By PATRICK SLACK
The Upsala softball team rattled off three consecutive playoff wins to advance to the Section 5A tournament last season.
This spring, the Cardinals will look to build off of that, but will have to do so while replacing the majority of their line-up.
Upsala lost six players to graduation last year, including Amanda Wuebkers, Sam Gorka, Brooke Lampert, Angela Wuebkers, April Daerda and Marjorie Schleper.
Seniors Kristen Smieja and Miranda Voller and sophomore Alissa Zehrer return as starters.
“Some of our players started part time last year so we hope to build on that playing time,” Upsala head coach Marshall Doran said.
Doran said that he expects Royalton to be the favorite in the Prairie Conference South Division.
The Cardinals open the season at Browerville, April 12.