Thursday sports recap: Upsala girls rout Pillager, Swanville boys top Osakis

Girls Basketball: Upsala 80, Pillager 29

Upsala senior Tracy Herzog sinks an early basket over a pair of Pillager defenders, Thursday, in an 80-29 Cardinals win. Herzog had 21 points, 13 rebounds and seven steals in the game.

A hot shooting start, and a few forgiving banked baskets off the backboard, allowed host Pillager to hang with seventh-ranked Upsala in the opening minutes.

But soon, reality set in, as the Cardinals used a 14-0 run to break open what was a 19-14 lead, then held the Huskies without a field goal the entire second half in an 80-29 drubbing.

Seniors Tracy Herzog and Aimee Pelzer each scored 21 points to lead Upsala, joined in double figures by sophomore Brooke Westrich with 13.

Sophomore Danica Cheney followed with nine points and senior Sadie Welinski had eight, while senior Alissa Zehrer pulled down 10 rebounds.


Girls Basketball: Princeton 59, Little Falls 26

Upsala senior Aimee Pelzer drains a mid-range jumper during Thursday’s 80-29 win at Pillager. Pelzer scored 21 points and distributed 13 assists in the game.

Princeton defeated host Little Falls 59-26 in the start of Granite Ridge Conference play.

Sophomore Kendra Pohlman scored seven points to lead the Flyers.


Boys Basketball: Swanville 68, Osakis 58

Swanville defeated Osakis 68-58 to improve to 2-0 on the season, led by senior Tren Dinius and sophomore Jordan Sales with 19 points apiece.

Senior Colten Kruzel contributed 12 points and junior Aaron Miller added eight.


Boys Basketball: St. John’s Prep 59, Royalton 43

Upsala sophomore Sara Herzog handles the ball near midcourt during Thursday’s 80-29 win at Pillager.

A cold night from the field doomed Royalton in a 59-43 loss to visiting St. John’s Prep.

Senior Justin Opatz led the Royals offensively with 15 points.


Wrestling: Holdingford 39, Aitkin 30

Holdingford topped Section 7A foe Aitkin 39-30, using wins from its final four wrestlers to erase a 30-18 deficit.


Girls Hockey: Brainerd-Little Falls 3, Alexandria 1

Brainerd-Little Falls netted its first win of the season over visiting Alexandria 3-1.

Senior Maren Brown, junior Kristina Anderson and sophomore C.J. Kendall scored goals for the Flying Warriors.

Nordic Skiing: Little Falls girls fourth, boys sixth at St. Cloud Tech

An informal meet was held at St. Cloud Tech due to dry conditions, with the Little Falls girls taking fourth place and boys earning sixth with several upperclassmen skiers not in the lineup.

Junior Maria Hauer was the top finisher, placing second in the girls race in 9:07.