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Uneven mask-wearing in Minnesota high school games draws call for 100-percent compliance


January 22, 2021

Aaron Lavinsky, Star Tribune

Hopkins forward Maya Nnaji (34) battled for a rebound against Wayzata forward Jenna Johnson (22) and guard Mara Braun (10) in a game Jan. 19 at Wayzata High School.

One week into an abbreviated winter sports season, the wearing of masks by Minnesota high school athletes has generated frustration from schools and officials about uneven compliance during games.

The Minnesota State High School League addressed the issue during a virtual meeting Thursday with school representatives. League officials reiterated that the mask mandate is accompanied by expectations of 100% compliance by the hundreds of teams and thousands of athletes competing across the state.

League associate director Bob Madison said most schools and teams playing basketball and hockey were in compliance with the directive handed down for youth sports by the Minnesota Department of Health in late December.


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