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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River’s quest to return to the state tournament after a one-year absence was derailed by Duluth East, for the second straight year, 4-3 on Saturday on the ERHS courts. The Elks finished 16-6 with the Section 7AA semifinal defeat. Duluth East, which beat the Elks in the finals [...]

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  The top-seeded Rogers Royals cruised into the finals of the Section 8AA tournament with a 3-0 win over Moorhead on Saturday afternoon. The Royals (15-3) will duel No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville (15-3) at home Tuesday, 7 p.m. The Royals beat the Knights 1-0 on a free kick with 33 seconds left during conference play. [...]

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  The Elk River/Rogers/Zimmerman swimmers placed fourth among seven teams while Rogers placed seventh but had three first-place entrants on Saturday at Section 8AA true-team in Elk River. The Elks’ two arch rivals battled for the state berth with Maple Grove outscoring St. Michael-Albertville 1137 to 1080. Elk River/Zimmerman senior Taylor Odegard won the 50 [...]

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  The Zimmerman Thunder have picked up two playoff wins, for the first time in the program’s history, after defeating the Cloquet Lumberjacks 4-1 at home on Saturday afternoon. Two straight goals by Amanda Sahr gave the Thunder a 3-0 lead, with Hailey Artman and Brooke Salo also scoring, as they followed up their 4-0 [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor The play that best describes Gunnar Bloom, his coach says, was a long run against Elk River in an afternoon playoff game last year where the tailback added sunlight to his long list of tools. “A defender had an angle on him and was going to catch him from behind,” [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Losing their starting quarterback did not faze the Zimmerman Thunder as they rolled to a 38-0 victory over the Milaca Wolves on Friday evening. Sparked by sophomore backup QB Alex Riley and a dominating defense, the Thunder (6-1) posted to their fifth straight win, at home. Milaca fell to [...]

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The Rogers football team can now turn their full attention to their next Big Game against St. Michael-Albertville, an event which often occurs twice a year. The Royals crushed Big Lake 62-7 in a non-conference match Friday night, improving to 7-0. They rushed for 458 yards. Adam Heyer caught a pair of touchdown passes from [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River had what appeared to be a “gimme” game Friday night, taking the field with a 5-1 record against Anoka’s 1-5, both playing the same schedule. Trouble is, Anoka is one team Elk River, historically, seldom beats in football, this year no exception. The Tornadoes took a quick [...]

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