Winter sports have modified start dates

Amateur sports are continuing to be modified and squeezed into a shorter season. The current plans for winter sports is no different.
Dance teams can begin practice on Monday, Nov. 9, the earliest start date of winter sports.
Boys basketball teams can begin practice on Monday, Nov. 23; wrestling on Monday, Nov. 30; and girls basketball can begin on Monday, Dec. 7.
"All sports will be the same amount of weeks, but there will be a reduction in the number of games played," said Minneota Activities Director Cari Pohlen. "Junior high will start in November, but an exact date isn't set."
The wrestling team is scheduled to open the season on the road on Dec. 4 with a dual against rival Canby. The Vikings home opener will be on Dec. 8 with a triangular against Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg and Adrian.
The boys basketball team is slated to open the season on Dec. 10 against Lakeview in Cottonwood. The Vikings' home opener is scheduled for Dec. 15 against Russell-Tyler-Ruthton.
The Minneota girls basketball team will open the season at home on Dec. 18 against Yellow Medicine East.
All schedules are available online, although there are still some playing dates for some sports that are not yet set.
The Minnesota State High School League is still working on the post-season for winter sports which will depend on the Minnesota Department of Health recommendations amid the pandemic.
The girls basketball state tournament last year was cancelled after the quarterfinals because of the coronavirus pandemic. Minneota was a favorite to win its second straight Class A title and had advanced to the semifinals when MSHSL officials informed the team the tournament had been cancelled.
The state wrestling tournament was held last year, but the boys basketball state tournament was also cancelled.

Note: The resumption of all activities and athletics are subject to change, based on the most current information, directives from state government and health department officials, and member school feedback.

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