Sports

  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River’s bounce-back season in boys cross country has taken them all the way to the state meet, with section team and individual championships on their ledger. Lucas Trapp won a sprint to the finish line for the gold medal and led the Elk team to the top in [...]

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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 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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