View from the cheap seats
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Casey Krautkramer Reporter The Record-Review
It was the oddest visiting football fan experience I’ve ever seen during Friday night’s Stratford versus Amherst game. Amherst fans colluded behind the fences encompassing Tigers Stadium to loudly cheer on the Falcons, because they weren’t allowed into the football complex.
Amherst School District’s administration isn’t allowing visiting fans to attend its football team’s home games this season because of COVID-19 precautions. Stratford decided to reciprocate by not allowing Amherst fans to attend their team’s football away game at Tigers Stadium.
I discovered it doesn’t matter how far away high school football fans are situated from the action on the field, because the Amherst fans on the outside of the fences were cheering loudly for their football team.
COVID-19 has abruptly ended the Phillip’s volleyball team’s season. The WIAA Division 3 No. 4 regional seed Edgar volleyball team was supposed to play at No. 1 seed Phillips this Thursday, Oct. 22, but the Wildcats have received a forfeit win. This means the winner of the No. 2 regional seed Marathon volleyball team versus No. 3 seed Abbotsford this Thursday would suddenly play a home regional championship against Edgar this Saturday, Oct. 24.
Marathon beat Abbotsford, 3-1, at home on Oct 12, but it was only the Falcons’ second match of the season, which began two weeks late because of COVID-19. I’m anticipating Abbotsford is a much-improved team now in the playoffs.
The Athens volleyball team finally gets to play a match again this Thursday, Oct. 24, after being shut down for two weeks because of COVID-19.
Athens is the No. 2 seed in its WIAA Division 4 regional, and the Bluejays received a first-round playoff bye on Tuesday. Athens plays a home playoff match this Thursday, Oct. 22, against No. 3 seed Wausau Newman.
The winner between Athens and Wausau Newman would likely play at No. 1 regional seed Prentice in the regional championship match this Saturday, Oct. 24. Prentice plays at home against No. 5 seed Northland Lutheran this Thursday.
Stratford’s volleyball team is seeded No. 2 in its Division 2 regional and will play against No. 3 seed Northland Pines this Thursday, Oct. 22.
The winner between Stratford and Northland Pines would likely play at No. 1 Mosinee in the regional championship this Saturday, Oct. 24. Mosinee plays at home against No. 4 seed Colby this Thursday, Oct. 22.
Stratford lost, 3-0, at Mosinee in a regular season match on Oct. 5 but anything can happen in the postseason. Mosinee’s only two match defeats this season are in its home-and-away series against Division 1 Kaukauna.