Big games in Week 1

Posted on August 30th, 2009 – 7:47 PM
By John Millea

I have a good idea where I will be this week as we kick off the football season. We’ll have games on Thursday and Friday, which makes it a super-special double-bonus week.

But before I tip my hand on the games I’m planning to attend, let’s hear your thoughts on the big, bigger and biggest contests on tap. Where would you like to see the Vaunted Strib Prep Staff fan out on Thursday and Friday?

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In Alaska, they’ve played four games

Posted on August 29th, 2009 – 1:14 PM
By John Millea

 Can’t wait to get the football season started? Well, in Alaska this is Week 4 of the prep gridiron season.  

HERE’S A SLIDEHOW of photos from last night’s games via the Anchorage Daily News.

Let’s debate the Metro Top 10

Posted on August 28th, 2009 – 3:32 PM
By John Millea

Football is on the cusp of kickoff and one of my missions is to put together a Metro Top 10. This is where all you denizens of the prep blogosphere come in.

I’ve got a pretty good handle on the top three teams, but that still leaves seven spots on the list.

The Top 10 will be part of our prep football special section, which hits the newsstands on Wednesday.

Who is deserving? Let’s discuss …

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A new football showplace

Posted on August 27th, 2009 – 1:06 PM
By John Millea

You’re going to read more about this (hint, hint … our preseason prep football section comes out next week), but the new football stadium at Farmington High School is something special. It’s a top-loading facility with 3,000 seats, large plazas behind behind both sides, a grass berm behind one end zone and a three-story glass wall towering behind the other end zone.

I was chatting with Sean McMenomy, the new coach at DeLaSalle — which has a new stadium for the first time in history — and he said of the Farmington stadium, “I’ve been telling people, ‘You guys have to drive down and see this place, it is amazing.’ It’s the kind of thing you see on college campuses, not high schools.”

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The latest update

Posted on August 25th, 2009 – 5:10 PM
By John Millea

I just finished writing a story for tomorrow’s paper, and here are some of the things I learned from making lots of phone and email contacts today …

–Prior Lake could be a big player in all this. I confirmed that Prior Lake is actively looking to leave the Missota for a new conference, and the idea of joining up with EP and the four Classic Lake schools is a real possibility as soon as 2010-11.

–Bloomington Kennedy and Jefferson could end up in the Missota by next fall. The move of Chaska and Chanhassen from the Lake to the Missota could pave the way for that to happen.

–Lake decisions could come quickly. Lake bylaws state that schools leaving the league must make that decision by Oct. 1 for the move to take effect the following fall. So if anybody wants to leave the Lake for 2010-11, they must decide in the next few weeks.

–This blog is read by some of the major figures in this situation. One of the people heavily involved in this told me today, “I read through some of the comments (after the MSHSL meeting), and I think some people who are regular bloggers are really right on with their comments.”

Nice going, folks.

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