Let the games begin, or least the practices. Monday, August 16 marks the opening of the 2021-2022 high school sports season. Teams are scheduled to play their normal allotment of games and events with a full playoff slate and the usual spots for state tournaments. Keep your fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly.

If there are no pandemic interruptions, it will be the first full fall season since of 2019. Last year football started late and only played one playoff game. Volleyball was cut short with no playoffs. Other sports played out through a modified section schedule with no state tournaments.

Volleyball, soccer and cross country are adding classes this year. Owatonna will remain in the largest class for all sports except football. Blooming Prairie is moving up to AA in most sports. Triton is shifting to the Gopher Conference for the first time.

Season Openers for Owatonna, Blooming Prairie, NRHEG, Medford and Triton:
Football (all on Friday, September 3)
Owatonna at Rochester Mayo
Blooming Prairie at Hayfield
Medford at Rushford-Peterson
Kenyon-Wanamingo at NRHEG
Triton at Rochester Lourdes

Soccer:
Farmington at Huskies boys (Thursday, August 26)
Triton girls at LaCrescent (Thursday, August 26)
LaCrescent-Hokah at Triton (Thursday, August 26)
OHS girls at Lakeville North (Saturday, August 28)

Volleyball:
Alden-Conger at NRHEG (Thursday, August 26)
Triton at Zumbrota-Mazeppa (Thursday, August 26)
Goodhue at Blooming Prairie (Tuesday, August 31)
Owatonna at Austin (Thursday, September 2)
Medford at Zumbrota-Mazeppa (Thursday, September 2)

Cross Country:
OHS girls at UW-River Falls (Thursday, August 26)
Medford (with NRHEG) at River Bend Nature Center (Friday, August 27)
Huskies boys at Austin (Tuesday, August 31)
Blooming Prairie at Stewartville (Thursday, September 2)

Girls swim and dive:
Owatonna at Rochester JM (Thursday, September 2)

Girls tennis:
OHS at Lakeville North (Monday, August 23)

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