boys basketball

Guard Christian Pekarek, junior, Upsala Pekarek, the Record Player of the Year, directed the attack for Upsala as it won its first 31 games en route to a fourth-place finish at state, garnering the Prairie Conference MVP Award. Pekarek put up 23.6 points per game while also averaging 4.6 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 3.2 steals. [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com The Saturday before Easter, Barney VanHavermaet received a phone call. His brother, a “basketball junkie” as VanHavermaet calls him, had some news. VanHavermaet, the Swanville assistant boys basketball coach, had just been named the state’s Class A Assistant Coach of the Year. “I don’t know where he found out,” [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com When the boys basketball season began, Upsala head coach Vern Capelle knew he had a special group. All but one player was returning from last year’s sub-section finalist, with speed and athleticism up and down the lineup. With a group capable of accomplishing big things, Capelle looked for a [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor Upsala capped the most successful season in school history with a fourth-place finish in the Class A state tournament, closing with a 31-2 record. The Cardinals opened the tournament with a 71-60 victory over Battle Lake before dropping a 71-62 thriller against eventual champion Southwest Minnesota Christian in Friday’s semifinals [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor Browerville would have a perfect record if not for Upsala. The Cardinals require no such disclaimers. Undefeated Upsala, the only team to defeat Browerville this season, topped the Tigers for a third time in Tuesday’s Sub-Section 5A West finals in Long Prairie 68-61 to move a game away from the [...]

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By PATRICK SLACK Sports Editor patrick.slack@mcrecord.com The script was similar to Royalton’s playoff opener heading into its semifinal match-up against Onamia, Monday, but the ending turned out slightly different. After defeating the Panthers 49-44 in the regular season, the Royals came up just short in another defensive struggle held in Mora, falling 38-35. Royalton carried [...]

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A night after the Upsala girls team qualified for state, the Upsala boys moved another step closer to joining them, defeating Nevis 72-57 in the Sub-Section 5A West semifinals in Long Prairie, Saturday. Upsala started fast, sprinting to a 7-0 lead, but Nevis quickly answered, tying the score at 9-9. Upsala worked its lead into [...]

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