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The 27th annual Prep Bowl will wind up the 2008 football season this weekend with three games Friday and three more Saturday at the Metrodome.

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For the first time, the finale was set back a week due to the Gophers-Iowa football game Saturday night.

It will mark the 37th season of football playoffs which were held outside for the first 10 years before the finals were shifted to the Metrodome in1982.

The semifinals followed in 1990 to provide a tip flight playing surface and weather comfortable enough to allow fans to enjoy the games.

The single day, six-game grind was switched to a two day format recently to allow for a better time frame for the finals.

It begins Friday at 1 when Royalton and KMS meet for the Class A title.

At 4, Caledonia and Luverne square off in the Class 2A championship with Blaine and Wayzata meeting at 7 for the 5A title.

Saturday, Houston and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley in the nine man final at 10 a.m.

DeLaSalle and Glencoe-Silver Lake square off at noon in the 3A final.

At 3 Northfield and Mankato West wind up the weekend in the 4A championship game.

Joki Coach of Year

Grand Rapids' Beth Joki, who guided her volleyball team to a 20-8 record and the 7-3A title game, was chosen 7-3A Coach of the Year in her final season at the helm.

She announced her retirement earlier this fall to follow the careers of her two daughters Erin and Brynn in the upcoming years at UND and NDSU.

She has been coaching 27 years, the past 18 as head coach at the Rapids

Alex seeks coach

Alexandria is seeking a new boys soccer coach after the resignation of Wes Thompson who has led the team for seven years. He has 22 seasons in the soccer program at different levels. The Cardinals ended his final year at 4-11-3. They won the CLC title in 2005

Winter practice

The boys basketball and wrestling teams begin practice Monday.

Jeff Brown begins his seventh season as head basketball coach again assisted by Jim Walker.

He faces a major rebuilding task with three of last year's top four scorers graduated.

The team opens play Dec. 5 at East Grand Forks.

Rob Whelan starts his third year as head wrestling coach assisted by Mark Gunderson.

The Jacks face a new season with reduced numbers, unable to field a full B team last season. Graduation also took five top wrestlers, three of whom reached the state.

The team hosts Roseau Dec. 9 in its opening match.

The final team to start, the swim team, will open drills Dec. 1. at 4 p.m. There will be a parents meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at the pool.

Middle School boys wishing to swim should register at the office.

There will be an informational meeting at the pool Dec.1 at 3:45 p.m., Practice starts the following day.

Volleyball banquet

The volleyball team will hold its Awards Night Monday at 6:30 at the Commons.

Honored will be the varsity, JV, B and C teams that competed this fall.

Cook honored

Red Lake's Don Cook is the recipient of the Cowichan 2008 NAIG Leaderships Award for his long time commitment to the Native American Indigenous Games.

The presentation was made this summer during the Cowichan Education Symposium.

The 2110 Indigenous Games will be staged at Milwaukee. The 2112 World indigenous Games have been set for Winnipeg with a number of European Countries taking part.

New hockey team

Girls hockey has been revived at Pequot Lakes after an eight year absence.

It was the result of the renewed interest in the youth hockey ranks, enough to provide players at the varsity level.

Pequot will be joined by Pine River and Crosby Ironton in the new ventures. Pat Meacham, grandson of longtime Bemidji residents Don and Ardie Meacham, will serve as coach.

The Patriots dropped their opener 4-1 to Rapids. They will compete in the Mid State Conference this winter.

Quick ouster

Two of the three NSIC football teams bowed out quickly in the NCAA-II playoffs. Ashland University ended the Mankato year 27-19 while Wayne State fell at Chadron State 23-17. Chadron met Duluth yesterday in the second round.

Cross country meet

Minnesota's 2A high school champions, the Wayzata boys and Eden Prairie girls, both won team titles at the Nike regional meet at Sioux Falls to advance to the national meet Dec. 6 at Portland, Ore.

The top two teams and top five individuals advanced to the nationals.

They included Jakub Zivec of Grand Rapids, Lukas Gemar of Moorhead and Drew Paradis and Jamie Piepenburg of Alexandria. Bemidji's Erik Truedson finished eighth in a field of 175.

Glas returns

Bemidji's Rich Glas made a triumphal return to area coaching, guiding Concordia to a 71-65 win over Morris. Ironically Morris was Glas' first head coaching job after graduating from BSU. He later coached at Willamette, Ore, served 18 years at North Dakota and spent the past two seasons as assistant at UNI.

Hockey rankings

Grand Rapids is ranked sixth in the 2A division while Roseau is first, Warroad fourth, Alexandria fifth, Crookston sixth and Hibbing eighth in the single A in the initial girls hockey rankings announced this week.

Bemidji will face all of the ranked teams, several of them twice.

In the pre-season boys state poll, Duluth East is ranked third, Roseau sixth and Moorhead 11 in Class AA.

In Class A, Duluth Marshall is listed second, Little Falls fourth, St. Cloud Cathedral fifth, Warroad seventh, International Falls ninth, Alexandria 12 and Duluth Denfeld 14.

Bemidji plays Roseau, Moorhead, Warroad, I. Falls and Alexandria.

Area All-Stars

Recent area All-Star team selections included Taylor Knight, Daniel Nelson and Dan Lissick of the WHA football team, Sharayah Day and Jessica Winter of the Laporte volleyball team, Brynn Joki and Amanda Hardy of the Grand Rapids volleyball team. and gridders Dylan Ungerecht of Kelliher-Northome, Mitch Rehkamp, Nick Halfman and Garner Edelman of Nevis and Matt Christopherson and Caleb Nelson of Laporte.

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