Gov. Walz officially pauses Minnesota prep sports

East Grand Forks Sacred Heart's Paige Brandner hits the ball as Gabby Zimprich looks on in the second set Tuesday at Sacred Heart. Photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

ST. PAUL -- Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz officially ordered Wednesday a four-week pause of prep sports starting Saturday due to the ongoing battle with the coronavirus pandemic.

The emergency executive order essentially shuts down the high school football and volleyball seasons, although many football programs spent Wednesday trying to move Saturday playoff football games to Friday to beat the deadline.

The high school football season was scheduled to end Nov. 28, while the volleyball season was slated to end Dec. 12.

The order also delays the start of the winter sports schedule. Boys hockey and boys basketball were set to begin practice Monday.

Miller has covered sports at the Grand Forks Herald since 2004 and was the state sportswriter of the year in 2019 and 2022.

His primary beat is UND football but also reports on a variety of UND sports and local preps.

He can be reached at (701) 780-1121, or on Twitter at @tommillergf.
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