Athletics are back at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campuses in Fond du Lac and Fox Cities.

Men’s basketball conference games for the Falcons in Fond du Lac and the Cyclones in Fox Cities continue through Feb. 26, before the playoffs on March 7 and 11. The inaugural Wisconsin Competitive Sports League (WCSL) championship is scheduled for March 13.

Formed to replace the Wisconsin Collegiate Conference, the WCSL will transition to co-ed tennis competition in April and May. Women’s volleyball will start at the end of September and will continue until October.

“Fox Cities and Fond du Lac have strong turnout, where some of the others are struggling a bit,” said acting athletic coordinator Jeremiah Hoffmann. “I think the foundation being created will continue to build the programs.”

Basketball games are usually held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, playing twice at all schools in the league. Additionally, Fond du Lac and Fox Cities have scheduled a few non-conference games.

In addition to UWO (Fond du Lac and Fox Cities), the league is made up of two-year campuses in UW-Green Bay (Manitowoc, Marinette and Sheboygan) and UW-Stevens Point (Marshfield and Wausau). Basketball games were also played against junior varsity teams from nearby four-year schools, including Marian University, Ripon College, and Concordia University.

While Hoffmann focuses on Fond du Lac and the UWO women’s golf team he coaches, Adam Ligocki is acting athletic coordinator for the UWO Fox Cities campus.

In an interesting “I-41 rivalry,” Fond du Lac and Fox Cities face off at 6:15 p.m. on February 21 in Fox Cities.

UWO Deputy Chancellor Martin Rudd said WCSL provides opportunities for students on campus who want to continue playing sports they did in high school.

“It’s both helpful recruiting for us and a great way for students starting out (on access campuses) to pursue something they love,” he said.