Be listening for our sports updates at 6:20am, 7:20am, 8:20am, 12:20pm & 5:20pm on Hometown Radio KEYL and 99.7FM Hot Rod Radio 

 

Area Sports Calendar

 

Tuesday December 11, 2018

Boys BB - Browerville-Eagle Valley @ Osakis - Varsity game at 7:15pm on 99.7FM Hot Rod Radio and on the internet at MSBNSports.net 4:45pm

Boys BB - LPGE @ Royalton 5:45pm

Boys BB - Upsala @ St John's Prep 5:45pm

Boys BB - Swanville @ Staples-Motley 5:45pm

Wrestling Triangular - Minnewaska Area & Pierz @ LPGE/Browerville in Long Prairie 5pm

Wrestling Triangular - United North Central & West Central Area @ Osakis 5pm

Boys Hockey - Little Falls vs Prairie Centre in Long Prairie 5:15pm

Girls BB - Osakis @ Litchfield 5:30pm

Girls BB - Verndale @ Upsala 5:45pm

Girls Hockey - Prairie Centre vs Morris-Benson in Morris 7pm

 

Thursday December 13, 2018

Girls BB - Browerville-Eagle Valley @ LPGE - Varsity game at 7:30pm on 99.7FM Hot Rod Radio and on the internet at MSBNSports.net

Girls BB - Royalton @ Osakis 5:45pm

Girls BB - Upsala @ Swanville 5:45pm

Wrestling Triangular - Royalton-Upsala and ACGC @ Eden Valley-Watkins 5pm

Boys BB - Browerville-Eagle Valley @ Parkers Prairie 5pm

Girls Hockey - Willmar vs Prairie Centre at Long Prairie 7pm

Boys Hockey - Prairie Centre vs Mora-Milaca at Mora 7pm

 

Friday December 14, 2018

Wresstling Tournament - LPGE/Browerville, Aitkin, Mora, Morris Area, Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway, New York Mills, Park Rapids Area, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, Pierz, Roseau, Sauk Centre/Melrose, Spectrum, Staples-Motley, Thief River Falls, United South Central, Virginia Area, Wadena-Deer Creek, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville, Minnewaska Area, Mahnomen/Waubun, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena, Andover, Barnesville, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie, Crosby-Ironton, Crookston, Deer River, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Fergus Falls, Fertile-Beltrami, Fosston/Bagley, Frazee, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River, Hibbing, Hutchinson, Lakeville North & Detroit Lakes at the Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake-Bena High School 10am. The tournament continues Saturday morning at 10am.

Wrestling Invitational - Royalton-Upsala, Goodhue, Maple Grove, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Robbinsdale Armstrong, Proctor, Rogers, Stewartville, Grand Rapids, Armstrong, Rush City, St Croix Falls, & Champlin Park at Chisago Lakes  10am

Boys BB - Upsala @ Osakis 4:45pm

Boys BB - Royalton @ Swanville 5pm

Boys BB - St John's Prep @ LPGE - Varsity game at 7:15pm on 99.7FM Hot Rod Radio and on the internet at MSBNSports.net

Girls BB - St John's Prep @ Ogilvie 5:45pm

Girls BB - LPGE @ Park Rapids 6pm

 

Saturday Deember 15, 2018

Wrestling Tournament - LPGE/Browerville, Aitkin, Mora, Morris Area, Nashwauk-Keewatin/Greenway, New York Mills, Park Rapids Area, Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus, Pierz, Roseau, Sauk Centre/Melrose, Spectrum, Staples-Motley, Thief River Falls, United South Central, Virginia Area, Wadena-Deer Creek, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley/Nevis, West Central Area/Ashby/Brandon-Evansville, Minnewaska Area, Mahnomen/Waubun, Blackduck/Cass Lake-Bena, Andover, Barnesville, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie, Crosby-Ironton, Crookston, Deer River, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Fergus Falls, Fertile-Beltrami, Fosston/Bagley, Frazee, Badger/Greenbush-Middle River, Hibbing, Hutchinson, Lakeville North & Detroit Lakes at the Big Bear Tournament at Cass Lake-Bena High School 10am

Boys & Girls BB Doubleheader - Browerville-Eagle Valley @ Nevis 1pm

Girls Hockey - Austin vs Prairie Centre in Sauk Centre 1pm

Boys Hockey - Bagley/Fosston vs Prairie Centre in Sauk Centre 3pm

 

Tuesday December 18, 2018

Wrestling Quad - Osakis, BOLD & Quad County at Paynesville 4pm

Wrestling Triangular - LPGE/Browerville & Little Falls at Aitkin 5pm

Girls BB - Swanville @ LPGE - varsity game at 6pm on 99.7FM Hot Rod Radio and on the internet at MSBNSports.net.

Girls BB - Osakis @ Browerville-Eagle Valley 4:45pm

Girls BB - Upsala @ Royalton 5:45pm

Boys BB - Verndale @ LPGE - varsity game on at 7:30pm on 99.7FM Hot Rod Radio and on the internet at MSBNSports.net

Boys BB - Upsala @ Belgrade-Brootne-Elrosa 5:45pm

Boys BB - Royalton @ Onamia 5:45pm

Boys BB - Wadena-Deer Creek @ Osakis 5:45pm

Boys Hockey - Prairie Centre @ Wadena-Deer Creek 5:15pm

 

 

KEYL and Hot Rod Radio are proud of our Sports Director - Kevin Houdek 

  

KEYL/KXDL Sports Director Kevin Houdek honored with WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best H.S. Game Announcer In Minnesota 

Kevin Houdek has been calling games for the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder for 30 years. His knowledge of the teams and the game sheds a bright light for those who can’t attend.  

“People all over the country [listen in],” Houdek said. “A guy from Browerville that’s down in Arizona, I’ll get a text from him every once and a while, you know, saying, ‘Great game.'”

On this night, the Thunder are playing the Staples-Motley Cardinals. Both teams were 0-2 — and hungry for a win.

“It’s not life or death,” he said. “It’s to have a good time and stay professional, and remember you’re broadcasting for two teams, not just your home team.”

WCCO Viewers Choice For Best H.S. Game Announcer In Minnesota

Kevin Houdek (credit: CBS)

Sports teams and the media often clash, but Houdek has earned the respect of Activities Director Dan Zetah.

“Our coaches … really like him and respect him,” Zetah said. “He’s very savvy with the numbers, with stats. You ask him a stat about something, he’s got it right there.”

Listening to Houdek — as he delivers names and stats with computer-like precision — might be overwhelming to some, but it’s like poetry to someone who’s into the game.

“I think you can get some broadcasters … that can maybe get a little more opinionated or maybe get negative more, if you want to use that term. He doesn’t get that way at all,” Zetah said.

And it’s clear that Houdek loves his work.

“It’s so much fun,” he said. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve appreciated it even more. Even at this level, I go to a game and every night I know somebody’s going to do something amazing.”

So if you’re ever driving through central Minnesota on game night, tune your radio to 1400 AM to hear the small-town guy who, in his own way, has hit the big time.

“A teenager’s going to pull off a big play, or they’re going to play their best game ever, and everybody’s having fun, and I’m having fun, too,” Houdek said.

-- Courtesy WCCO

 

KEVIN HOUDEK NAMED SID HARTMAN MEDIA AWARD WINNER


 

He was recognized at the 11th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on April 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - April 16, 2018 - Longtime radio sports director and broadcaster Kevin Houdek will receive the Sid Hartman Media Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He was recognized at the 11th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on April 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Houdek has spent 30 years as the sports director at KEYL/KXDL Radio in Long Prairie, Minnesota. Last fall he won WCCO TV’s Viewers’ Choice Award for Best High School Football Announcer. Houdek has been providing play-by-play for the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder for three decades.

In addition to football, Houdek has broadcast other high school sports including volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ hockey, wrestling, baseball and softball. He has covered Minnesota State High School League state tournament games for many of those sports for his station and the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network.

Houdek is a Minnesota native who attended Danube High School before getting his associate’s degree in radio and television broadcasting at Brown Institute in Minneapolis. He is also a volunteer coach for youth baseball and wrestling and women’s slo-pitch softball, and is a 15 year veteran of the Long Prairie volunteer fire department.

The Sid Hartman Media Award is named after the Star Tribune’s most famous sports writer who is still covering local teams at age 98.