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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A playoff opener between two volleyball teams unlikely to advance past the second round nonetheless had some intrigue on Monday evening. It was a Spectrum team with an 18-7 record, but mostly against tiny schools, against a Zimmerman team that sputtered to a 5-21 mark, against a much stronger [...]

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  Rogers will have two boys in the state cross country meet after seniors Tyler Bethke and Caleb Burke earned their way through Section 5AA on Thursday. Bethke placed seventh in 16:26.3 and Burke was eighth in 16:33.1, both qualifying for state for the first time, at Anoka High School. The Royals placed fourth among [...]

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The Rogers volleyball season ended with a five-game loss to Spring Lake Park in their Section 5AAA opener Tuesday evening. Spring Lake Park (15-9) prevailed 25-21, 18-25, 17-25, 25-22, 15-12. Rogers finished 13-16. Erica Folk made 18 kills and 22 digs for Rogers. Hannah Sjerven notched 15 kills and five solo blocks. Baylee Waldhoff delivered [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The second season has arrived for Elk River volleyball, and the Elks launched it nicely with a 25-13, 25-19, 25-20 win over Princeton at home Wednesday evening. “It’s the start of a new season. I’m so excited,” said Geneva Kachinske, senior outside hitter who led with 10 kills and [...]

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  The Elk swimmers did not expect to beat Centennial in the conference championship meet Tuesday evening, but the final margin was probably much wider than anticipated. The Cougars swamped the Elks 122.5 to 63.5, winning 11 of 12 events, a very impressive showing against a team that was 6-1-1 in dual meets coming in. [...]

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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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