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The Waseca girls soccer team reported a case of COVID-19 recently. The team could have resumed activities Sept. 15 but Waseca Public Schools moved to a distance learning model after a rise in COVID-19 case rates, meaning the suspension of activities until at least Sept. 25. (Photo courtesy of Joe Hedervare)

The Waseca girls soccer team will not play its scheduled Friday game against Marshall in Marshall after a positive COVID-19 test among the team.

Waseca Public Schools received notification of the positive test Sept. 3 and the last known contact took place Sept. 1 when the Bluejays faced Mankato Loyola in Mankato.

The person who tested positive and others with the team have been in quarantine. The first day the team can return to play is Sept. 15.

The scheduled game against Marshall will not be postponed nor will it go down as a forfeit, Waseca Activities Director Joe Hedervare said.

The Bluejays have two matches a week scheduled for the rest of the season so there isn’t an available date to reschedule the game against Marshall.

To be eligible for the conference title teams have to play 50 percent of their scheduled matches. The conference championship will be determined by winning percentage, Hedervare said.

Whether Waseca returns for any matches remains a question. Data released by the Minnesota Department of Health Thursday showed Waseca County with a 50.51 case rate per 10,000. When a county records a rate of greater than 50, the MDH advises school districts move to distance only learning for all students. If Waseca Public Schools chooses to move to distance only learning, then athletics cannot continue until the district moves back to a hybrid model.

Waseca Public Schools has a School Board workshop meeting scheduled Thursday where it’s likely to discuss the district’s learning model.

Neither Le Sueur-Henderson or Tri-City United had any upcoming events scheduled with Waseca sports, so no changes were necessary to either district’s activities schedule.

Some St. Peter sports against Waseca have been postponed: cross country Sept. 17 at Waseca, girls soccer Sept. 25 at St. Peter and boys soccer Sept. 25 at Waseca. St. Peter cross country is now going to host St. James Area on Thursday instead. They do not have soccer scheduled makeup dates yet. St. Peter iss scheduled to play Waseca on Sept. 29 which may be impacted depending on their numbers for that week.

St. Peter moved games against Worthingon to Sept. 18 to help break up its bye week and gap in the schedule with the lost games to Waseca. Girls will play at home and boys will travel to Worthington on Friday.

“Waseca moving to distance learning will be in place for at least two weeks,” St. Peter Activities Director Jordan Paula said. “It isn’t necessarily always based on an individual player getting it, but the county and district’s decision to move to distance learning. For their students’ sake, I hope it’s a short-lived move to distance learning and they get the opportunity to compete again soon.

“By scheduling the seasons the way we did as a conference, we minimize the number of schools impacted when a school has to move to distance learning. Hopefully we don’t have to move anything else this fall, but we’ll adapt if we do. The decision to move to distance learning was school-wide, not just a team decision.”

Reach Sports Editor Pat Beck at 931-8566 or follow him on Twitter.com @SPHSportsPat. ©Copyright 2020 APG Media of Southern Minnesota. All rights reserved.

St. Peter Herald Sports Editor covers St. Peter, Cleveland, Le Center, Le Sueur-Henderson and Tri-City United and Gustavus Adolphus College. Fishing, tennis and golf enthusiast

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