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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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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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