Upsala Boys Basketball

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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Going in, it seemed as if Upsala and Little Falls would be hard-pressed to match what they had done on the same court a year ago. During last year’s finals of the same Little Falls Pine Country Classic basketball tournament, the two teams played an overtime thriller, with Upsala escaping what would prove to be [...]

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To hear Upsala head coach Vern Capelle tell it, either of his team’s standout seniors could be the focal point of an offense. Luckily for Capelle, and to the detriment of his eighth-ranked team’s opponents during its recent eight-game surge, the Cardinals don’t have to choose. With Christian Pekarek entrenched as a three-year starter at [...]

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After knocking off Browerville three times a year ago, the Tigers’ only three losses of the season, visiting Upsala took the first meeting of the year between the two squads 69-60, Tuesday. Senior Christian Pekarek shredded the Tigers’ defense for 30 points, followed by senior Dylan Zimmerman (12) and juniors Jeremy Halverson (9) and Aidan [...]

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Led by nine different scorers, Upsala sailed past host Sebeka 83-34, Thursday. Senior Dylan Zimmerman led the offensive effort with 27 points, followed by senior Pekarek with 21, junior Jeremy Halverson with 13 and junior Kyle Soltis with seven. Zimmerman also pulled down 18 rebounds while Pekarek distributed seven assists and recorded five steals.

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Christian Pekarek once again led the way against St. John’s Prep, scoring 23 points, while Dylan Zimmerman (12) and Jeffrey Halverson (10) also reached double figures as Upsala cruised to a 71-45 road win, Tuesday. Jeremy Halverson contributed nine points and junior Keith Ripplinger picked up seven, with Zimmerman snatching 17 rebounds and distributing four [...]

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Upsala had little difficulty with defensive-minded Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Friday, rolling the host Thunder 68-36. Seniors Christian Pekarek and Dylan Zimmerman each scored 18 points against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, with Zimmerman not missing a shot on the night, going 6-of-6 from the field and the free-throw line. Junior Aidan Guthrie added 12 points and nine [...]

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Senior Christian Pekarek single-handedly matched the offensive output of Bertha-Hewitt’s entire team as Upsala dismantled the host Bears 77-36, Thursday. Pekarek scored 36 points on 13-of-21 shooting and also dished out five assists. Senior Dylan Zimmerman followed with 15 points, junior Jeremy Halverson had nine and juniors Jeffrey Halverson and Aidan Guthrie each added six. [...]

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