Royalton

Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) needed a touchdown and two-point conversion in the final minute to produce a thrilling week one victory. Its second game of the season might have been over in the first minute. The host Patriots easily disposed of overmatched Wadena-Deer Creek (WDC) 42-8, Sept. 5, moving to 2-0 on the season. USA ran [...]

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It had the appearance of an easy sweep early on. It wouldn’t turn out to be easy, but it would be a sweep. After quickly putting away the first set, Upsala found itself behind late in each of the next two, yet calmly took the second and swatted away an Eagle Valley set point in [...]

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The Pierz boys had its first four placers all finish in the top 10 en route to a second-place showing out of five teams at the Pequot Lakes Invite, Sept. 4. Senior Kyle Becker earned third place individually in 18:48, with eighth-grader Jake Andres next to cross the line in fourth in 19:07. Junior Matt [...]

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It wasn’t exactly a dream start to the season. Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) took the opening kickoff, made a few big plays and punched the ball in the end zone. From there, though, Royalton dominated, scoring the next five touchdowns before giving up a pair of late scores in a 34-20 home win, Aug. 28. [...]

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Swanville breezed past visiting Pillager 25-17, 25-11, 25-14 for its second win in a row to open the season, Aug. 28. Senior Danica Hanson had six kills and 10 assists and junior Haileigh Sales slammed five kills and five aces to lead the Bulldogs offensively. Junior Rachel Evans posted a team-high six digs while senior [...]

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Upsala breezed past host Onamia in Tuesday’s season opener, sweeping the Panthers 25-11, 25-21, 25-19. Senior Kristin Wuebkers turned in a solid all-around night to guide the Cardinals, collecting 18 assists, nine aces and five digs. Senior Danica Cheney and sophomore Katlin Welinski each provided eight kills and senior Brooke Westrich and junior Kiley Smieja [...]

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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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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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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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