Welcome to the Daily Lineup for Monday, September 21, 2020, a digital guide to what’s already here and what’s coming today on the PostBulletin.com sports pages.
Today is a day that high school football and volleyball players, coaches and fans have awaited for weeks. There is no guarantee that those sports will be able to be played this fall in Minnesota, but there is optimism among athletes and fans this morning across the state.
Last month, the MSHSL voted to push football and volleyball back to the spring season for this school year. In recent weeks, a groundswell of support for the seasons to be played this fall has cropped up on social media around the state. That's led to today's special meeting.
Today's MSHSL Board meeting begins at 9 a.m.; follow PB sports reporter Pat Ruff on Twitter and check back to PostBulletin.com/Sports later today for a story about the meeting and reaction from some coaches in southeastern Minnesota. We'll also find out from the Board meeting if the fall sports currently being played -- soccer, cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving -- will have a postseason.
Late last week, Ruff and fellow PB sports reporter Isaac Trotter offered some thoughts on whether or not football and volleyball will return this fall, and what those seasons could look like, on the PB Sports Podcast.
What else do we have at the Sports pages of PostBulletin.com today:
• MOTO MAGIC: The AMA Pro Motocross Series made its annual stop at Spring Creek MX Park near Millville on Saturday and the top riders in the world didn't disappoint. Hometown favorite Jeremy Martin -- who grew up in Millville and whose parents, John and Greta, own Spring Creek -- put on a show, alongside Dylan Ferrandis, as the two battled side by side for the final lap of the second 250 moto. Martin trails Ferrandis by just three points in the national championship points standings, but he gained some confidence on Saturday. In the 450 division, last year's 250 national champion Adam Cianciarulo dominated the day, getting the holeshot in both motos, winning both motos and chopping into Zach Osborne's once-gigantic lead in the national points standings.
• PIGSKIN PLAYBACK: If you missed it over the weekend, the PB sports team put out a special high school football section called "Trophy Case." We took a look back at four southeastern Minnesota programs -- Caledonia, Grand Meadow, Rochester Lourdes and Rushford-Peterson -- and told some behind-the-scenes stories about what made/makes them so great. All of the stories from that section are now online, including three bonus stories that didn't make it into the actual print section. You can find all of the "Trophy Case" stories here.
• Z-M/K-W's SORTLAND SEEKS REDEMPTION: Natasha Sortland won the Section 1A girls cross country championship last fall. She hasn't lost a regular-season meet in two years. But she struggled at the state meet last season, getting out too fast in her first mile and struggling after that. She's refocused this year and hopeful there will be a postseason.
• VIKINGS ARE A MESS: From NFC North favorite to a dumpster fire in two weeks, the Minnesota Vikings are a mess from top to bottom. There were no bright spots to take out of a 28-11 loss at Indianapolis on Sunday, and with the schedule Minnesota faces over the next six weeks, the potential is there for a historically bad start to the season.
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