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  The Zimmerman track team, responding to a 15-inch snowfall on Wednesday,  had some fun with it on Thursday. “We needed to find a creative way to remove snow from the track surface, in hopes of getting back out onto the track again sooner,” said coach Jennelle Lablanc. “So we decided to have a snow [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder notched their first-ever win over Little Falls 4-2 at home on Tuesday behind solid pitching from Zach Nolan and Mitch Mossman. This is the third year the two teams have been Granite Ridge Conference rivals. The Thunder were 0-4 previously against the Flyers, who have been strong in baseball. “The kids were [...]

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Zach Ruprecht tossed a one-hit shutout in his varsity mound debut, leading the Zimmerman Thunder past Rockford 3-0 on Friday in Rockford. Ruprecht, a senior, walked three and struck out three, keeping a low pitch count to go the distance. “I was hoping to get a solid four innings (from Ruprecht) and platoon with other [...]

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The Zimmerman softball team, coming off a 16-6 season last spring, had a humbling opener Thursday, losing to the Becker Bulldogs 10-0 at Becker. Becky Harmon held the Thunder to two hits and struck out eight. Zimmerman starter Ashley Pool gave up four runs in two innings, and McKenna Butau gave up runs in three [...]

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Despite giving up only two hits, the Zimmerman Thunder lost to the Becker Bulldogs 3-2 in eight innings in the season opener Thursday in Becker. The Thunder outhit the Bulldogs 7-2 and got seven  good innings from starter Zach Nolan, who allowed two hits and a walk, striking out six. “We had four errors, which [...]

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Former Elk athlete Christopher Riley is the new head coach for Zimmerman baseball. Riley, a 1991 ERHS graduate who played football, basketball and baseball, has been the Thunder assistant coach for several years under Matt Kraus, who resigned. A physical education teacher at Westwood Elementary, he was an Elks assistant coach in the late 1990′s [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Austin May was a wrestler with 53 career losses two months ago when something convinced him he should aim for a high state finish, maybe even a championship. The Zimmerman junior upset No. 2-ranked Tyler Midas of Foley 7-1 in a dual meet Jan. 10, his first signature win. “After [...]

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