Saturday, December 4, 2021

Spring is here! It’s tournament time

Minnesotans know it’s spring when Old Man Winter teases us with some spring-like temperatures and then dumps a boatload of snow on us! That defining occurrence is out of the way, so it’s on to the traditional sign of spring–high school tournament time!

Hockey playoffs have begun (boys and girls), with the state tournament slated for the Excel Center in St. Paul.

Wrestling is underway with our local grapplers vying for individual honors at state.

Following on the heels of hockey and wrestling is girls and boys basketball tourney action.

In a normal year, there would be an avalanche of community pride, celebration and search for tickets to every match, ball game and arena pass. Not in 2021. Although this year, the state high school league, under the governor’s authoritative leadership did not abruptly cancel these tournaments. However, attendance is limited to family and media. Ouch!

Even our energized wrestling photographer/reporter, Tammy Kennedy was concerned about covering wrestling competition for the DCI. I had to submit an application to the Minnesota State High School League, the governing body that issues press credentials at each level of competition. Even though Tammy is a wrestling Mom and has a ticket to the matches, she was not guaranteed access to the mat level for photos.

Hockey on the other hand was a bit easier to gain access via Broc, the AD at K-M. All games were played on the Wildcats’ home ice. Last Thursday’s game at the Dodge County Ice Arena against Waseca, the Wildcats shot the Bluejays full of holes with a 6-0 trouncing.

Saturday was the first day of spring, but hockey wasn’t done.

While winter sports wrap up in March-April, baseball, golf and track are in the starting gate waiting for their sports to begin.

On a side note: Recently there have been assaults on Asian-Americans, with six Asian-Americans killed in Atlanta. It’s one more signal that we need to support those people who have a different cultural background than a majority of people. We are fortunate to have an Asian family living in Kasson, Byron and Dodge Center. We are blessed to have them among us. Let’s support them, not the bigots who insist on segregating us.

 

 

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