Welcome to the Daily Lineup for Tuesday, September 22, 2020, a digital guide to what’s already here and what’s coming today on the PostBulletin.com sports pages.
We're sure you've heard by now -- and you probably have your game-day plans all set -- that high school football and volleyball will be played this fall. Last month, the Minnesota State High School League pushed those sports back to the spring season, COVID-19 concerns in mind. After watching bordering states start their high school seasons with few coronavirus cases, athletes, parents and coaches began to push for volleyball and football to be played this fall in Minnesota.
They got their wish on Monday.
The MSHSL Board of Directors voted 15-3 to reinstate the football season. Practice begins Monday (Sept. 28) and the first games can be played on Friday, Oct. 9.
Volleyball was reinstated by a 14-4 vote, with practices set to begin Monday and matches allowed to begin on Thursday, Oct. 8.
To say the least, coaches in southeastern Minnesota were elated with Monday's vote.
“I think this is better for all of the players, coaches and officials to have the high school volleyball season in the fall,” Kasson-Mantorville volleyball coach Adam VanOort said. “It will be better for winter and spring club volleyball not to sandwich high school volleyball between them."
The scheduled seasons will likely not allow for a state tournament, though nothing has been ruled out yet. Even so, for many kids who lost their spring sports seasons back in April, Tuesday's vote was welcome news.
What else do we have at the Sports pages of PostBulletin.com today?
• CLAREY ON A SCORING SPREE: Rochester Century multi-sport athlete Addison Clarey was a good high school soccer player last fall as a sophomore. After an offseason dedicated to getting bigger, stronger and faster, Clarey has been all but unstoppable so far this fall for an unbeaten Panthers team.
• CALEDONIA'S PRIVET, BLOOMING'S OSWALD COMMIT: Sam Privet is a standout on the basketball court for the Caledonia Warriors. Literally. Privet stands out because he stands 6-feet-8. He can play some ball, too, averaging 10.6 points and 5.1 rebounds for the Section 1AA champion Warriors last winter. Privet will enter his senior season with a weight off his shoulders, having committed to play at Northern Michigan University. ... Another standout basketball player from the area, Blooming Prairie's Megan Oswald, also recently made a college commitment. Oswald announced she'll play at NAIA school University of Jamestown (N.D.). PB reporter Guy Limbeck has more on those commitments in his weekly Sports Notebook.
• SIX STANDOUT SENIORS LEAD THE WAY FOR LOURDES: The Rochester Lourdes girls tennis team may not get to compete for a state championship this fall, but it's not because the Eagles aren't good enough. The COVID-19 pandemic has left teams wondering what a postseason will look like, but the six seniors on Lourdes' high-powered team are enjoying getting one last season together.
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