Sports

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Tyler Stevens, former Elk River wrestling star and college distance runner, tried his first marathon last month and made an excellent debut at Grandma’s Marathon. Stevens, 22, running in Duluth a few weeks after graduating from college there, finished in 2:47:21, which placed 99th among 1,345 in his age division [...]

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The Elk River Pioneers kept getting runners on base, and leaving them there. The Pioneers (4-5) stranded 15 runners in a 3-0 loss to St. Michael on Wednesday. They had just five hits but drew eight walks and two hit-by-pitches from four Saints pitchers. Josh Juntunen (six innings, three runs) took the loss. Porter Morrell [...]

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  Emily Brandt, who will be a conference rival of Elk River’s when her Irondale team joins the Elks’ conference this fall, is already making a good impression at the ERHS courts. Brandt repeated as singles champion when Elk River hosted a Northwest Suburban Conference summer tournament Tuesday. A junior-to-be who made all-conference player last [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Colton Buege, former Rogers all-state golfer, has qualified for the U.S. Amateur tournament. Buege, 22, placed second in a sectional qualifier with a 3-under-par 71-70-141 on Monday at Rush Creek in Maple Grove. “This will be my first U.S. Am. I’ve tried five or six times,” said Buege, who sank [...]

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  Several Star News area racers are among the season leaders at Princeton Speedway. Justin Pogones of Zimmerman ranks first and Ryan Kostreba of Elk River second in Wissota Street Stocks, through the end of June. That division also includes Amanda Milbrandt of Otsego in fifth place, Kurt Becken of Otsego in seventh and Jim [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River quarterback Trent Pink is getting some recognition from the recruiting web site Rivals.com after strong showings in summer camps. The junior-to-be attended a regional camp in Chicago in April and impressed enough to be invited to the Rivals.com camp in Jacksonville, FL, for the top 250 underclassman prospects [...]

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Ryan Sorensen, former Osseo and Augsburg player, has been hired as the new Elk River boys soccer coach. Sorensen was a two-time all-conference midfielder for Osseo, then played four years in a strong Augsburg program. He was an assistant for one season at Augsburg and was head coach at St. Francis one season, 2014. He [...]

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Aaron Lindquist, who coached the Elk River boys to a state tournament trip last year, will be coaching the Rogers girls this year, after securing a faculty position at RHS. Ryan Sorensen will succeed Lindquist as Elk boys coach. (See separate story.) Lindquist, who started teaching Economics at RHS last year, fills the vacancy left [...]

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