Last spring, Upsala tied with Royalton for its first conference title in school history.
With eight returning starters, the Cardinals expect nothing less than to be right back near the top of the Prairie Conference South Division this season.
Returning starters for the Cardinals include seniors Katie Ripplinger (short stop), Kaelin Smieja (catcher), Barb Kobylinski (first base) and Jenny Wuebkers (outfield), juniors Mariah Prokott (pitcher) and Kristin Wuebkers (pitcher), sophomore Amy Kobylinski (third base) and freshman Katlin Welinski (outfield).
New players looking to step in and contribute are juniors Rebecca Kulla and Abby Maciej.
In addition to bringing back an experienced team, the Cardinals are a very athletic group, head coach Mark Herbes said, and should be strong defensively.