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Area Sports Calendar
Tuesday October 16, 2018
Girls Tennis Section 5A Individual Tournament - LPGE/USA, Sauk Centre, Melrose, Annandale, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, New London-Spicer & St John's Prep at Sartell 8am
Girls Tennis Section 6A Individual Tournament - Osakis, Minnewaska Area, Yellow Medicine East, MACCRAY, Benson/Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg, Lac Qui Parle Valley/Dawson-Boyd & Morris at Fargo 9am
Boys & Girls Cross Country - Osakis, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Eden Valley-Watkins, Holdingford, Maple Lake, Paynesville, St John's Prep, Pierz & Royalton at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 4pm
Volleyball - LPGE @ Crosby-Ironton 5:45pm
Volleyball - Osakis @ Paynesville 5:45pm
Wednesday Oct 17, 2018
Football - LPGE @ Wadena-Deer Creek on 1400AM KEYL and on the internet at MSBNSports.net 7pm
Football - Browerville-Eagle Valley @ Parkers Prairie on 99.7FM Hot Rod Radio and on the internet at MSBNSports.net 7pm
Football - Osakis @ Montevideo 7pm
Football - Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa @ Upsala/Swanville Area 7pm
Football - Royalton @ Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg 7pm
Thursday October 18, 2018
Volleyball Tournament - Osakis, Foley, Hibbing, Maple Grove, Princeton, St Cloud Cathedral & Waseca at Sartell 9am....This is a JV and Varsity tournament.
Volleyball Tournament - Bertha-Hewitt, Holdingford, Isle, Milaca, Pierz, Royalton, St Cloud Apollo, Staples-Motley & Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Upsala 9am
Monday October 22, 2018
Volleyball - Swanville @ Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa 4:45pm
Volleyball - Royalton @ Eden Vallley-Watkins 5:45pm
Volleyball - Upsala @ Holdingford 5:45pm
CHAMPIONS WILL BE CROWNED TODAY AT OUR LOCAL SECTION GIRLS INDIVIDUAL TENNIS TOURNAMENTS.
THE SECTION FIVE-A INDIVIDUAL GIRLS TENNIS TOURNAMENT CONTINUES TODAY WITH INDIVIDUAL SINGLES AND DOUBLES SEMI-FINAL MATCHES BEGINNING AT 8:00 THIS MORNING AT STAY-FIT IN SARTELL.LONG PRAIRIE-GREY EAGLE/SWANVILLE-UPSALA AREA SENIOR ALLISON ECKER IS THE NUMBER TWO SEED IN THE INDIVIDUAL SINGLES TOURNAMENT.ECKER WILL TAKE ON NUMBER THREE SEED SOPHOMORE AVA HANSON OF NEW LONDON-SPICER IN TODAY’S OPENING ROUND.THE OTHER SINGLES SEMI-FINAL MATCH HAS TOP SEED SOPHOMORE ELISE BIERBAUM OF LITCHFIELD GOING AGAINST FOURTH SEED SOPHOMORE JENNA GROTH OF ANNANDALE.
IN THE SECTION FIVE-A INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES SEMI-FINAL MATCHES THIS MORNING, TOP SEEDS AVERY STILLWELL AND SHANNA KINNEY OF LITCHFIELD TAKE ON FOURTH SEEDS OLIVIA HONSEY AND FAITH MILNER OF ANNANDALE.THE OTHER SEMI-FINAL MATCH HAS THE NUMBER TWO SEEDS ERIN LOTERBAUER AND IZZY SCHMEISING OF NEW LONDON-SPICER TAKING ON THE NUMBER THREE SEEDS LANEY HUHNER AND VAIDA BEHNKE OF LITCHFIELD.
WINNERS OF TODAY’S SEMIFINAL MATCHES WILL ADVANCE TO THE CHAMPIONSHIP MATCHES AT 10:00 THIS MORNING. THE LOSERS OF THE SEMIFINAL MATCHES WILL MEET IN THE THIRD PLACE MATCH AND ALSO HAVE A CHANCE AT A TRUE SECOND MATCH.
THE SECTION SIX-A INDIVIDUAL GIRLS TENNIS TOURNAMENT CONTINUES TODAY WITH INDIVIDUAL SINGLES AND DOUBLES SEMI-FINAL MATCHES BEGINNING AT 9:00 THIS MORNING AT COURTS PLUS IN FARGO. OSAKIS SOPHOMORE TIA DYKEMA IS THE NUMBER TWO SEED IN THE INDIVIDUAL SINGLES TOURNAMENT.DYKEMA WILL TAKE ON NUMBER THREE SEED JUNIOR ANNA HACKER OF LAC QUI PARLE VALLEY/DAWSON-BOYD IN TODAY’S OPENING ROUND.THE OTHER SINGLES SEMI-FINAL MATCH HAS TOP SEED JUNIOR DANIELLE THORFINNSON OF MINNEWASKA AREA GOING AGAINST FOURTH SEED SOPHOMORE KORI DOUGLAS OF MONTEVIDEO.
IN THE SECTION SIX-A INDIVIDUAL DOUBLES THIS MORNING IT’S ALL OSAKIS AND MINNEWASKA AREA IN THE SEMI-FINAL MATCHES AS THE NUMBER TWO SEEDS SHEA OLSON AND CAMRYN HOFFARTH OF OSAKIS TAKE ON SIXTH SEEDS HANNAH ORLOWSKI AND KARRA HANSON OF MINNEWASKA.THE OTHER SEMI-FINAL MATCH HAS THE NUMBER FOUR SEEDS LAUREN SCHERR AND MARA VANNYHUIS OF OSAKIS TAKING ON THE TOP SEEDS GRETA REICHMANN AND ALISSA THORFINNSON OF MINNEWASKA AREA.
THE TOP TWO FINISHERS IN EACH INDIVIDUAL SINGLES AND DOUBLES TOURNAMENTS WILL ADVANCE TO THE STATE CLASS-A GIRLS TENNIS TOURNAMENT TO BE HELD OCTOBER 23RD THRU THE 26TH IN MINNEAPOLIS.
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 MinnesotaKevin 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.”
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
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.