Sports

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor John Butler, former Elk golf standout seeking to re-start his golf career, emerged as Links at Northfork club champion this past weekend. Butler, 21, shot 70-73—143 to win by three strokes Saturday and Sunday. Dan Johnson was runner-up with 72-74—146 among 15 in the championship flight. “I had a good [...]

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The Elk River cross country teams each placed fifth among nine teams in the season-opening St. Cloud Apollo Invitational on Monday. The Andover girls and Wayzata boys were team champions. St. Cloud Tech’s Lauren Steinke and Wayzata’s Ian Elkin were individual winners on the flat course near Apollo High School and the Veterans Hospital. “We [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Jessica Young was born to swim. The Rogers senior can’t remember a time she wasn’t churning through the water daily, starting at age six. Her mother, Lisa, who swam for Albert Lea, was giving lessons. Starting her fifth and final season with Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman this week, Young has made all-conference [...]

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  The Zimmerman Thunder, coming off a season where they set a school record with nine wins, are one-third of the way back to that total after winning their own season-opening tournament. The Thunder beat Monticello 3-1 on Friday evening, and Big Lake 6-0 and Becker 6-2 on Saturday, to capture the Sandbur Cup trophy. [...]

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  Longtime soccer power Wayzata handed Elk River a 3-0 loss on Saturday afternoon in Elk River.   The Trojans are ranked No. 3 at the outset of the season and had opened with a 2-2 tie against another ranked team, Lakeview North.   The Elks (0-2) trailed 2-0 at the half and didn’t get [...]

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Scoring on a free kick and a penalty kick, Elk River-Zimmerman defeated the Buffalo Bison 2-1 on Saturday in Buffalo.   Senior defender Tanner Beckerleg drilled a goal from 45 yards on a free kick. Sophomore forward Protus Babaya hit the penalty kick after Thunder Heyer was fouled in the box.   The Elks have [...]

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The Rogers soccer teams had a 108-mile drive for a double-header Thursday but the long trip was well worth it for a couple of reasons. The Royals had the privilege of joining the Brainerd Warriors for the first action on new artificial turf at the Adamson Field soccer/football complex, and both Rogers teams won their [...]

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Sparked by freshman Jena Jakubiec with two goals and an assist, the Spectrum Sting girls won their opener 5-2 over PACT on Friday at home. Freshman goalkeeper Aly Kraus made several key saves throughout the game while senior Danielle Hennies, sophomore Olivia Rice and 8th-grader Emily O’Connell had the other goals. Team newcomers Anna McGlone [...]

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