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Horizon League postpones fall sports until October

Wright State’s Aaliyah Patten battles two Detroit Mercy defenders during a game this season. Patten, a Fairborn High School graduate, was named Horizon League Player of the Year. Joseph Craven/CONTRIBUTED
Wright State’s Aaliyah Patten battles two Detroit Mercy defenders during a game this season. Patten, a Fairborn High School graduate, was named Horizon League Player of the Year. Joseph Craven/CONTRIBUTED

Wright State golf, cross country and soccer affected

With coronavirus cases rising in Ohio and elsewhere, Wright State athletics will not be back in action until at least Oct. 1.

That news came Thursday when the Horizon League announced it is delaying the start of fall competition until that date, a decision intended to allow each campus to continue developing safer and reasonable protocols for a return to play.

“Wright State Athletics remains committed to the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes, coaches, staff and fans as our top priority,” the department said in a release. “While many uncertainties still exist, today’s decision by the Horizon League provides the opportunity to adjust as needed based on the most up-to-date information.”

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All exhibition, conference and nonconference games are delayed, but training and practice plans are up to each school.

The same is true of rescheduling nonconference games impacted by the delay.

“The Horizon League’s Council will continue to monitor developments related to COVID-19 and will evaluate fall schedules and competitions with the understanding that there may be future changes,” the league said in a statement. “The council will continue to be guided by our top priority: the health, safety and well-being of our student-athletes, coaches, and staff.”

The sports affected are cross country, golf and soccer.

Wright State announced in June it is eliminating softball and men’s and women’s tennis because of an accelerated need to cut costs.

Many other schools have also eliminated sports since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in March.