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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Conference championships are on the line for Rogers and Elk River in the final game of the regular season Wednesday evening while Zimmerman will likely be dueling for a second-place finish.   Blaine at Elk River The Elks, who’ve lost two straight after a 5-0 start, need a win over [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Brooke Salo looked disheveled and bruised, misty-eyed and exhausted, with her blue uniform stained by grass and sweat, after a hard 80 minutes in her final soccer game with the Zimmerman Thunder. The Thunder’s best season had just ended with 1-0 loss to powerful neighbor Princeton on Tuesday in [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor St. Michael-Albertville made sure there was no suspense at the end this time, and thumped the Rogers Royals 3-0 to earn a trip to the state tournament Tuesday evening. Two weeks after losing to Rogers 1-0 on a goal with 33 seconds left, in a conference match, the Knights [...]

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The Rogers Royals had two all-conference runners as the boys team placed fifth and the girls sixth among 10 teams in the Mississippi 8 Conference meet Tuesday in Buffalo. Tyler Bethke and Caleb Burke, both seniors, placed seventh and eighth in the boys race, hitting the chute together in 17:04.35 and 17:04.93, at Buffalo Heights [...]

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Cheresa Bouley is the first Zimmerman runner to capture a conference cross county championship. The eighth-grader covered 4,000 meters in 15:41.38 in the Granite Ridge Conference on Tuesday in Becker, three seconds ahead of a St. Cloud Cathedral’s Rachel Eickhoff. The Thunder girls placed sixth and the boys eighth among eight teams. The Mora boys [...]

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Elk River lost its conference finale to Spring Lake Park in a close five-gamer at home Tuesday evening. The Panthers won 26-24, 16-25, 20-25, 25-17, 15-13. Sidney Wentland knocked down 18 kills with just three errors in the loss. Kennedy Strain had nine kills, Gina Honek seven and Abi Scheid five. Ellie Engstrom served 24-for-24 [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Rogers Royals, who eked out a 1-0 win over St. Michael-Albertville on Sept. 30 despite being badly outshot, now need to beat the Knights again, with much more on the line. The Royals (15-3) and Knights (15-3) will duel for a state trip in the Section 8AA finals on [...]

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Elk River freshman  Meagan Brown cruised to the Section 7AA singles championship with two victories on Monday and will be the Elks lone representative at the state tennis tournament next week. Brown (25-1), who won three sub-section matches Thursday, beat two Duluth East players on Monday, Kendra Berry 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals, and Elise [...]

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The Spectrum football team won a wild one 62-32 over St. Paul Academy, their first victory after six losses, on Friday at home.   Shane Herrlin carried the ball 19 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including a 64-yard run.   Quarterback Ben Maki carried six times for 109 yards including a 53-yard touchdown. [...]

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