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Snow drifts several feet high surround each dugout at the LPGE varsity softball field. The entire state of Minnesota has had to push back the spring sports season until warm weather comes and cleans up the wintry mess.
There is always a good chance winter drags into April in Minnesota. That has certainly been the case this year. Area sports teams have been stuck indoors with snow continuing to fall well after teams had been expected to be taking to the field and track. It can be challenging, but area coaches have...
Nate Petermeier returns for his senior season after being one of the team’s top pitchers last spring.
Despite losing some top level talent from last season, the Browerville/Eagle Valley baseball team returns a solid group with varsity experience for first year head coach Jason Peterschick. Like all squads in the area, the Tigers have been stuck indoors working while they patiently wait for spring...
The Prairie Conference indoor track meet was held on Mar. 27 at St. John’s University. The Upsala/Swanville Area girls scored 54 points to place third out of six teams, and the boys team scored 35 points to place sixth. The girls were led by sophomore Peyton Guthrie, who had four top-four finishes...
Hudson Pung (L) and Sam Olson (R) are two players back this season after locking down the middle infield for much of last year.
Thunder baseball returns this spring, looking poised for another strong season after bringing all but two players back from last season. Before they can get to that first pitch, however, they will be working on whatever they can indoors as they wait for the snow to melt away and the Minnesota...
  There are a couple new faces at the helm of the Thunder track program this spring. Jonathan Young and Nedda Zetah step in as head coaches of the boys and girls program, and the team brings back assistants Andy Otremba and Katrina Fligge. The sport will be new to Young, who will be absorbing all...
The prep basketball season has come to a close and award recipients for the Prairie Conference have been announced. It was a good winter for the Savageau family in Osakis. Sophomore Daniel won the Prairie’s Most Valuable Player award after the Silverstreaks finished with a 12-0 undefeated record in...
Second baseman Peyton Jackson (L) is one of just two players back with considerable varsity experience from last season.
There will be nearly a totally new lineup when Upsala/Swanville Area takes the baseball diamond for the first time this spring. The Patriots will be looking to replace all but one starter after graduating 11 seniors from 2017. They come into the spring with four seniors, three juniors, and the...
Sierra Bartkowitz turned to fire across the diamond last spring. The junior will look to move around in the field where needed again this spring.
Swanville softball will be looking to put an injury-riddled 2017 in the rearview mirror as they prepare for their first game this spring.  The Bulldogs had a number of girls miss much of last season, but enter 2018 healthy and ready to compete. The team is doing what it can with indoor practices...
Thunder award recipients from left: Lizbeth Felix Sanchez, Rachel Middendorf, Taylor Kingston, Emma Liebsch, and Kaitlin Welters.
The season came to a close for the Thunder girls basketball team with a 65-52 road loss at Park Rapids on Mar. 1. The team recently announced its award winners for the 2017-18 season. Seniors Taylor Kingston and Rachel Middendorf again were named to the All-Conference team, and junior Emma Liebsch...
Thunder junior Emma Liebsch will be one of several pitching options for the team this spring.
Two years removed from a run to the final four in the Section 6AA playoffs, the Thunder return several key pieces this spring in hopes of putting it together like they did in 2016. Several players return from that team, including: seniors Tristen Marcyes, Rachel Middendorf, and juniors Emma Liebsch...

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