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Last year marked the first time in 28 years that Little Falls hosted a playoff football game. If the recent strides the program has made are any indication, the wait won’t be nearly as long the next time around. “Absolutely,” Little Falls head coach Jay DeCann said. “Winning is a habit and it can be [...]

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The question going into last fall was if Pierz could handle playing up a level in Class AAA. There’s no doubt entering this season. After an uneven start a year ago during which they lost their first two Central Minnesota Conference games, the Pioneers came on strong down the stretch. Pierz won four of its [...]

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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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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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Holdingford rode an immensely talented senior class to back-to-back Section 6AA titles, including a perfect regular season last fall. At the forefront of that was Mitch Messman, a four-year starter at quarterback who was equally effective as a runner and a passer. The Huskers will have a lot of work to do in order to [...]

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No team really wants to have its three leading returners slowed by injuries to start the year. But it may provide Little Falls with a unique opportunity: give some young players experience, then enjoy having its leading trio join them back on the court. “We will start the year recovering from injury and earning experience,” [...]

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Replacing last year’s all-area player of the year Bridget Bednar was always going to be a momentous task for Pierz. Trying to do it with the top candidate to fill her shoes on the shelf due to injury will be even tougher. But, Pierz will push on, hoping the strength of returning senior starters in [...]

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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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