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Spring is here and that means track athletes have been preparing anyway they can, despite the weather, to get ready for the upcoming season. At Upsala/Swanville Area, hopes are high after bringing back several athletes who competed in the section meet last year. The boys team will have plenty of...
LPGE senior Eric Hinnenkamp is one of the top returning pitchers in the area after leading the Thunder on the mound in 2016.
This spring will mark the beginning of a new pitch count policy for baseball in the Minnesota State High School League. At the varsity level, pitchers may throw 1-30 pitches and pitch the following day. 31-50 pitches requires one day of rest, 51-75 two days, and 76-105 three days. 105 is the daily...
From left: LPGE All-Conference selections Carolyn Dinkel, Rachel Middendorf, and Taylor Kingston. Emma Liebsch, honorable mention. Not pictured: Claire Liebsch, honorable mention.
The entire starting lineup for the Thunder girls basketball team earned some Prairie Conference accolades when the awards list was released. LPGE senior Carolyn Dinkel, and juniors Taylor Kingston and Rachel Middendorf earned All-Conference honors after finishing second in league play with a record...
Last season’s Thunder team made a run to the final four of the Section 6AA tournament. From left: Ally Ecker, Rachel Middendorf, Emma Liebsch, and Tristen Marcyes celebrate after a walkoff playoff win. All four are back this season.
Last season’s LPGE softball team went on one of the best runs in recent years. The Thunder won 14 of 15 games to close out the regular season, and that carried over to them making a postseason run to a final four finish in section play. While that run was fueled in part by a group of four senior...
Brooklyn Thieschafer is expected to suit up at catcher for the Bulldogs again this spring.
After a strong start to the season in 2016, the Swanville softball team comes back once again packed with a young roster looking to forget a skid down the stretch. The Bulldogs bring in new head coach Erin Sabyan to take over the youthful roster. She has spent the preseason figuring out what...
The LPGE track and field teams got their first taste of competition this spring when they competed at the Prairie Conference indoor meet last Friday. The girls team placed third with 66 points while the boys took fifth with 23 points. Kaitlyn Proell had the lone first place finish of the day for...
The Long Prairie Predators have released their schedule for the upcoming 2017 season.  They will once again open the season with a scrimmage at Sobieski on Apr. 15 and the official opener will be on the road against Resorters League cross division opponent Millerville on Apr. 30.  The Resorters...
The preseason for softball is upon us and the squad in Upsala is one of many area teams coming out of hibernation from the cold winter weather as they prepare for the upcoming spring season. The Cardinals will look to get back on track after finishing with one win in each of the past two seasons....
The 2016 Thunder won 13 games in a row, several in dramatic fashion, including a playoff win on Rachel Middendorf’s (L) walkoff single.
  One of the best things about March Madness is finding yourself rooting for a Cinderella story team. There have been a few good storylines in the national basketball tournament in the first two weeks of play, most notably No. 11 seed Xavier making a run to the Elite Eight, and No. 7 South Carolina...
The Wolves youth team recently competed at the region tournament hosted in Pierz.
The LPGE/Browerville-EV Wolves youth wrestlers qualified for the NYWA State Wrestling tournament for the third straight year.  The region tournament was held in Pierz on Saturday, March 18 with 16 teams competing in this year’s event. The top six teams qualify for the state tournament which will be...

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