In a normal year, this would be week one of the regular season for high school football but 2015 is anything but normal. Thanks to a one-year shift in availability of the Prep Bowl venue, Minnesota high school football started two weeks early.
Ronald Katzenmaier, left, and George O’Gara display the Mendota Height Fire Department’s Fire Department of the Year award. O’Gara has been with the fire department for two years, and Katzenmaier retired after nearly 20 years of service, but hopes to soon come back as a reserve volunteer. (Erin Hinrichs/Review)
After serving with the Mendota Heights Fire Department for nearly 20 years — first as a firefighter and later as the lead fire prevention coordinator — Ronald Katzenmaier, 69, had to retire at the end of 2013.
The 2015 high school football schedule was already so different, what with the season starting two weeks earlier than normal because of stadium availability for the Prep Bowl. Then weather threw in another twist for week-one games on Saturday.
The high school football season began exceptionally early this year due to the fact there will be no indoor facility available for games come time for the Minnesota State High School Prep Bowl in November.
The 2015 season for girls swimming and diving is about to begin, and the Hill-Murray Pioneers are feeling optimistic after finishing 6-1 a year ago and second behind newcomer Hastings in their bid for the Metro East Conference title.