Sports

Embracing a team philosophy predicated on speed, if not overwhelming size, Royalton ran to a record of 7-3 a year ago. Looking back, though, it is hard not to wonder what might have been. A last-minute loss to rival Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) in the regular season finale cost the Royals the top seed in the [...]

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Royalton pulled off a deep playoff run to the sub-section finals last fall, farther than it had ever gone in school history. The Royals even nabbed a set from perennial power Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. With that success, though, has come a new level of expectation. “Yes, and I couldn’t be more excited about that,” Royalton head coach [...]

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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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The Royalton High School/Middle School falls sports meeting will take place Thursday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m. in the high school. At this meeting, parents can take care of submitting Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) and Royalton eligibility forms, athletic physicals, going over academic eligibility and paying for athletic/activity fees. All participants must have [...]

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Pitcher/Infielder Eric Lampert, senior, Upsala-Swanville Area Lampert, the Record’s Player of the Year, was about as consistent as they come in all phases of the game for the Patriots. He went 5-1 with a 1.11 ERA, striking out a staggering 80 batters with only seven walks in 50 2/3 innings, recording back-to-back complete-game wins in [...]

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Pole Vault/Sprints/Jumps Rachelle LeBlanc, senior, Little Falls LeBlanc finishes off one of the best athletic careers in Little Falls history as the Record’s Athlete of the Year for the third time. LeBlanc proved a valuable point-earner in sprints and jumps, but her biggest impact was unquestionably in the pole vault, where she cleared 11-feet in [...]

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Throws Trysten Ross, senior, Little Falls Some athletes show marked improvement from year-to-year. Ross, the Record’s Athlete of the Year, did one better. Already one of the top throwers around when the year began, Ross turned himself into one of the best in the state, winning the Granite Ridge Conference shot put title, placing second [...]

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Jacquline Nichols isn’t quite sure where her power comes from. Her wrists? Her hips? A lightning-quick swing? “Sometimes I feel like I get lucky when I hit,” she said. If that’s the case, her supply of fortune is seemingly limitless. The Royalton senior shortstop absolutely punished opposing pitchers throughout her career, turning the Royals’ record [...]

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Infielder  Jacquline Nichols, senior, Royalton  Nichols, the Record All-Area Player of the Year, was not only a local standout, but one of the premier players in the state this spring, being selected to play in the Minnesota All-Star Series. Nichols was nearly impossible for opposing pitchers to retire, hitting .623 with an on-base percentage of [...]

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