Three area football games altered by COVID-19 for Sept. 25

Virus continues to upend plans, but teams are quickly rescheduling

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At least three area football games have been affected by COVID-19 this week in south-central South Dakota, with changes to the schedule announced on Monday.

The Chamberlain School District announced it is transitioning to online and e-learning courses, starting Tuesday, Sept. 22, due to increases cases of COVID-19, particularly among school staff. The district has canceled all sporting events from Sept. 21-25. In football, the Cubs (2-3) were slated to travel to Lead-Deadwood.

Stanley County has also announced it would move to an all-digital class format this week due to COVID-19 cases in the district, and the Fort Pierre-based district said all extra-curricular activities this week were being postponed or canceled. That meant the Buffaloes (3-2) were calling off their trip to Wagner on Friday for a football game.

Instead, Wagner (1-4) will travel to Elk Point-Jefferson at 7 p.m. in Elk Point.

Menno/Marion, which canceled its game at Baltic on Sept. 18, will play at Scotland on Friday, Sept. 25. The Highlanders (2-3) and the Razorbacks (1-3) were each scheduled for an open date on Friday.


The Sept. 25 round of games marks the sixth week of the South Dakota football season and COVID-19 is making an increased impact on the season. For Sept. 18's games, eight contests were canceled or postponed to a later date, including moving Burke-Colome to Monday night in Colome.

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