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January 24, 2021

10/5/2020 1:26:00 PM
Football and volleyball return to autumn
Tiger linebackers Riley Eickhoff (#7) and Eddie “Bulldog” Becker tackle a Waseca ball carrier in the 2019 1AAA Section Championship game.
Tiger linebackers Riley Eickhoff (#7) and Eddie “Bulldog” Becker tackle a Waseca ball carrier in the 2019 1AAA Section Championship game.
Tigers Ally Elliott (left) and Erin Lamb (#13) block the kill attempt of a North Branch hitter in the 2019 1AA State Championship match.
Tigers Ally Elliott (left) and Erin Lamb (#13) block the kill attempt of a North Branch hitter in the 2019 1AA State Championship match.
Back in synch with the cooler weather, Halloween pumpkins and maple trees turning orange, football has resumed its place with autumn in southeastern Minnesota.
At a special meeting on Monday, Sept. 21, the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Board of Directors voted to reinstate football and volleyball to their normal fall season.
The Board's vote reversed its Tuesday, Aug. 4 decision to postpone football and volleyball until spring 2021.
Garrett Mueller, Stewartville High School's varsity football coach, was happy to hear the news.
"We are definitely excited about the opportunity to play this fall," he said. "It will bring some new challenges, but for our program as a whole I am excited for our chance to get on the field now when we are ready to go."
John Dzubay is happy to see high school volleyball back in its traditional fall setting.
Dzubay, Stewartville High School's longtime volleyball coach, said in a recent email that had the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) Board carried out its original plan to move volleyball to the spring, many of his players would have been forced to make a choice between playing JO (club) or school volleyball.
"For some, that would have been a very tough decision," he said.
Dzubay, the winningest volleyball coach in MSHSL history, is also pleased the upcoming fall volleyball season is longer than a spring season would have been.
"That is a plus, as well," he said. "This brings a little more normalcy back, as well, by keeping volleyball in the fall, where it has always been."
Concerned about COVID-19, the MSHSL still allowed the state's volleyball teams to start practice in early July with hopes for a fall season. But then, on Tuesday, Aug. 4, the MSHSL Board of Directors approved postponing football and volleyball until spring 2021...
For more on this story pick up your copy of the Oct. 6 Stewartville STAR.





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