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Minnesota sports to pause at 11:59 p.m. on Friday

“Kind of a bummer, but we’ll get through it.”

Posted: Nov 19, 2020 12:39 AM

KIMT NEWS 3 SPORTS – Under Emergency Executive Order 20-99 from Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, adult and youth sports will be placed on pause at 11:59 p.m. on November 20. This means that all indoor and outdoor sports “including practices, group workouts, games, and tournaments” will be on hold through December 18. Professional and collegiate sports are exempt, though no spectators will be allowed.

As a former football coach, Gov. Walz acknowledged the “positive health impacts and unique developmental and social benefits of sports. But the 192 outbreaks connected to sports are too concerning to let these activities continue during this dial back.”

Teams across the state were once again devastated when they learned the news.

“As an athletic director, teacher and coach, this is my 27th year and it’s without a doubt the most challenging year I’ve had,” Lonnie Morken told KIMT News 3.

This marks the second time this year coaches and administrators had to deliver such news to their teams. After Friday, their seasons are over.

“I understand it’s not easy and it’s not fair, but it’s a sacrifice that we need to make,” Walz said.

While Morken is understanding of the situation, he says it doesn’t make digesting Wednesday’s announcement any easier.

“We had a team meal at the Legion in town here and our team was there and we watched the announcement by the governor. I ended up leaving, most of our team is still up there and they’re just kind of consoling each other and they’re crying and everything,” he said.

According to a press release from the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), section football play must be completed by the end of Friday. Most games were scheduled for Saturday forcing teams to shuffle section championships one day earlier.

The volleyball regular season must also wrap up by Friday night. The chance to play one or two more games means the world to Morken and teams across the state.

“It’s certainly not the way we wanted the season to end but like I told the girls after practice tonight – I’m proud to be their coach, I’m so happy that I got to experience what I did. Now we’ve played 12 games and it could have been zero, it could have been nothing.”

Morken also expressed his concern for the mental health of students saying they all need positive influences in their life to help them through this difficult time. Once the season concludes, he plans to find ways to keep his athletes active and connected.

“I’m sure we’ll stay in touch with the volleyball girls on some chats and stuff and see if we can get out and go sledding maybe, or go build snowmen, ice skate or do something, but it will be a much more challenging time to keep people active than it was in the spring,” he said. “Kind of a bummer, but we’ll get through it.”

Morken anticipates more guidance from the MSHSL in the days ahead on how this will impact the winter sports season.

Minnesota Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 276500

Reported Deaths: 3321
CountyCasesDeaths
Hennepin590031089
Ramsey24988472
Anoka19724213
Dakota19215176
Washington12538106
Stearns1226689
Scott753854
St. Louis740897
Wright663436
Olmsted610130
Sherburne512539
Clay445155
Carver409712
Blue Earth373511
Rice361431
Kandiyohi348215
Crow Wing316130
Nobles296028
Chisago28398
Otter Tail266615
Benton261940
Winona246128
Mower236722
Polk228621
Douglas219829
Morrison211621
Lyon193711
McLeod18879
Beltrami184615
Goodhue177626
Becker17559
Itasca168924
Steele16756
Todd165312
Isanti165015
Carlton153610
Nicollet146523
Freeborn13935
Mille Lacs132830
Le Sueur13219
Waseca129710
Cass12018
Pine11926
Brown117510
Meeker10797
Roseau9923
Martin98220
Hubbard97022
Wabasha9121
Dodge7850
Redwood78018
Watonwan7754
Chippewa7697
Sibley7094
Renville70818
Cottonwood7060
Wadena7006
Aitkin68923
Pipestone67018
Rock6439
Houston6152
Fillmore6050
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Pennington5356
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Murray5283
Swift4976
Pope4820
Faribault4750
Stevens4442
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Jackson4091
Lake3584
Unassigned34356
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Grant2346
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Lake of the Woods871
Cook580

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Cases: 213603

Reported Deaths: 2193
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Polk31707324
Linn13442161
Scott1040375
Black Hawk10393127
Woodbury9932114
Johnson911635
Dubuque879290
Story647619
Dallas602856
Pottawattamie585166
Sioux351925
Webster335930
Marshall332942
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Clinton307737
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Muscatine270366
Des Moines270116
Plymouth259537
Warren258510
Wapello242871
Jones222212
Jasper206639
Marion194418
Carroll190920
Lee190315
Bremer182612
Henry17087
Crawford170615
Benton160315
Tama146340
Jackson13758
Delaware136221
Washington131313
Boone128811
Dickinson127510
Mahaska121327
Wright11625
Buchanan11009
Page10834
Hardin107510
Clay10624
Clayton10234
Harrison102328
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Calhoun10047
Mills9886
Fayette9768
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Lyon9668
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Winneshiek90310
Iowa88011
Winnebago87523
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Hancock8067
Grundy79710
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Shelby7265
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