‘Find a balance’: Mental health, social connections cited in debate over playing prep sports | High School Sports

Pertzborn, also active on social media advocating for students in athletics, has been frustrated how

Pertzborn, also active on social media advocating for students in athletics, has been frustrated how prep athletics decisions have unfolded in Dane County and the state this year.

“Anytime we get to a decision, the goalpost gets moved and we can’t get near it,” he said, imploring people to work together.

He said the situation has been difficult on everyone, particularly seniors. Middleton is scheduled to play football in the alternative fall season in the spring.

He said the students will need to make good choices if they want to play.

“I’m glad we are trying to move forward to see if it is doable (in a safe manner),” said Pertzborn, whose daughter, Sierra, is a sophomore volleyball, basketball and track and field athlete at Middleton. “We will give it our best effort. It will take discipline, sacrifice and commitment not only from the coaches but from the athletes.”

Sun Prairie suspended athletic competitions through Jan. 22 but athletic director Eric Nee outlined a practice plan: “The start of the winter sports season will look vastly different than in the past. At this time, we will work in small groups and limit the maximum size to 10 participants at a time. Participating students will be split into fixed groups (cohorts) whenever possible to minimize mixing.

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