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Will Koetters handled the puck during last Thursday’s game.
The Prairie Centre boys got off to a rough start to open the season, falling to Monticello 10-0 in the opener and then to Northern Lakes 6-0 in the Long Prairie home opener.  
Katlin Welinski returns after leading the Cardinals in scoring last season with 14 points per game.
Anytime a program loses seven seniors, it is expected that there will be some growing pains the following year. The Upsala girls basketball program will bring back just two starters from last season’s 18-9 squad, and will field a young and inexperienced squad for new head coach Nick Klug. Klug is...
The Tigers huddle during last season’s state quarterfinal game. The team hopes to get back to state and take the next step with this year’s group.
The core group of girls who have led the Tiger girls basketball team for many years now returns after reaching the Class 1A state tournament quarterfinals the last two seasons. The starting lineup boasts a trio of 1,000 point scorers -- Crystal Pearson, Kendra Buchta, and Paige Callahan -- one who...
The Wolves bring back three of the four wrestlers who competed in the state tournament last season. Pictured L to R: head coach Jacob Lorentz, Noah Becker, Jadon Buntjer, Nicholas Middendorf, Creg Donabauer, and coach Travis Pesta.
With participation numbers dipping, the wrestling teams from Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Browerville formed a cooperative team last season and it proved beneficial for both programs as it stayed much more competitive and sent four wrestlers down to the state tournament. The wrestling culture at...
The Thunder girls played in a scrimmage at Sauk Centre last Saturday.
The Thunder girls basketball team endured some growing pains last season as they finished with six wins. While tasked with competing against several challenging Prairie Conference teams as well as a schedule against one of the best sections in the state, the team showed some strides late in the...
Joey Fuchs (L) and Vern Capelle (R) scout their opponents during warmups of a playoff game last season. Fuchs takes over for Capelle as head coach this year after playing for him for five years and being an assistant coach at Upsala for 10.
There has been a changing of the guard for the Upsala boys basketball program not only on the roster but also for the coaching staff. The team graduated seven of its top eight players from last season’s Section 5A runner up squad, and Upsala graduate Joey Fuchs has stepped into the head coaching...
Haileigh Sales made a pass to Crystal Kaun during a preseason practice. Sales is one of just two seniors on a young Bulldogs squad this season.
Though last season was a marked improvement from previous years, the Swanville girls basketball team is still working on climbing out of the bottom half of the Prairie Conference standings. Last season’s team finished with seven wins which was a higher win total than the previous two seasons, but...
Bennett Primus made a move toward the bucket during a drill last week. Primus is one of three returning players who played varsity minutes for the Bulldogs last season.
There will be many new faces in the varsity lineup for the Swanville boys basketball team this season. The team graduated three staples of their lineup -- Jordan Sales, Tyler Evans, and Austin Johnson -- and will be looking for other players to step up and fill their shoes after finishing 15-10...
The third period has not been on the Blue Devils’ side the past two games as the team suffered a 4-2 loss to Fergus Falls last Thursday night. Kenzie Christianson put Prairie Centre up 1-0 with a first period goal off an assist from Ally Ecker. The Otters came back in the second period scoring a...
Josh Connor
Throughout this winter season, the Leader will be doing a spotlight on the players of this season’s boys basketball team at LPGE. This week’s spotlight will be on senior guard Josh Connor. Hobbies: Hunting and fishing Favorite food: Steak Favorite music group/singer: Florida Georgia Line Favorite...


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