Welcome to the Daily Lineup for Wednesday, November 25, 2020, a digital guide to what’s already here and what’s coming today on the PostBulletin.com sports pages.
Both Gach has had quite a basketball journey, as our Pat Ruff wrote about yesterday.
Gach led the Austin High boys basketball team to the Class AAA state tournament as a junior. Then he decided to play his senior season at a prep school in Arizona before beginning his college basketball career. After two seasons at the University of Utah -- including battling through a knee injury last season -- and entering then withdrawing from the 2020 NBA Draft, Gach decided to return home. He transferred from Utah to Minnesota over the summer, the received a waiver last month to be eligible to play immediately.
Tonight, Gach will make his debut in maroon and gold when Minnesota hosts UW-Green Bay at 6 p.m.
Tonight's game is scheduled to be streamed on Big Ten Network Plus.
Last week, PB sports reporter Guy Limbeck talked with Austin coach Kris Fadness about Gach. "He's multi-dimensional and a very good offensive talent," Fadness said. Read that full story here and check back later tonight for a game report at PostBulletin.com/Sports.
What else do we have at the Sports pages of PostBulletin.com today?
• THROWN-TOGETHER VB MATCH MEANT THE WORLD TO K-M, CHATFIELD: We've talked all fall about the great lengths athletic directors, coaches, athletes and parents have gone to, to ensure a high school sports season of some kind could take place. We found a shining example of that last week, as the hours and minutes remaining in the volleyball season ticked down. Last Thursday, Chatfield had an opponent cancel a match due to COVID concerns. A Chatfield coach had seen a social media post from Kasson-Mantorville's program, looking for a match -- any match -- if a team close by needed one. An email was sent. Players were summoned. An hour after it was supposed to start a team workout, K-M was on a bus. Here are all the fun details about what looked like a normal high school volleyball match, from the PB's Pat Ruff.
• HOOPS TIME AT WINONA STATE: While the Gophers get their season going tonight, Division II college basketball won't start playing games until the New Year. Still, Winona State and other D2 teams across the country are ready to get practice going on Friday. As PB reporter Isaac Trotter writes, the Warriors have high hopes for a team that was solid last season, and hopes two transfers -- including Caledonia's Owen King -- push it over the top.
• BATTLE FOR THE AXE, AXED: The Battle for Paul Bunyan's Axe -- the most-played rivalry game in college football -- between Minnesota and Wisconsin, won't happen this season. The game, scheduled for Saturday, was canceled on Tuesday due to a high number of positive COVID tests in the Gophers' program.
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