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IHSA moves football, boys soccer and girls volleyball to Spring 2021

IHSA moves football, boys soccer and girls volleyball to Spring 2021

February football will not just be limited to the Super Bowl. It’ll be coming to many Illinois high school football fields in 2021.

The IHSA Board announced Wednesday that the 2020-2021 sports calendar will be significantly altered, with football, boys soccer and girls volleyball moving to the Spring 2021 season, in conjunction with Governor J.B. Pritzker's guidelines on COVID-19 safety protocol.

Boys and girls golf, girls tennis, boys and girls cross country and girls swimming and diving will play this fall. The season gets underway Aug. 10.

The winter sports schedule, which begins Nov. 16 and runs to Feb. 13, includes boys and girls basketball, wrestling, boys swimming and diving, competitive cheerleading, competitive dance, boys and girls bowling and girls gymnastics. Contests can begin on Nov. 30.

In spring season, which begins Feb. 15, football, boys soccer, girls volleyball, girls badminton, boys gymnastics and boys and girls water polo. Contests begin Mar. 1

The summer sports season, which starts May 3 and goes to June 26, includes baseball, softball, boys and girls track and field, girls soccer, boys volleyball, boys and girls lacrosse and boys tennis. Contests begin May 17.

“I applaud our Board of Directors for choosing a model that allows every student-athlete the opportunity for a modified season,” IHSA Executive Director Craig Anderson said in a statement. “This plan, like nearly every aspect of our current lives, remains fluid. Changes may come, and if they do, we will be agile while putting safety and students first.”

Pritzker announced a series of restrictions on high school sports, travel clubs, park district leagues and other adult recreational sports programs earlier this afternoon.

The guidelines, which go into effect on Aug. 15, will place sports into three risk levels: low, medium and high based on the amount of contact between athletes and their proximity during practices and game competition.

Lower-risk sports include badminton, baseball (if players can be at least six feet apart in dugouts or in bleachers; otherwise considered medium-risk), bass fishing (if room on boat permits social distancing), bowling, cross country (if teams are limited), golf, gymnastics, softball (same rules as baseball), swimming and diving (single lanes/single diving, no relays; otherwise it’s medium-risk), tennis and track and field (if delayed starts, every other lane and cleaning of equipment between usage otherwise medium-rosh).

Medium-risk sports include basketball, flag football/7-on-7 football, soccer, volleyball, water polo and wheelchair basketball.

High-risk sports include competitive cheerleading, competitive dance, football, hockey, lacrosse and wrestling.

In tandem with those guidelines, the measures also dictate four additional levels by which these sports can be played based on current public health statue, with level 1 allowing only no-contact outdoor practices and level 2 allowing intra-team scrimmages (but not competitive play). In level 3, intra-conference and intra-league play is allowed, with the possibility of state championship games for low-risk sports. Level 4 is with the least amount of restrictions, where inter-conference and interstate competition can occur, along with the other state championship games.

Lower risk sports are currently allowed to play in the first three levels, medium-risk sports are allowed to play in the first two levels and the high-risk sports are first-level only.

The 2019-20 IHSA calendar was thrust into uncertainty back on March 12 when the 1A and 2A boys basketball state finals were called off, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. It was soon followed by the cancellation of the 3A and 4A boys hoops and the rest of the IHSA spring sports calendar.

10 Chicago Cubs who were 'one-season wonders'

10 Chicago Cubs who were 'one-season wonders'

“Enjoy the ride.”

If there was a countdown of the top slogans used by our guy David Kaplan during the summer of 2016, this was near the top of the list. Kaplan declared (ranted?) this while the Cubs were on a brief downturn near the All-Star break of their World Series-winning season. Fans were in a panic. Kaplan called for calm.

Similarly, there’s another adage that goes, ‘You don’t know what you got until it’s gone.’ And that’s where this list comes into play.

We’re looking at players who gave fans a thrill for one great season. It could have been a journeyman who played solid ball year-to-year and then went out of his mind statistically for a summer before coming back to Earth. Or, perhaps, it was a rookie who burst onto the scene before fading. Or maybe it was someone who was in town literally for one season before leaving via trade or free agency.

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Whatever the case may be, we hope fans enjoyed the ride for that one season of glory.

What if a certain Chicago Cub were to have his ‘one shining moment’ in 2020? Would that count as a one-season wonder? Or maybe a 3/8-season wonder? That’s probably up for debate down the road.

In the meantime, here are the greatest one-season wonders in Cubs history.

10 Chicago Cubs who were 'one-season wonders'

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10 Chicago Bears who were 'one-season wonders'

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10 Chicago Bears who were 'one-season wonders'

 

In a sports sense, what defines a “one-season wonder?”

Is it, statistically speaking, one great season followed by several mediocre ones? Or simply one solitary out-of-this-world game? Is it a fantastic rookie season followed by a never-ending sophomore slump? It could be all of those.

But “one-season wonder” may not be the pejorative term you may be thinking. It could be, literally, the one season an athlete had playing for a team—which was bookended by either a trade of a free agency pickup/release. Or, perhaps, it could be the one astronomical season in a well-defined, well-landmarked career.

For our purposes, it’s all of the above.

We’re taking a look at the top-10 Chicago Bears who had one shining (season-long) moment.