Royalton Boys Basketball

Swanville and Upsala saw their seasons end in back-to-back fashion in the Sub-Section 5A North semifinals held at Little Falls, March 1. In the opening game of the evening, top-seeded and No. 1 ranked Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) flexed its muscle with a convincing 95-39 victory over fourth-seeded Swanville. Junior Jordan Sales was 7-of-13 from the floor [...]

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It probably should have come as a surprise. After all, until he came along, the school record for points scored was 1,217. Only three players had even reached 1,000. But head coach Vern Capelle has learned not to be surprised by anything Christian Pekarek does on the basketball court. The senior point guard elevated himself [...]

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With more than a season left to play in his high school career, Swanville junior Jordan Sales surpassed 1,000 career points in a 78-58 home win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Tuesday. Sales finished the night with 18 points and eight rebounds, joined in double figures scoring by junior Austin Johnson (17), senior Cody Mollner (15) [...]

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Allowing just eight points in the first half, Royalton dominated visiting Ogilvie 44-21, Jan. 31. The Royals ended the first half on a 15-2 run to go ahead 21-8 at the break, then fended off the Lions as they at one point pulled back within six. Sophomore Matt Daleiden finished two rebounds shy of the [...]

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Junior Jordan Sales scored 18 points as Swanville used a pestering defensive attack to knock off visiting Royalton 54-27, Friday. Junior Austin Johnson added nine points for the Bulldogs, who reached double-digit wins on the season, improving to 10-6. Junior Matt Fountain recorded 11 points and five rebounds and sophomore Matt Daleiden added five points [...]

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Eighth-ranked Upsala moved to 6-0 in the Prairie Conference this week, highlighted by a 37-point outburst from senior Christian Pekarek in an 86-65 win at Swanville, Jan. 17. Pekarek sank six threes and was 9-of-10 from the free-throw line. Senior Dylan Zimmerman had a monstrous night as well, posting 23 points, 17 rebounds and four [...]

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Class AA’s fourth-ranked St. Cloud Cathedral finished on a 7-0 run to knock off Class A’s No. 8 host Upsala 76-71, Jan. 9. Upsala started the game red-hot from the field, going ahead 30-18 before Cathedral rebounded to tie the game 39-39 at halftime. The contest remained much more even throughout the second half, with [...]

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Eight points in the opener, followed by a double-double performance in the third-place game landed Royalton senior Kasey Stevens on the all-tournament team at the Pillager Fornshell Christmas Basketball Classic, Dec. 26 – 27. Royalton took fourth place in the tournament, falling 73-37 to Pillager in the opener, then 72-46 to Isle in the third-place [...]

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