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MSHSL shakes up prep football landscape

Prep football got a big shakeup on Thursday.

Starting in 2015, Minnesota high school football teams will be arranged into “districts” in hopes teams will play schools with similar enrollments and in a closer vicinity to each other.

The Minnesota State High School League approved the action at its board of directors meeting Thursday.

All the details of the plan still need to be worked out. However, the districts will be comprised of either 14 or 16 teams and teams will play eight-game schedules. The districts will be created by the MSHSL and the league will place schools in those districts.

The MSHSL also approved changes to the schedule in 2015 in order to allow the use of the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium for the Prep Bowl.

Because the stadium is unavailable during the usual Prep Bowl dates, due to the Gophers and Vikings’ need to use the facility for its home games starting next fall, the prep season will start early.

Practice will start on Aug. 10 and the first week of the regular season will begin on Aug. 22. The Prep Bowl will be Nov. 14 and 15.

Also, the MSHSL shook up postseason softball by approving an increase in classes from three to four starting in 2015.

-Patrick Johnson

See the full MSHSL Board Meeting synopsis here:

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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