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Andrew Piehl, Rogers junior-to-be, placed seventh at 285 pounds in both Freestyle and Greco-Roman in the USA Wrestling nationals in Fargo held July 25-30. After qualifying by placing first at separate regionals, Piehl went 5-2 with three falls at nationals in Freestyle, and 4-3 in Greco-Roman. In each case, he was dropped into the lower [...]

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The Elk River Pioneers were humbled by first-place St. Michael 12-1 there Wednesday evening. Jared Dehmer struck out 13 Pioneers in the seven-inning rout by the leaders of the North Star League North Division. Blake Schirmers went 4-for-4 with two RBI’s and Alex Naasz 2-for-4 with four RBI’s. The Saints scored six runs each off [...]

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Elk River’s VFW team had too high a hill to climb at the end, losing in the district finals to a talented Champlin Park team 10-0 on Tuesday evening at Anoka. “We won six elimination games in the tournament, including the last five in a row,” said coach Ryan Holmgren. “The kids gave everything they [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A fast-pitch softball team of mostly Rogers and Elk River athletes won a 16-and-under national tournament in Orlando, FL, last week. Xtreme98 beat Kentucky Pride 9-4 in the finals of the ESPN USSSA World Series 16A division on Saturday, after which they watched the telecast on ESPN-3. “We had [...]

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Rogers auto racer Andrew List achieved his first top-10 finish in open-wheel formula car racing July 20 at the Honda Indy Toronto during his first international racing weekend. He placed 10th among 23 starters.   List, 20, is a rookie in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Series Powered by Mazda, after doing well in karts [...]

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  The Northwest Diamonds 9U-A team won the Bronze division of multi-state North American Fast-pitch Association tournament July 24-27 in Bloomington. The team lost twice in pool play, which determined which teams compete in Gold, Silver and Bronze, then won nine of 10 game to place first. There were 78 teams in the three divisions [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River VFW baseball is one win from the state tournament after winning five straight games in the losers bracket of the district tournament. The Elks, who lost to Champlin Park 10-0 in the first round of the final eight on Friday, outslugged the same team 16-15 in the [...]

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by¬† Bruce Strand, Sports editor Cassandra (Brown) Smith had a 186-19 career record with Elk River, and was a three-year starter for St. Cloud State, but she cheerfully defers to 14-year-old sister Meagan Brown as the stronger half of their doubles team. “She could kick my butt now, that’s for sure,” said Cassandra, 22, after [...]

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