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Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Drake continues to push the boundaries of both modern music and the modern rap/R&B combo star. He added several genres and included a litany of producers and guest stars to what he is dubbing a "playlist." That's right, mixtapes and albums are far to blasé for Drake. I guess that's cool, he's trying to be different. As far as the music goes, it is not nearly as good as his last to projects, which were fantastic. It was quite disjointed and felt a bit forced or fake, which is ironic considering the first single was "Fake Love" and another song is called "Fake Smoke." For me, the best track on the 22-song playlist is "Glow" featuring Kanye West.

Anyhow, since I didn't have photos from last week, here are photos from March 2-9.

Royalton's Zach Gottwalt looks between Swanville's Lawrence Mettler (No. 12) and Bennett Primus, March 3.

Swanville senior Troy Evans boxes out Royalton's Austin Nichols (No. 44) and Gottwalt.

Primus catches the ball in the high post.

Primus posts up a Royals defender.

Mettler puts back up a shot.

Senior Cole Pfeiffer looks to pass to a teammate.

Swanville junior Brooklyn Thieschafer guards Upsala sophomore Jenna Ripplinger.

Amber Biniek of Upsala puts a jumper up over Thieschafer.

Swanville senior Sophie Larson holds the ball away from Upsala senior Mia Roerick.

Thieschafer fights for a rebound.

Biniek leaps and puts up a lay in as Swanville senior Kiley Loven defends.

Royalton's Gavin Suska looks for a teammate as Charlie Kurowski guards.

Mettler loads up for a shot over Upsala's Alex Thieschafer.

Mettler releases a shot over Thieschafer.

Primus backs down Upsala junior Bennett Westrich.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Way It Goes

In total, 16 bands from Minnesota will be performing at SXSW, which is of course in Austin, Texas, and begins Friday. Probably the most recognizable of those acts is Har Mar Superstar and Hippo Campus. The latter, an act from St. Paul recently released a strong album, "Landmark." I really enjoyed the song "Way It Goes." I really think that the band has a bright future in the industry. They could easily be the next Strokes if they want.

I have several photos to share from Feb. 23-28. They can be purchased at

Pierz' Malea Boser presses Holdingford senior Johanna Merten in a game, Feb. 24.

Pierz senior Tori Fleischhacker drives to the hoop on a breakaway.

Pioneers senior Taryn Becker puts up a shot over Merten.

Royalton sophomore Morgan Wagner and Swanville junior Abbey Moore look on after a Wagner layup try.

Royals freshman Allyson Waletski gets past Bulldogs post Avery Jackson.

Swanville junior Brooklyn Thieschafer is pressure in the full court by Waletski.

Wagner is defended physically in the post by Swanville senior Madison Beseman.

Royalton freshman Cierra Gottwalt gets a loose ball.

Little Falls senior Austin Weisz goes up for two against Foley, Feb. 28.

Junior Dylan Lukasavitz looks for a teammate from the corner.

Lukasavitz dishes.

Flyers senior Justin Primus goes to the hoop for a lay in.

Little Falls senior Tyler Schlattman holds the ball against the Falcons.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lost in You

In continuing with February's trend of bands and artists on the comeback trail, Bush recently released "Lost in You" a single that was pretty darn good. I enjoyed listening to it, but unlike Bush's hey day, the song is somewhat forgettable, and ultimately, I think it probably won't bring Bush back to relevance.

I have several photos from Feb. 16-21. Enjoy.

Little Falls senior Remington Retka about to fire a shot at the Fergus Falls net in the Section 6A quarterfinal, Feb. 21.

The Flyers' Trenton Axel (No. 14) and Sia McQuillan (No. 21) celebrate after a Devon Young (No. 11) goal.

Jake Kapphahn (No. 8) rushes to celebrate with Young after his goal.

Young watches as his shot makes its way into the net.

Josh Jennings follows through on a shot at the net.

Jennings fires a slap shot at the Otters net.

Senior Adam Josephson drops off a pass back at Retka.

Captain Landon Johnson takes a big swing at a bouncing puck.

Little Falls senior Billy Winkelman wrestles against Sauk Rapids-Rice in the Section 8AAA quarterfinal, Saturday, Feb. 18.

Senior Wyatt Lillemoe wrestles at 170 pounds.

Josh Beack earns near fall points in the 152 pound match.

Little Falls senior Leo Wilczek wrestles at 138 pounds.

Wilczek attempts to break down his Storm opponent.

Wilczek grapples in the quarterfinal.

Swanville senior Sophie Larson handles the ball at the top of the key, Feb. 17.

Bulldogs junior Brooklyn Thieschafer pulls up for a jumper.

Upsala's Bennett Westrich fights with Royalton sophomore Zach Gottwalt for a rebound, Feb. 16.

Upsala senior Myron Ripplinger drives inside the paint against Royals junior Riley Smieja.

Ripplinger drives toward the hoop.

Royalton junior guard Adam Olson pulls up for three.

Gavin Suska looks to pass to a teammate.

Winkelman about to put a kid down for a pin.