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Prep Athletics: Dragons fire up for fall

Offensive coordinator Jim Jackman works with the backs on Bierman Field, a practice area and home field for the eighth- and ninth-grade teams. Dragons head coach Jon Johnson said the field is being named after Bernie Bierman, the Litchfield native who was captain and All-America on the Minnesota Gophers' 1915 conference champion and later coached Minnesota's first national championship team in 1934. He would go on to coach five of the program's six national championship teams. Tribune photo by Rand Middl...1 / 2
Sophomore Kalley Spreiter, who played 1-doubles last fall, serves in a challenge match. She is the only full-time starter back from a team that lost nine seniors. Coach Matt Draeger's young team will open Monday at the Pine City Invite, the first of their 11 matches in an eight-day stretch. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton.2 / 2

The Litchfield Dragons were getting ready for another season on the courts and the football field Tuesday morning, and Litchfield native and U of M legend Bernie Bierman is being honored by the team this season.