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Sports briefs: Augustana atop NSIC football poll

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Augustana first in NSIC football poll

Augustana University of Sioux Falls, S.D., has finished atop the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) preseason football poll. Bemidji State was second, and Minnesota Duluth was third. Minnesota State-Mankato and the University of Sioux Falls tied for fourth place, followed by Winona State, Northern State, Wayne State, MSU-Moorhead, UMary, Concordia-St. Paul, Minot State, Southwest Minnesota State University and Upper Iowa.

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Augustana, which narrowly out-polled Minnesota State in the South Division 32 points to 31, was predicted to win the NSIC South Division and Bemidji State the North Division.

Sioux Falls senior running back Thuro Reisdorfer won the South Division Preseason Offensive Player of the Year honors, and Augustana senior defensive back Eli Weber won South Division Preseason Defensive Player of the year.

SMSU senior running back Jesse Sherwood (Minneapolis) and SMSU senior linebacker Onte Burns (Plymouth) were chosen as “players to watch.”

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Prep Bowl moved to December

High school football fans will have to wait another week to see who will be crowned the 2022 Minnesota state champions. The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL), in discussions with the Minnesota Football Coaches Association, has moved the Prep Bowl back one week to Dec. 2 and 3 at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.

Typically, Prep Bowl games are played over the Thanksgiving weekend. But this year, the Minnesota Vikings have a Nov. 24 game scheduled against the New England Patriots.

High school state tournament semifinal games are scheduled for Nov. 17-19 at U.S. Bank Stadium. The start of practice for Minnesota high school football teams is Aug. 15.

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