MORRIS – With Gov. Tim Walz’s announcement that the amateur fall sports season will end at midnight on Friday, teams across the state and in our area having been scrambling to reschedule games to fall in line with the new restrictions.
The reshuffling includes the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers football team, who have a new date, time and opponent.
The top-seeded Tigers will now host no. 2 Paynesville at 5:00 p.m. on Friday night for the section 5AA championship from Big Cat Stadium in Morris. That game can be hears on 1230 AM or 107.7 FM KMRS.
The Tigers beat the Bulldogs 34-30 back on Oct. 30th.
This is a change from the original schedule, which had the Tigers hosting Kimball on Saturday for the section semifinals. The Bulldogs were to play Eden Valley-Watkins, but now the Cubs and Eagles will play each other for third place on Friday night.
In 9-Man the section 4 semifinals have been moved from Saturday to Friday as well, meaning the top-seeded Hancock Owls will try to complete a perfect season and win their second straight section title when they face no. 4 Ortonville at 6:00 p.m.
The Trojans vs. Owls matchup will be broadcast on 95.7 KKOK.
No. 3 Wheaton/Herman-Norcross will travel to Verndale and face the no. 2 seed Pirates at 3:00 p.m.
In section 6AA no. 1 seed West Central Area/Ashby will host no. 5 Staples-Motley at 6:00, while no. 2 Osakis hosts no. 3 Pillager at 3:00.
The section 6AAA title game features no. 1 Albany hosting no. 2 Pierz at 6:00, while no. 3 Minnewaska will be at home when they face no. 4 New London-Spicer for the section third place game.
In area volleyball the Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta Tigers will squeeze in two more matches before the season concludes, hosting Minnewaska on Thursday night and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley on Friday.
Also on Thursday Benson hosts BOLD, West Central Area will travel to Wheaton to face the Warriors, Ortonville hosts CGB, Brandon-Evansville is at Parkers Prairie and Ashby is hosting Rothsay.
Other season-ending Friday matches include Benson at home against West Central Area, and the Chargers host Park Christian in Evansville.