Fall sports finally begin

Vikings get impressive wins in season openers

After a lengthy hiatus without most high school sports, the Minneota volleyball and football teams finally had their season openers last week.
The volleyball team opened the 2020 season at home with a Camden Conference sweep of Lac qui Parle Valley, then took care of two more opponents on Monday and Tuesday (see separate stories in this issue) for a 3-0 start.The football team steamrolled MACCRAY 47-6 in its season opener Friday in Maynard (see separate story in this issue) on a near-perfect evening with temperatures in the mid-70s at kickoff.
After a late start to the season due to the coronavirus, the football and volleyball teams are playing an abbreviated schedule with the post-season still being discussed by the Minnesota State High School League.
The Minnesota State High School League board of directors initially decided that football and volleyball would not have a fall season and instead moved those sports to the spring. But following an influx of letters from high school administrators, coaches, athletes and parents the board held a special meeting and agreed to start the seasons in the fall.
Volleyball and football fans are limited to watch the events. Players and managers on the volleyball teams can have two passes each for family members. Football can have 250 fans in attendance. The Camden Conference decided to allow 150 fans for the home team and 100 for the visiting team.
Cross country, one of the few sports in this area that were able to begin the season on time, also competed last week. The Canby/Minneota boys and girls concluded the regular season with wins at the Yellow Medicine East Invitational in Granite Falls last Thursday.
The cross country team will now participate in the Section 3A meet today (Oct. 15) in Luverne.

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