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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 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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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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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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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River coach Steve Hamilton has a simple explanation for things like blowing a 35-7 lead and barely winning 42-40, as the Elks did against Blaine on Wednesday evening. “We want to make it entertaining,” he quipped. “People pay good money to watch football games.” And for not taking [...]

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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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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 Elk River’s quest to return to the state tournament after a one-year absence was derailed by Duluth East, for the second straight year, 4-3 on Saturday on the ERHS courts. The Elks finished 16-6 with the Section 7AA semifinal defeat. Duluth East, which beat the Elks in the finals [...]

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