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USA runningback Simon Bryce (M) turned up field with blockers Dalton Louden (L) and Alex Thieschafer (R) in front of him.
A season that saw improvement with each week came to an end for the Upsala/Swanville Area football team last Saturday afternoon. After picking up some momentum with six-point wins over No. 5 Parkers Prairie and No. 1 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa in the Section 4A quarterfinals and semifinals, the...
The Thunder tennis team recently held their awards banquet to wrap up the fall season. Head coach Curt Hatfield, who has coached for 40 seasons, thanked everyone involved in making the season a success, including assistant coach Nedda Zetah, Activities Director Dan Zetah, parents, and the players....
LPGE shooters from left: Connor Crosby, Joe Langer, Carson Lemke, Tyler Nelson, and Madison Becker, with coach Kim Loxtercamp and scorekeeper and coach Dave Vogel watching.
Students at LPGE recently wrapped up the Trap Shooting Fall Leauge, which took place from Sept. 17 to Oct. 22. The Thunder had 10 shooters compete during the season, including: Nathan Ruda, Issy Allen, Oren Gamradt, Connor Crosby, Joe Langer, Carson Lemke, Tyler Nelson, Madison Becker, Kale...
Thunder junior Ally Ecker sent a backhand the other way during her first round match at the Class 1A state tournament last Thursday morning.
After an incredible run through the Section 5A tournament, Thunder junior Ally Ecker got to experience the state tennis tournament firsthand last Thursday. The goal coming into the season was to reach the state tournament. Ally received a phenomenal send-off from both the elementary and high...
Dalton Louden (L) picked up a block from Gage VanRisseghem (63) on one of his carries against BBE in the Section 4A semifinals.
There have been no shortage of nail-biters for Upsala/Swanville Area football this season. After six of eight games being close in the regular season, and squeaking out another close win in the Section 4A quarterfinals, the No. 4 seed Patriots got locked into a battle when they took on top seed BBE...
Eighth grader Itzel Salazar led the Thunder girls, placing 49th.
The conditions were not ideal for a cross country race, but Section 6A runners braved the cold temperature, high wind gusts, and some flurries last Thursday at the Long Prairie Country Club. In the end, the Thunder varsity girls placed 13th of 21 teams, and the varsity boys 15th. “When your section...
Upsala junior Marta Jensen went to make a pass during the Cardinals’ playoff match with LPGE last Thursday night.
Upsala was able to overcome a 2-1 deficit last Thursday night to help lift the No. 4 seed Cardinals over No. 5 LPGE in the opening round of the Section 5A playoffs. Upsala grabbed a close 25-23 win in the opening set before the Thunder came back to tie it up with a 25-21 win in the second. A run in...
Juniors Sahra Gugglberger (3) and Emma Liebsch (4) go for a block against Upsala. They are two of five players set to return next fall.
LPGE volleyball came up just short when the No. 5 seed Thunder traveled to No. 4 Upsala to open the Section 5A playoffs last Thursday night. After a close pair of matches that saw the Cardinals grab five-set wins in the regular season, this one also needed five sets to declare a winner. In the end...
Junior quarterback Hudson Pung (L) handed off to senior runningback Caleb Jasken (R) during last Tuesday’s Section 6AA quarterfinals game at Pillager.
The season came to a close for LPGE football last Tuesday night when it fell to No. 1 seed Pillager 54-7 in the first round of the Section 6AA playoffs. The Thunder struck on the first possession of the game when junior quarterback Hudson Pung connected with senior Sam Olson on a deep pass for a 73...
The season came to a close for Browerville/Eagle Valley when the No. 6 seed Tigers fell at No. 3 Osakis 3-1 last Thursday night. One part of the game B/EV has been working on throughout the season has been to cut down on allowing significant scoring runs by their opponents. That was still an issue...

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