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Last year, Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) had the daunting task of filling 16 of 22 starting positions. The Patriots responded by making the state tournament. This fall, they have to fill the shoes of one of the top players in program history, two-time all-area player of the year Mitch Lange. How USA will fare with this [...]

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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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Little Falls flashed its strength in singles early on as it swept through the four solo matches in a 5-2 win in a season-opening tri over host Pierz, Aug. 15. Sophomore Arielle Emerson earned a straight-set 6-3, 6-4 win at No. 1 singles, while sophomore Angela Meschke persevered 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-2 in a three-setter [...]

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Kimball Area and Browerville entered the Section 5A playoffs with the higher seeds. Upsala-Swanville Area entered with Eric Lampert. Advantage Patriots. Lampert took the ball in the first two rounds of the postseason and, like he did throughout the season, put on a clinic in all-around dominance, leading a roster with no other senior starters [...]

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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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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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