Upsala-Swanville

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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None of the wins were easy. In fact, in only one of them did it not require winning a set 7-5, or a tiebreaker. However, Little Falls showed its mettle in crunch time, Monday, taking down host Sartell-St. Stephen 5-2. “I hope it means that we’ve finally found the confidence to win the close matches,” [...]

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Score and go home. It was a simple decision, albeit much easier said than done. On the road in its season opener against a team a class above them, one that had just reached the Section 6AA finals last fall, Upsala-Swanville Area was going for the win. The Patriots had just worked the ball into [...]

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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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Last year, Upsala-Swanville Area (USA) had the daunting task of filling 16 of 22 starting positions. The Patriots responded by making the state tournament. This fall, they have to fill the shoes of one of the top players in program history, two-time all-area player of the year Mitch Lange. How USA will fare with this [...]

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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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