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Putting together a lineup entirely of underclassmen can offer some big challenges, yet it does offer one big bonus: everyone will be back the following year. That will be the case for Upsala this fall, as a talented group now has a full year of starting experience, and perhaps as importantly, time spent alongside one [...]

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The Swanville volleyball team possesses a nucleus of players that have spent most of their high school careers playing together. That string included a one-year hiatus from one of their key pieces last season, with Stephanie Koetter forced to the sidelines due to injury. Now a senior, Koetter returns to the volleyball court as an [...]

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The goal isn’t to make opposing teams dislike them. But if Holdingford has its way, it will be a likely byproduct, as the Huskers look to develop a rigid block. “We hope to build a reputation for solid blocking,” Holdingford head coach Brenda Payne said. “This year’s motto is ‘mind over matter.’ Strong communication and [...]

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One group brings back six runners from last season’s Granite Ridge Conference (GRC) meet. The other has an almost entirely new look. The Flyers girls cross country team will have an experience-laden, albeit still young team this fall, while the Little Falls boys will need to replace four key seniors that helped lead to a [...]

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Despite missing almost all of last season due to injury, Zach Carlson still very nearly advanced to the state cross country meet, something he did as a sophomore. Now a senior, Carlson, who placed at state in track in the spring, will team up with fellow senior Tremayne Collins to pace a talented Royalton boys [...]

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Senior Kyle Becker has done just about everything in his Pierz career. Earning letters? Been there, done that, all five years. He’s also been first team All-Central Minnesota Conference (CMC) and the Pioneers’ unquestioned leader from a young age. Now fully healthy, his head coach Rey Zimney believes he can push himself even further in [...]

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Having already been a performer on the state level as a sophomore, it might not be entirely accurate to term Andrew Zachman’s junior season a breakthrough year. However you describe it though, his eighth-place finish at last fall’s Class A meet inserted him in the discussion as one of the state’s best. And despite having [...]

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Little Falls didn’t just take a step forward last season, but a giant leap. The Flyers won 11 matches, hosted and dominated a first-round playoff match and took eventual section champion Sartell-St. Stephen to the brink. Little Falls will look to build off of that success this fall, and will do so with yet again [...]

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Little Falls shouldn’t have too much trouble registering goals this fall. The big question as the season gets under way is how good the Flyers will be at preventing opponents from doing the same. “We should have a fairly solid core of returning starters, but will need to see if we are able to get [...]

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