Star News » Sports The Star News covers community news, sports, current events and provides advertising and information for Elk River, Otsego, Rogers and Zimmerman, Minnesota and their surrounding areas. Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:19:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Tennis: Elks lose to Wayzata, Tech Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:42:10 +0000 The conference champion Elk River tennis team  lost to a pair of strong non-conference opponents, Wayzata 5-2 on Saturday and St. Cloud Tech 6-1 on Monday, both on the road.

The Elks are 13-6 overall and 12-0 in the Northwest Suburban Conference. They will host Armstrong in the conference final on Tuesday. Armstrong has just one conference loss and can tie the Elks for the title with a win. The Elks have clinched at least a share of the title.

Wayzata, ranked No. 5, has an 8-5-1 record against a very strong schedule. St. Cloud Tech is 12-1.

Meagan Brown, Elk freshman at No. 1 singles, won both her matches, raising her record to 18-1.


Wayzata 5, Elk River 2


(1) Meagan Brown, ER, def Jenica Zhong 6-4, 6-0

(2) Kathlyn Tarrolly, Wyz, def Rebekah Morrison  7-5, 3-7, 10-3

(3) Erica Ferguson, Wyz,  def Elizabeth Brayden 6-4, 6-4

(4) Karen Yu, Wyz, def Carmen Kaelke 6-1, 6-4


(1) Hallie Koehn-Sam Stephenson, Wyz, def Lauren Brayden-Jen Koehler 6-4, 6-2

(2) Lauren Moyner-Allie Wenner, Wyz, def Erin Hanegraaf-Brooke Burns 6-0, 6-3

(3) Haley Branden-Hannah Ahrendt 6-0, 6-1


St. Cloud Tech 6, Elk River 1


(1) Meagan Brown, ER, def Taylor Tarrolly 4-6, 6-3, 7-6

(2) Kathlyn Tarrolly, SCT, def Jen Koehler  6-1, 7-5

(3) Jill Kedrowski, SCT, def Lauren Brayden 7-5, 6-7, 6-3

(4) name not available, SCT, def Carmen Kaelke, ER, lost 6-0, 6-0


(1) names not available, SCT, def Erin Reiner-Brooke Burns 6-1, 6-1

(2) Courtney Donnelly-Rebecah Zwiener, SCT, def Emmy Hanegraf-Dani Dokken 4-6, 6-3, 6-4

(3) Sam Boettcher-Kaydee Miller, SCT, def Elizabeth Brayden-Rebekah Morrison, score not available



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Soccer: Sting beat North Lakes 6-0 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 03:26:44 +0000 The Spectrum Sting won 6-0 over North Lakes Academy with Olivia Rice notching two goals and Lorna Bechtel, Sierra Anderson, Emily O’Connell and Megan McCarty one each Saturday in Forest Lake. Providing assists were Anderson, O’Connell, Maddie Bursch and Makayla Morrell. The Sting are 5-7-2.

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Swimming: Elks 8th in strong field at U of M invitational Mon, 29 Sep 2014 21:39:51 +0000 The Elk River swimmers entered a strong University of Minnesota meet, the Maroon and Gold Invitational, for the first time, and placed eighth among 13 teams in the Gold division on Saturday.

“In a group of 12 strong Minnesota teams and on great Wisconsin team, we took eighth place and just three points behind our rival St. Michael-Albertville,” said coach Luke Johnson.

Highlights were relays placing fourth, sixth and eighth, Taylor Odegard eighth in the 50 free, Alaina Sylvester 13th in the individual medley, Jessica Young 12th in the 500 freestyle, and Krista Kovar 10th and Allissa George 13th in diving.

“This was a fun meet because the U of M is such a great pool,” said Johnson. “The atmosphere was that of a championship meet.”

The Elks, 5-0 in duals, will have their toughest test of the season Tuesday when they swim at STMA.

Diving highlights

In diving, the Elks’ three first-year divers competed well in a field of 31, with Kovar placing 10th with 187.35, George 13th with 183.85, and Katie Hartneck 21st with 171.45.

Kovar, a junior whose PR is 202 points, had an unusual mishap during the third dive, reported Jenn Bartlett, diving coach. While kicking out for her entry on her back 1 1/2 somersault in the pike position, she clipped both her feet on the board.  Rules state six judges can’t give the diver over 2.0 if she hits the board. Kovar scored 13.8 on a dive where she usually earns 32 to 38.

“Krista is a natural athlete who can do anything she puts her mind to,” said Bartlett. “Diving is a challenge to her and she loves a challenge. Her long lines, pointed toes, and correct diving positions help her stand out.”

George, a sophomore, has been adding higher-difficulty dives each week. At this meet, she added a reverse 1 1/2 somersault with half-twist, and was one of only two divers in the Gold division to try it.

Bartlett observed: “Although her approach looks like she is doing a vaulting hurdle, Allissa has great control in the air and executes her dives like a seasoned veteran.”

Hartneck, a senior, scored big (40.25) on her third round dive, the back 1 1/2 somersault with 1 1/2 twist, with very good elevation, and completing her twist prior to entering the water.

“She has practiced hard at making this one of her best dives,” said Barlett, “and it shows in her scores. It is hard to believe Katie is a first year diver.”

The Elks are 5-0 in duals heading into their toughest test thus far, at St. Michael-Albertville, on Tuesday.

Team scoring

1. Edina 477.5
2. Arrowhead, WI, 431
3. Eden Prairie 349
4. Centennial 263
5. Stillwater 228
6. Rochester Mayo 127.5
7. St. Michael-Albertville 114.5
8. St. Paul Central 114.5
9. Woodbury 65
10. Cretin-Derham Hall 44
12. East Ridge 31

Elks in top 30

200 medley relay — (8) Jessica Young, Alaina Sylvester, Samantha Hendricks, Taylor Odegard 1:55.28

200 freestyle — (30) Hannah Johnson 2:08.52

200 individual medley — (13) Sylvester 2:17.55 (27) Anya Larson 2:27.25

50 freestyle — (8) Odegard 25.80 (12) Hendricks 26.01

Diving — (10) Krista Kovar 187.35 (13) Allissa George 183.85 (21) Katie Harneck 171.45

100 butterfly — (19) Larson 1:04.47 (28) Maggie Techsendorf 1:09.40

100 freestyle — (16) H. Johnson 58.12

500 freestyle — (12) Young 5:25.05

200 freestyle relay — (4) Hendricks, Sylvester, Young, Odegard, 1:44.39

100 backstroke — (22) Kaylee Benson 1:06.79 (27) Emma Johnson 1:09.27

200 breaststroke — (24) Alexandria O’Mara 1:16.65 (30) Chloe Bechtel 1:19.04

400 freestyle relay — (6) Hendricks, Sylvester, Young, Odegard, 3:44.96

Osseo won 2-1, Gil Valdez scored assisted by Mason Tegg.

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Inman, Ward are Zimmerman’s homecoming king, queen Mon, 29 Sep 2014 19:59:20 +0000 Reid Inman and   Julia Ward were crowned homecoming king and queen at Zimmerman last week. Above, they were introduced at halftime of the football game along with the rest of the royal court. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Reid Inman and Julia Ward were crowned homecoming king and queen at Zimmerman last week. Above, they were introduced at halftime of the football game along with the rest of the royal court. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

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Soccer: Elk boys lose to Osseo 2-1 Mon, 29 Sep 2014 17:56:05 +0000 The Elk River Elks lost at Osseo 2-1 on Saturday. Gil Valdez had the Elks goal, assisted by Mason Tegg. The Elks (1-9 conference, 3-10 overall) will host Irondale on Tuesday, boys at 5 p.m., girls 7 p.m.

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Soccer: Elks trip Osseo 5-0; Schoenfelder has 4 goals Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:51:17 +0000 Shayne Schoenfelder pumped in the first four goals as the Elk River Elks rolled to a 5-0 win over the Osseo Orioles on Saturday.

Schoenfelder, a swift freshman forward, opened the scoring with a goal off a through ball from Monet Cairns, and made it 2-0 with another off a crossing pass from Madyson St. Germain. Rachel Ness assisted on the third goal, a turn-and-finish move.

Cairns notched the final goal as the Elks with a good finish off a pass from St. Germain over the top of the defense.

Defensively, the Elks didn’t allow a shot from inside the 18-yard box against the Orioles (1-12). Alyse Grunewald was in goal for the Elks’ second shutout of the season.

The Elks have won two straight after losing four in a row and eight of nine. They beat Spring Lake Park 4-2 on Tuesday.

The Elks (4-7 conference, 4-10 overall) are heading into the final week of the regular season. They’ll host Irondale on Tuesday (boys 5 p.m., girls 7 p.m.) and will play at Champlin Park on Thursday.

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Soccer: Thunder tip Two Harbors 1-0 on Salo goal Mon, 29 Sep 2014 07:49:42 +0000 Brooke Salo notched the lone goal of the game as the Zimmerman Thunder beat a section rival, Two Harbors, 1-0 at home Saturday.

Salo, senior midfielder, scored in the 17th minute in a scramble at the net, after having her original shot blocked by a defender. It was her 12th goal of the season.

Demie Bond was in goal for the shutout, making four saves. Abbie Canton, who’s usually in the nets, was held out with an ankle sprain, although she did see some minutes in the field.

The Thunder notched their fifth shutout of the season. It helped that veteran Maddie Jacob was able to return to action; she had been held out to check for a concussion but it turned out she didn’t have one, said coach Jeff Downing.

The Thunder (8-3-2 overall, 3-1-2 in conference, and 2-2 in the section) close the regular season with a home game vs. Becker on Tuesday and at St. Cloud Cathedral on Thursday.

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Cross country: Rogers boys 5th in Maroon at Griak meet; Elks, Spectrum also run Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:41:36 +0000 The Rogers boys placed fifth in the Maroon Division of the Roy Griak Invitational, an annual cross country showcase for high school and college teams hosted by the University of Minnesota, on Saturday.

Elk River and Spectrum were also among the approximately 100 high school teams from several states, with the field divided into the Gold (top) and Maroon divisions.

The Royals took fifth among 56 teams in the Maroon, led by Tyler Bethke, who placed eighth (17:24). Caleb Burke was 16th (17:46), Carl Parent 55th (18:19), Karl Gorecki 72nd (18:31), and Ben Sylvester 92nd (18:43). The Royals top five was all seniors.

Lakeville North won the Maroon with 165, followed by Brandon Valley 174, Notre Dame Academy 209, Mounds View 239 and Rogers 248. Mike Destache of St. Paul Academy led the Maroon division with a time of 17:00.

The Elk River boys entered the Gold division and placed 32nd among 50 teams. The Elks’ all-stater, Lucas Trapp, who’s been dealing with a knee problem, was not able to finish. Zach Glasgow was 125th (18:07), Cory Warner 156th (18:23), Tyler Hudson 167th (18:26), Christian Leonard 211th (18:52) and Peyton Holmes 215th (18:54).

Wayzata was the Gold team champion, and Olin Hacker of Madison (WI) West won individually with 15:35.

The Elk River girls placed 26th among 51 teams in the Maroon Division. Annica Carr was 81st (21:59), Maria Brown 128th (22:40), Gracie Scheid 143rd (22:50), Gabriela Jung 144th (22:50) and Jessica Holmquist 171st (21:59).

The Rogers girls placed 28th in the Maroon. Jenna Karls was 116th (22:30), Hannah Teasdale 123rd (22:34), Leah Lyngen 146th (22:51), Madie Mikolich 168th (23:06) and Ellie Cargill 186th (22:30).

Notre Dame Academy was the Maroon girls team winner, and Annie Frisbie of River Falls, WI, was the individual winner in 18:50.

The Spectrum boys placed 38th in the Maroon, with Zack Peterson in 61st place (18:23), Nevin Sagstetter 159th (19:24), Ben Harvey 217th (19:50), Elijah Ehr 225th (19:56) and Nate Hackbarth 299th (20:51).

Bates runs 6th in D-I race

Emma Bates, Boise State senior from Elk River, placed fifth in the collegiate Division I race with 21:03 for 5,000 meters. Bates was runner-up in the NCAA meet last year, and won the 10,000 meters in the NCAA track meet. Boise State placed fourth among 35 teams at the Griak, with Michigan State winning. Minnesota placed seventh. Arizona State senior Shelby Houlihan placed first in 20:34.

The Griak also has Division II and III college races.

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Volleyball: Elks win 2 of 4 at Hopkins tourney Sun, 28 Sep 2014 09:39:25 +0000 The Elk River volleyball team won two of four matches at the Hopkins tournament on Saturday.

The Elks (6-8) lost to their first match to Orono 25-18, 25-11. Sidney Wendland had five kills, and Kaitlyn Pearson seven kills and an ace.

The Elks beat Albert Lea 25-16, 25-22. Gina Honek had seven kills, Wentland six kills and 10 digs, Gabby Haack 11 digs, and Annika Johnson and Blair Lundquist eight assists each.

The Elks lost to Eastview 25-19, 25-14. Kennedy Strain and Geneva Kachinske led with four kills each. Kachinske had eight digs.

The Elks beat Park Center 25-22, 11-25, 15-10. Wentland had seven kills and nine digs, Abi Scheid five kills and three blocks, Strain and Haack two aces each, Honek 10 digs, and Pearson nine digs.

Elk River will host Irondale on Tuesday.

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Athlete of the week: Taylor Odegard, Elk River, swimming: Lean machine Sat, 27 Sep 2014 11:36:57 +0000 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,” Odegaard marveled Monday. “The captains have been so nice to work with, and we are getting so much help.”

The Elks are 5-0 in dual meets and showing enough depth to feel they can finally challenge the top teams like Maple Grove. Leaders are Odegaard and fellow senior co-captains Jessica Young and Samantha Hendricks.

Taylor Odegard has gone to state in relays, and made all-conference, each year since eighth grade. (Lommel Photography)

Taylor Odegard has gone to state in relays, and made all-conference, each year since eighth grade. (Lommel Photography)

“Taylor is a great asset for our team,” said coach Luke Johnson. “She is a very good swimmer, and as a captain, in practices, she’s a very social person, always smiling, and the girls kind of gravitate toward her.”

Along with several relay wins, she won the 50 and 100 against both Buffalo and Andover, and the backstroke against Coon Rapids, while placing second behind two strong Osseo swimmers in the 100 and 200.

Asked about goals for her senior season, Odegard said, “To be best captain I can be. And help bring another relay to state. I want to keep that going. And get the state cut time in the 50 and 100.”

Being captain means “being more involved” in every way — planning and organizing team functions, staying focused year-round, reaching out to the younger girls, and “making sure the team is having fun and getting along.” One of her teammates is freshman sister Hailey.

Long, lean and lithe at 5-foot-10 and 120 pounds, Odegard lacks only a strong kick, said Johnson. Her height is an advantage, the front of her stroke is quite strong and “folds the water really well,” her dives and breakouts are brisk and efficient, and she has excellent pool awareness with “eyes wide open to competition.”

Odegard’s personal-bests are 24.7 in the 50 free and 54.5 in the 100 free. Her name appears on the Elk all-time record board in the 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays. All-conference since eighth grade, Odegard has gone to state in the MR three times and the 200 twice.

Her career highlight so far was state her sophomore year when she teamed with Courtney Grunewald, Samantha Hendricks and Ali Schwab to placed fourth in the 200 relay with 1:36.61, and with Emma Johnson, Schwab, and Grunewald to place 10th in medley with 1:49.067, both school records. Her other state relays have all scored points placing 15th.

“Relays are my favorite, for sure,” said Odegard. “It’s fun having people to race with, so it’s not just you.”

Odegard has been a swimmer since age nine, when her mother, Julie, who had a good college career at St. Olaf, got her and sister Hailey into the pool. “We liked it, and we stuck with it,” said Taylor, who also did basketball and track for a while.

Outside the pool, Odegard is intrigued by fashion. She reads “Seventeen,” watches “Gossip Girls” to check out what they’re wearing, and goes online to “look at clothes that I can’t get!” She plans to major in the fashion field in college.


Taylor Odegard

Taylor Odegard (Jacki V Photography)

Personal file — Age: 17 … Family: parents Julie and Devin; sisters Hailey, 14, and Gabby, 8 … Sports: swimming, formerly track … Academics: 3.9 GPA … NHS, Link, Impact, Evening of the Arts … College plans: Minnesota or Wisconsin-Stout, fashion marketing

Favorite stuff — Class: school store, fashion and marketing … TV shows: “Gossip Girls,” “The Office,” “Pretty Little Liars” … Best movie seen lately: “Endless Love” … Food: Italian fare, especially Olive Garden and Noodles & Co. … Reading: “Seventeen” magazine …. Athlete: Michael Phelps …. Drink: Sprite, Gatorade blue … Hobbies: drawing, ceramics … Wants to visit: Caribbean (again), New York, Paris

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