Cold, ice and snow complicated practice plans this week for teams in the Minnesota state high school football semifinals. Wintry weather is not the biggest challenge coaches and players at Minneapolis North have faced, and not because their nickname is the Polars.
It’s a huge week for the four teams that are left in each class. You’re playing for something that might have only seemed like a dream in August: A chance to play for a state championship. The teams that advance this week head to TCF Bank Stadium to play in the Prep Bowl, while the others wonder what might have been after getting so close.
Every high school football player that steps on the field in August has the goal of playing football in November. That means you’re in the state tournament, where anything is possible.
It’s early January and it’s bitterly cold outside, but that also means high school sports teams are entering the gauntlet that is the conference season. Many teams spent December playing non-conference competition both in tournaments and in some rivalry games to get the competitive juices flowing.
Friday’s warm but windy weather set the conditions for an amazing night of high school football. WCCO-TV had cameras at many of the big games, and John Lauritsen reported our featured game: Lourdes vs. the unbeaten Kasson-Mantorville.
If you weren’t able to attend some of the last high school football games of summer, we’ve got you covered. Below you will find our featured game as well as highlights from many others.
Not only does Charlie Adams keep things safe at Vikings games working sideline security as part of the Minneapolis police force, the officer is also the head coach of the Minneapolis North High School football team.
There was a time when just about every high school basketball team in the state feared facing Minneapolis North. But the Polars have not won a state title since 2003, and since then the school has fallen on hard times.
The tornado that ripped through north Minneapolis has impacted many, including a fearless community leader who is also a state championship basketball coach.