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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...
Thunder senior Abby Ecker (R) was all smiles after winning the Section 5A title with a three-set victory over Sauk Centre’s Morgan Kranz (L).
A year after winning the Section 5A individual title as the No. 2 seed, Thunder senior Abby Ecker took care of business as the top seed to repeat as section champion and earn another trip to the Class 1A state tournament. While Abby had to face some adversity during last season’s tournament run,...
USA fullback Travis Barthel (10) got an extra push from his teammates and extended into the end zone for his second quarter touchdown.
On the very first drive of last Wednesday’s regular season finale, Upsala/Swanville Area head coach Jay Loven called a timeout after West Central Area/Ashby swiftly drove deep into Patriot territory.  It was a quick wake up call to not underestimate an opposing team regardless of record, and USA...
Times greatly improved when the Thunder cross country runners traveled back up to Park Rapids for the final meet of the regular season last Monday afternoon. One week after competing in the conference tournament on the same course, the girls team got season best times from four of their five...
Senior Natalie Payne went to make a pass during Tuesday’s match.
The Thunder volleyball team was swept by a good Paynesville team in the final home match of the season last Tuesday night. The Bulldogs came into the match with a 13-7 record and it showed as they cruised to a 25-13 win in the first set. The second set went much better for LPGE, as they jumped out...
Alison Gugglberger (L) and Lupita Mora (R) will compete in the doubles semifinals, and Ally Ecker (M) in the singles semifinals this week.
Thunder tennis have three players still alive after the first day of the individual tournament, which was played last Thursday. No. 4 seed Ally Ecker reached the final four with a shutout straight set win in the first round, and a three-set win in the second. After falling 6-2 in the first set, the...

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