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Area high school sports schedule

(Events are subject to change due to weather conditions or other factors)

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Softball - Section 6A Tournament in Morris - Browerville-Eagle Valley vs West Central Area 3:00pm

- Upsala vs Wheaton-Herman-Norcross 3:00pm

- New York Mills vs Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley 4:30pm

- Additional Elimination Bracket Game

Softball - Section 6AA Tournament in Waite Park - Pierz vs Paynesville 5:00pm

- Pequot Lakes vs Albany 5:00pm

- St. Cloud Cathedral vs Kimball 7:00pm

- Additional Elimination Bracket Game

Softball Section 5A Tournament in Walker - Sebeka vs Kelliher/Northhome Noon

- Mille Lacs vs Hill City 2:00pm

- Additional Elimination Bracket Game 4:00pm

Baseball - Section 6A Tournament (first round at higher seeds)

North Half Games:

- #7 Hillcrest Lutheran Academy at #2 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 5:00pm

- #8 Rothsay at #1 Parkers Prairie 5:00pm

- #6 Browerville-Eagle Valley at #3 Breckenridge 5:0pm

- #5 Brandon-Evansville at #4 Ashby 5:00pm

South Half Games:

- #7 Ortonville at #2 Upsala/Swanville 5:00pm

- #6West Central Area at #3 Border West 5:00pm

- #5 Hancock at #4 Benson 5:00pm

Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa is the top seed with a bye into the second round on Thursday

Baseball - Section 6AA Tournament (first round at higher seeds)

- #16 Sauk Centre at #1 Holdingford 5:00pm

- #15 Osakis at #2 Foley 5:00pm

- #12 Pillager at #5 Albany 5:00pm

- #11 Spectrum at #6 St. Cloud Cathedral 5:00pm

- #9 Wadena-Deer Creek at #8 Staples-Motley 5:00pm

- #14 Royalton at #3 Pierz 7:00pm

- #13 Annadale at #4 Eden Valley-Watkins 7:00pm

- #10 Kimball at #7 Melrose 7:00pm

Baseball - Section 5A Second Round (at higher seed)

- Pine River-Backus at Braham 5:00pm

- Ogilvie at Mille Lacs in Isle 5:00pm

- Sebeka at New York Mills 5:00pm

- Walker-Hackensack-Akeley at Nevis 5:00pm

Wednesday, May 29, 2024

Boys and Girls Track & Field - Section 5A Meet - Upsala/Swanville, Melrose, Holdingford, Royalton, Pierz, Paynesville, Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, St. John's Prep, Braham, Onamia, East Central, Eden Valley-Watkins/Kimball, Pine City, Mora, Litchfield, St. Cloud Cathedral, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winstead, Rush City, Hinckley-Finlayson, Maple Lake and Ogilvie at St. John's University 10:30am

Boys Golf - Osakis at Staples-Motley at Craguns Legacy Golf Course 12:00pm

KEYL and Hot Rod Radio are proud of our Sports Director - Kevin Houdek 

KEYL/KXDL Sports Director Kevin Houdek honored with WCCO Viewers’ Choice For Best H.S. Football Announcer In Minnesota 

Kevin Houdek has been calling games for the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder for 30 years. His knowledge of the teams and the game sheds a bright light for those who can’t attend.

“People all over the country [listen in],” Houdek said. “A guy from Browerville that’s down in Arizona, I’ll get a text from him every once and a while, you know, saying, ‘Great game.'”

On this night, the Thunder are playing the Staples-Motley Cardinals. Both teams were 0-2 — and hungry for a win.

“It’s not life or death,” he said. “It’s to have a good time and stay professional, and remember you’re broadcasting for two teams, not just your home team.”

WCCO Viewers Choice For Best H.S. Game Announcer In Minnesota

Kevin Houdek (credit: CBS)

Sports teams and the media often clash, but Houdek has earned the respect of Activities Director Dan Zetah.

“Our coaches … really like him and respect him,” Zetah said. “He’s very savvy with the numbers, with stats. You ask him a stat about something, he’s got it right there.”

Listening to Houdek — as he delivers names and stats with computer-like precision — might be overwhelming to some, but it’s like poetry to someone who’s into the game.

“I think you can get some broadcasters … that can maybe get a little more opinionated or maybe get negative more, if you want to use that term. He doesn’t get that way at all,” Zetah said.

And it’s clear that Houdek loves his work.

“It’s so much fun,” he said. “As I’ve gotten older, I’ve appreciated it even more. Even at this level, I go to a game and every night I know somebody’s going to do something amazing.”

So if you’re ever driving through central Minnesota on game night, tune your radio to 1400 AM to hear the small-town guy who, in his own way, has hit the big time.

“A teenager’s going to pull off a big play, or they’re going to play their best game ever, and everybody’s having fun, and I’m having fun, too,” Houdek said.

-- Courtesy WCCO




He was recognized at the 11th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on April 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium.


MINNEAPOLIS, MN - April 16, 2018 - Longtime radio sports director and broadcaster Kevin Houdek will receive the Sid Hartman Media Award from the Minnesota Chapter of the National Football Foundation. He was recognized at the 11th Annual Minnesota Football Honors on April 29 at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Houdek has spent 30 years as the sports director at KEYL/KXDL Radio in Long Prairie, Minnesota. Last fall he won WCCO TV’s Viewers’ Choice Award for Best High School Football Announcer. Houdek has been providing play-by-play for the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder for three decades.

In addition to football, Houdek has broadcast other high school sports including volleyball, boys’ and girls’ basketball, boys’ and girls’ hockey, wrestling, baseball and softball. He has covered Minnesota State High School League state tournament games for many of those sports for his station and the Minnesota Sports Broadcast Network.

Houdek is a Minnesota native who attended Danube High School before getting his associate’s degree in radio and television broadcasting at Brown Institute in Minneapolis. He is also a volunteer coach for youth baseball and wrestling and women’s slo-pitch softball, and is a 15 year veteran of the Long Prairie volunteer fire department.

The Sid Hartman Media Award is named after the Star Tribune’s most famous sports writer who is still covering local teams at age 98.





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