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Area high school sports schedule
Friday September 24, 2021
Football - Upsala/Swanville Area @ Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in Belgrade on 99.7FM Hot Rod Radio and on the internet at keylkxdl.com 7pm
Football - Kimball @ LPGE on 1400AM & 103.1FM KEYL and on the internet at keylkxdl.com 7pm
Football - Benson @ Browerville/Eagle Valley 7pm
Football - Barnesville @ Osakis 7pm
Football - Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City @ Maple Lake 7pm
Football - Eden Valley-Watkins @ Paynesville 7pm
Football - Hillcrest Lutheran Academy @ Bertha-Hewitt 7pm
Football - Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted @ Holdingford 7pm
Football - Melrose @ Morris 7pm
Football - Montevideo @ Minnewaska Area 7pm
Football - Parkers Prairie @ Pelican Rapids 7pm
Football - Pillager @ Staples-Motley 7pm
Football - Sauk Centre @ Royalton 7pm
Football - Red Lake @ Wadena-Deer Creek 7pm
Football - BOLD @ KMS 7pm
Football - West Central @ Hawley 7pm
Saturday September 25, 2021
Volleyball Tournament - LPGE, Aitkin, Floodwood, Holdingford, Mora, Rush City & Zimmerman at Pierz 9am
Boys & Girls Cross Country Meet - Milaca Mega Meet - LPGE plus 100+ more schools at Stone Creek Golf Course in Milaca 10am
Volleyball Tournament - Browerville/Eagle Valley, Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley, Menagha, New London-Spicer, Northern Freeze, Park Christian & West Central Area at Parkers Prairie 9am
Monday September 27, 2021
Girls Tennis Traingular - LPGE & Pequot Lakes at Sauk Centre 2pm
Girls Tennis - Benson @ Osakis 4pm
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. Game Announcer In MinnesotaKevin 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.”
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
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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