 p.m. Friday in Wessington Springs. Many games were being changed due to forecasted snow and wintery weather on Thursday in the northern and western regions of the state.


Other games postponed to Friday include: Elkton-Lake Benton at Lemmon/McIntosh at 6 p.m. in Lemmon, Britton-Hecla at Ipswich/Edmunds Central at 7 p.m., Redfield Area at St. Thomas More at 6 p.m., Langford Area at Wolsey-Wessington at 6 p.m. in Wolsey and Timber Lake at Philip at 5 p.m.

Jones County/White River at Rapid City Christian’s start time has been moved to 6 p.m. Thursday. Faulkton Area at Herreid/Selby Area has been moved to Selby, as well.

The first round of the playoffs for Class 11B and 9-man classes start Thursday.

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