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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Taylor Odegard made her first state swimming trip as a 95-pound eighth-grader and has gone back with relay teams every year since. That’s a pretty good career already, but this fall, the Elk River senior is closing with what could be her most exciting season. “We are doing really well,” [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A football team’s ground game is only as strong and crisp as its offensive line’s legs, and that was beginning to be a concern for Elk River. The hogs delivered another stout performance as the Elks (5-0) rumbled to a 58-45 win over explosive Champlin Park (2-3) on Friday [...]

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  The only pass Zimmerman completed all night was a pivotal play as the Thunder prevailed in a defensive battle 16-8 over the Little Falls Flyers on Friday night. Taylor McEachern’s leaping catch of a Matt Dorso pass for a 22-yard touchdown with 7:20 left in the third quarter was the first score of the [...]

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A punt return for a touchdown helped the Rogers Royals take control early as they went on to defeat Cambridge-Isanti 42-6 on Friday evening in Cambridge. Gunnar Bloom field a punt on his 46 and rambled 54 yards to the end zone, opening up a 14-0 lead. Bloom, who has 15 touchdowns in five games, [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Art Hennington of Elk River completed his monumental task of playing every golf course in Minnesota when he toured the St. Paul Town and Country Club on Thursday. “I was treated like Royalty at T & C, but played like a pauper,” Hennington quipped. “I did have four pars, [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Elk River football team that will try stay unbeaten against Champlin Park at home Friday evening is leading the nation’s high schools in rushing, according to statistics kept by Max Preps. The Elks are averaging 527 yards per game on the ground after victories over Coon Rapids 47-0, Andover [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Rogers volleyball team has a pair of talented, all-around veteran players, but one of them has been sidelined lately. The Royals, led by senior Erika Folk with 12 kills, 26 digs, and two aces, turned back St. Francis 25-20, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18 at home Thursday evening. Watching from [...]

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  The Zimmerman volleyball team had a tough week with a pair of 3-0 losses at home in conference play. The St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders defeated the Thunder 25-16, 25-7, 25-14 on Tuesday. The Foley Falcons handed them a 25-21, 25-17, 25-22 loss on Thursday. Zimmerman is now 0-6 in the Granite Ridge Conference and [...]

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  For the first time ever, the Zimmerman cross country program has a first-place finish. The Zimmerman girls won a five-team meet at Foley on Thursday and had the individual winner, too, in Cheresa Bouley. Coach Mike Back said it was the first time the Thunder have won a meet, although they’ve had some individual [...]

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