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It’s the last long day for Prep Bowl

Twin Cities-based KSTC-TV televised its first Prep Bowl last year and this much was learned.

It’s a very long day.

With the exception of the announcers the crew arrives at 6 a.m. The announcers are on deck at 7 and air time is 8 o’clock with the nine-man championship.

And the last snap will come around midnight with the conclusion of the Class AAAAA championship.

"It’s something we love to do and that's why we do it,’’ said Dennis Silva, who produces the telecast for KSTC. "Last year, if I recall, we kind of hit the wall right around 7 o’clock and then had to regroup.

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"But, yes, it’s a very long day.’’

Next year will be different; the Prep Bowl will be spread out over two days. There will be three games each day.

No sweat.

"With a one-day Prep Bowl you get everything out of the way,’’ said Silva, "but with two days, you have a chance to come back refreshed for another go around.’’

Unlike last year, the Prep Bowl will be televised locally on Charter Communications. KSTC is not available on the cable system, but it reached agreement with the station to carry the games, which will air on channel 14.

Since this is the 25th anniversary of the Prep Bowl, KSTC decided to turn back the historical clock in order to spice up the telecast.

Station officials contacted the Minnesota State High School League which in turn lined up a committee of past Prep Bowl coaches and officals to compile a "best of’’ list of past championships.

The "winners’’ — best team, best game, best finish, best play and best player – will be sprinkled in during the telecast of each championship.

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"This was a serious undertaking,’’ said Silva. "We came up with features for just about every category and, obviously, that took a lot of time and effort, which the station gave us.

"I guess the hardest part was finding highlights for each category. They were not easy to come by, especially in the early years. Remember, we only televised last year's Prep Bowl so we had to search elsewhere to get them.’’

The winners? Not many locally, although Triton quarterback Kirk Midthun was named the fifth-best Prep Bowl player of all time and Chad Strike of Kingsland No. 8. The 1995 Chatfield team was also recognized as the fourth-best team in Class A.

The six championship games will be televised starting at 8 this morning. The New Ulm Cathedral and Rushford-Peterson Class A championship is scheduled to start at 10:45 a.m. and the Class AA championship between Triton and Luverne is scheduled for 6:30 p.m.

The Class AAAAA championship between Eden Prairie and Lakeville South, both with 13-0 records, is scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m.

Paul Christian is a Post-Bulletin sports writer. He writes a weekly Friday column dealing with TV and radio sports and can be reached at pchristian@postbulletin.com

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