NDHSAA makes changes to upcoming boys tennis, soccer postseason tournaments

Grand Forks Central's A.J. Spicer hits a backhander during his doubles match with Cole Wilber against Fargo North Thursday. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

The North Dakota High School Activities Association has made some minor changes to a pair of upcoming postseason tournaments.

The boys state soccer tournament, which is usually held Thursday-Saturday at one location, will have a different format this year, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the quarterfinals will be held at home sites Tuesday, Oct. 6. The semifinals will be played Friday, Oct. 9 at Fargo South High School. The championship and third-place games will be played Saturday, Oct. 10 at South. There will be no consolation.

The change should limit the number of people at the state tournament. Any crowd-size limitations will be announced 72 hours before the event begins.

The East Region boys tennis tournament began Tuesday with home-site quarterfinals. The championship semifinals and consolation semifinals also will be hosted at higher seeds Thursday.


The East Region team championship and state-qualifiers will be held Friday in Fargo. The East Region individual tournament will be Friday and Saturday in Fargo.

In an effort to shorten matches, eight-game pro-sets will be used for consolation play at the region tournament.

Next week, the boys state tennis tournament will be held in Grand Forks from Oct. 8-10. Eight-game pro-sets will be used for consolation once again, except for fifth-place matches, which determine all-state team members.

Attendance will be limited at the boys tennis tournament. Each participating school will receive wristbands for purchase.

Schlossman has covered college hockey for the Grand Forks Herald since 2005. He has been recognized by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the top beat writer for the Herald's circulation division four times and the North Dakota sportswriter of the year once. He resides in Grand Forks. Reach him at
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