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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A rugged defensive effort, a fourth-down gamble that paid off, and a boost from a quarterback returning from an injury, were the keys as Zimmerman survived its playoff opener Mound-Westonka 14-7 at home Tuesday evening. “Mound is a much improved team and their defensive line really gave us problems,” [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The third straight playoff matchup between Rogers and Elk River was set up Tuesday night when the Royals crushed the Willmar Cardinals 63-0 in their Section 6AAAAA opener at home. The Royals are ranked No. 3 in Class 5A but, after losing their conference finale to St. Michael-Albertville 22-21, had [...]

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  Three Rogers juniors were named to the Coaches Association All-State Class AA teams at the pre-state tournament soccer banquet on Saturday. Abbie Gearou, junior center defender who anchored a defense with 10 shutouts, was named to the girls first team all-state. Courtney Henderson, junior center midfielder who had nine goals and 10 assists, was [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Every step Tanner Beckerleg takes on the soccer field sends throbs of pain through his afflicted hips, but somehow that doesn’t stop the Elk River senior defender from excelling. “Tanner holds down the back line for us. He’s the last rung of defense and he makes a big difference in [...]

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The Rogers Royals, one of three state-ranked teams in the Section 6AAAAA tournament, were seeded third after a 7-1 regular season. The Royals will host No. 6 Willmar (3-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Willmar has lost four straight games in which they’ve led after three quarters each game but have been outscored 63-7 in [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder were seeded third in the Section 5AAAA football tournament after posting a 6-2 regular season record. The Thunder will host No. 6 Mound-Westonka (2-6) on Tuesday, 7 p.m., with the winner facing No. 2 Orono on Saturday, 3 p.m. in Orono. Thunder leaders include Austin May with 686 yards rushing and three [...]

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Elk River was seeded No. 7 among 12 teams in Section 7AAA volleyball after a 9-15 regular season. The Elks will host No. 10 Princeton (11-15) in the first round Wednesday, 7 p.m. Cambridge-Isanti (24-4) is the No. 1 seed. North Branch (17-5), a team the Elks beat 3-1 early in the season, is No. [...]

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  The Three Rivers Soccer Association U12 boys team, the Titans, won the Minnesota Youth Soccer Association fall state tournament on Oct. 11-12, beating Club Deportivo Lobos of St. Paul 1-0 in the finals. There were six qualifying teams from 60 in the state in their age division. In pool play, the Titans beat Valley [...]

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St. Michael-Albertville wound up with the top seed ahead of Elk River, with Rogers third, in the Section 6AAAAA football tournament that begins Tuesday.   “We were five points ahead, but lost the tiebreaker,” said Elk coach Steve Hamilton about complex scoring system.   The Elks had been six points ahead of Rogers going into [...]

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