And they're off. The Owatonna High School fall sports season began Monday as the girls tennis team went to Lakeville for a triangular. The Huskies dropped a 4-3 decision to Eden Prairie and lost 6-1 to Lakeville North. Weather permitting, OHS is scheduled to play at Mankato East Tuesday.

Coach Curt Matecjek said it was some tough competition to open the season, "I thought we competed really well against Eden Prairie. Fought really hard against Lakeville North. A lot of new players that got some great matches and experience."

Freshman Emma Herzog went 2-0 on the day, playing at number-four singles. Seniors Olivia Herzog and Alex Huemoeller split their matches playing at first and second singles. Junior Olivia McDermott played three singles.

The doubles teams on Monday were seniors Lauren Thamert and Olivia Shaw, senior Ashley Schladeroff with freshman Ellery Blacker, and junior Elizabeth Roesner with Allison Wasieleski.

Owatonna Activities Director Marc Achterkirch reports that the number of students out for fall activities is great. He says there are no restrictions locally on spectator attendance. However, some other school districts may have other protocols and fans should check before they go. OHS announced an online ticketing plan for the school year.

The local sports schedule for the remainder of the week follows.

Tuesday, August 24
Huskies girls tennis at Mankato East, with Red Wing (weather permitting)

Thursday, August 26
OHS boys soccer home versus Farmington
Owatonna girls tennis at Faribault
Huskies girls cross country at UW-River Falls
NRHEG volleyball home with Alden-Conger
Triton volleyball at Zumbrota-Mazeppa
Triton soccer opens their season

Friday, August 27
Medford cross country hosts a meet at River Bend Nature Center

Saturday, August 28
high school football scrimmages (OHS at Prior Lake, 9 am)
OHS girls soccer at Lakeville North, 3:00
Huskies boys soccer home against Hastings, 1:00

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