Panthers advance to sectionals

The Panther boys basketball team opened regional play last Tuesday night by defeating Greenwood by 76–13

Carter Uppena led Royall with 24 points, Landon Lipke added 12, and overall 11 Panthers scored during the rout.

On Friday, Royall took on the squad from Alma-Pepin, and cruised to a 63–39 victory, jumping out to a 29–15 lead at the half and was never threatened. Showing balanced scoring, Carter Uppena was high scorer with 14 points, Landon Lipke added 12 points, and Ben Crneckly contributed 10.

On Saturday, the Panthers ran into a good team from Cochrane-Fountain City, the third-seeded team in the bracket. In a close game throughout, Royall prevailed by a 63–60 score. Carter Uppena led the Panthers with 21 points, Landon Lipke scored 17, and Tucker Wildes scored 10. Savon Wainwright added 7 points for Royall, and Jacob Ceizyk chipped in with 6.

The Panthers will take on No. 1-seeded Columbus Catholic at Adams-Friendship on Thursday, March 7, in sectional action.

The Royall boys basketball team advanced for the second season in a row in the WIAA Division 5 regional with wins over Greenwood 76–13 and Alma/Pepin 63–39. In the regional final March 2, No. 2 Royall faced No. 3 Cochrane-Fountain City. The two teams battled until the final seconds. Here, Carter Uppena makes two free-throw shots early in the second half. He led in scoring 21 points. (Tasha Mueller photo)
After a fast scoring drive, Royall led at halftime 33–24. Tucker Wildes keeps an early second-half possession, as Wildes tallied 10 points for the Panthers. (Tasha Mueller photo)
With 19 seconds left, Royall was down 60–59, as Landon Lipke extends to make a couple extra baskets to get Royall the 63–60 win and advance to sectionals. Lipke totaled 17 points in the win. (Tasha Mueller photo)
The team gathers for a regional plaque photo. The Panthers now face No. 1 Columbus Catholic on March 7 at Adams-Friendship, with a 7 p.m. tipoff. (Tasha Mueller photo)
Coach Uppena cuts the final part of the regional winning net, as it marks the final time a basketball game will be played at the current gymnasium before the new one is constructed for next school year. (Tasha Mueller photo)