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The Zimmerman Thunder must slow down a pair of Orono offensive standouts to have a chance of upsetting the Spartans in their Section 5AAAA semifinal game. The No. 3 seeded Thunder (7-2) face No. 2 Orono (6-2) in Orono on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Thunder beat No. 6 Mound-Westonka 14-7 on Tuesday while Orono [...]

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  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 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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The Zimmerman Thunder were seeded third in the Section 5AAAA football tournament after posting a 6-2 regular season record. The Thunder will host No. 6 Mound-Westonka (2-6) on Tuesday, 7 p.m., with the winner facing No. 2 Orono on Saturday, 3 p.m. in Orono. Thunder leaders include Austin May with 686 yards rushing and three [...]

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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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The Albany Huskies scored the last four touchdowns and snapped the Zimmerman Thunder’s five-game win streak 35-10 in the conference finale Wednesday evening in Albany. The game was a duel for second place in the Granite Ridge Conference behind Becker, which beat them both and finished 7-0 in conference. Albany was 6-1 and Zimmerman 5-2 [...]

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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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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Brooke Salo looked disheveled and bruised, misty-eyed and exhausted, with her blue uniform stained by grass and sweat, after a hard 80 minutes in her final soccer game with the Zimmerman Thunder. The Thunder’s best season had just ended with 1-0 loss to powerful neighbor Princeton on Tuesday in [...]

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