Star News » Sports http://erstarnews.com 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. Fri, 28 Nov 2014 01:23:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Basketball: Knollenberg’s 33 lifts Sting to opening win http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/26/basketball-knollenbergs-33-lifts-sting-to-opening-win/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/26/basketball-knollenbergs-33-lifts-sting-to-opening-win/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 04:45:03 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782389 Jake Knollenberg led with 33 points as the Spectrum Sting won their opener Tuesday evening, beating Liberty Classical 79-47 in White Bear Lake.

Knollenberg is a junior forward who’s been playing varsity since ninth grade.

Nick Anderson added 121 points, Josiah Bondy 10, Ted Cullen 8, Ben Maki 6, Austin Kurilla 4, Cole Elrod 2, Martin Mayer 2, and Chaffrin 2.

It was the debut for new Sting head coach Marc Prepula.

The Sting will host Minnesota School for the Deaf on Tuesday.

 

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Basketball: Thunder fend off Princeton 66-65 in opener http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/26/basketball-thunder-fend-off-princeton-66-65-in-opener/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/26/basketball-thunder-fend-off-princeton-66-65-in-opener/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:04:24 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782354 Kody Dwyer (55) works his way toward the basket. He had 24 points for Zimmerman. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

Kody Dwyer (55) works his way toward the basket. He had 24 points for Zimmerman. (Photo by Erik Jacobson)

 

Kody Dwyer led with 24 points as the Zimmerman Thunder held off a Princeton rally 66-65 in their season opener at home Tuesday evening.

The Thunder, with an all-new starting five making its debut, led by as much as 18 in the second half, but the Tigers caught fire from long range, making eighth 3-pointers in the half.

Taylor McEachern drives for two of his 14 points.

Taylor McEachern drives for two of his 14 points.

The Thunder’s lead was trimmed to one before Dwyer sank two free shots, and Derek Williams one of two, to seal the win.

Dwyer, 6-foot-7 junior, scored 14 in the first half, leading the Thunder to a 30-24 edge. He made eight of 10 free shots in the second half.

Matthew Jacobson hits a 15-foot jumper.

Matthew Jacobson hits a 15-foot jumper.

Taylor McEachern scored 14 points, and Matthew Jacobson and Williams eight each, for the Thunder.

The Thunder will host Monticello on Tuesday.

Zimmerman scoring — Kody Dwyer 24, Taylor McEachern 14, Matthew Jacobson 8, Derek Williams 8, Austin Wiemeri 6, Chandler Wellman 5, Mack Riley 1, Thunder Heyer 1

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Hockey: Royal girls tie Orono 2-2 http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/hockey-royal-girls-tie-orono-2-2/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/hockey-royal-girls-tie-orono-2-2/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:24:12 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782351 The Rogers Royals are still looking for their first win after tying Orono 2-2 on Tuesday evening.

The Royals (0-2-2) grabbed a 2-0 lead in the first period on goals by Paetyn Levis and Sami Scherling, with Olivia Olson assisting on the latter.

Rogers still led 2-0 after two periods, but Brianna Bren pulled Orono even with two third-period goals, the tying shot coming with 1:09 left.

Ellie Anderson stopped 37 of 39 shots for Rogers. Ava Lambert saved 24 of 26 for Orono.

Rogers will play at Cambridge-Isanti next Tuesday.

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Hockey: Murray hits OT game-winner as No. 5 Elks tip No. 3 Wayzata 6-5 in opener http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/hockey-murray-hits-ot-game-winner-as-no-5-elks-tip-no-3-wayzata-6-5-in-opener/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/hockey-murray-hits-ot-game-winner-as-no-5-elks-tip-no-3-wayzata-6-5-in-opener/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:16:03 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782349 Jax Murray delivered the game-winner in overtime as Elk River clipped Wayzata 6-5 in a season-opening duel of two highly-ranked teams in Wayzata.

Murray, sophomore forward, struck 3:34 into overtime, unassisted, from about 10 feet, off a transition from defense top offense, for his second goal in his varsity debut. He also had an assist.

Jax Murray

Jax Murray

“Mac had good poise for a sophomore in a big game,” said coach Gordie Roberts. “He handled the puck really well.”

The Elks are ranked No. 5 and Wayzata No.3 in preseason by Let’s Play Hockey.

The Elks trailed 3-1 after one period and 5-4 after two. The equalizer came from Ben Johnson with 6:31 in the third period, assisted by Matt Kierstad and Reggie Lutz.

Peter Jones had a power play goal and an assist, Jack Geissler a goal and two assists, Kierstad three assists, Jake Jaremko a goal and assist, Lutz two assists, and Johnson a goal and assist.

The Elks used two goalies, with Joey Grillo give up four goals on eight shots, and Chase Gauthier one goal on nine shots. The Elks had a 37-19 edge in shots on goal and were 1-for-4 on power plays with Wayzata 0-for-2.

Roberts praised the defensive crew of Kierstad, Nick Perbix, Dylan Bouten, Benton Maass, and Noah Hallbeck for limiting Wayzata scoring opportunities.

About the six-goal performance against  a solid team, Roberts said, “The big difference this year is we’ve got a second line that can follow Jake Jaremko’s first line, and a good, hard-working third line, too. We’ve got more depth.”

Scoring for the Trojans were Billy Duma, Max Zimmer, Dillon Riley, Alex Stevens and Nathan Dingmann.

The Elks will host Benilde-St. Margaret’s on Saturday, 7 p.m.

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Hockey: Maple Grove snaps Elk girls win streak 2-1 in overtime http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/hockey-maple-grove-snaps-elk-girls-win-streak-2-1-in-overtime/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/hockey-maple-grove-snaps-elk-girls-win-streak-2-1-in-overtime/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:14:20 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782347 Elk goalie Michaela Gould stops a shot by Maple Grove's xxxxxx. xxxx

Elk goalie Michaela Gould stops a shot by Maple Grove’s Payton Olson (20).  (Photos by Bruce Strand)

 

Undefeated Maple Grove withstood a barrage of shots by Elk River-Zimmerman and beat the Elks 2-1 in overtime, snapping four-game win streak by the Elks, on Tuesday evening.

The Elks (3-1 conference, 5-2 overall) outshot the Crimson 43-21 in regulation but got just one past sophomore goalie Breanna Bleski.

Haley Williams advances the puck in the second period. She had the Elks' lone goal.

Haley Williams advances the puck in the second period. She had the Elks’ lone goal.

Haley Williams notched the Elk goal, 4:45 into the first period, assisted by Raelyn Korinek. Bailey Wendt scored for Maple Grove on a power play in the second period.

The Elks had a great chance in the final minute of regulation when, with Maple Grove in the power play, they sprung Shae McLean for a wide-open one-on-one opportunity. McLean fired from close range but Bleski made one of her 44 saves.

Katie Denecky got the game-winner 1:28 into overtime for the Crimson (5-0), hitting the near upper corner of the net from six feet away, after a nice crossing pass. Abby Larson and Haley Herdine assisted.

Michaela Gould stopped 21 of 23 shots for the Elks.

The Elks face Armstrong-Cooper on Saturday, 3 p.m., at New Hope Arena.

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Basketball: Keller leads Elk comeback against Buffalo in 40-34 opening win http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/basketball-keller-leads-elk-comeback-against-buffalo-in-40-34-opening-win/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/basketball-keller-leads-elk-comeback-against-buffalo-in-40-34-opening-win/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 04:13:14 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782345 Trent Pink drew a shooting foul from Buffalo's Dustin Willert (22) and made the free shots. (Photos by Bruce Strand)

Trent Pink drew a shooting foul from Buffalo’s Dustin Willert (22) and made the free shots. (Photos by Bruce Strand)

 

Matt Keller was the only player on target for either team with 22 points as he led Elk River past Buffalo 40-34 in the season opener for each team Tuesday evening in Elk River.

The 5-foot-11 junior point guard nailed a 3-pointer from the corner after the Elks had fallen behind 21-9 late in the first half.

“That was a really big 3-pointer for us,” said coach Randy Klasen.

Matt Keller led the Elks with 22 points, 16 in the second half.

Matt Keller led the Elks with 22 points, 16 in the second half.

The Elks got back within 21-14 after a very choppy first half of basketball for each team.

Keller had 16 points in the second half, including 8-for-10 at the line.

Zach Ernst was next-high with five points as the Elks shot 12-for-39 from the floor and 12-for-19 at the line. They struggled in the first half against the Bison’s tightly-packed zone, shooting only 22 percent.

The Elks were out rebounded 29-22 but had an 18-12 edge in turnovers.

“We played good defense, and we took care of the ball,” said Klasen. “I’ll take it (40 points) if it’s a win.”

Buffalo was led by Jared High and Taylor Spier with seven points each.

The Elks will meet Moorhead on Saturday at the Anoka-Ramsey High School Showcase at 2 p.m.

Elk scoring — Zach Ernst 5, Jarin Haywood 3, Matt Keller 22, Zeke Delain 3, Devell Miller 4

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Basketball: Royal boys rout Anoka 82-55 in opener http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/basketball-royal-boys-rout-anoka-82-55-in-opener/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/25/basketball-royal-boys-rout-anoka-82-55-in-opener/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 06:08:32 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782331 Rogers coach Joe Belka huddled with his team during a season -opening 82-55 win at Anoka. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Rogers coach Joe Belka huddled with his team during a season -opening 82-55 win at Anoka. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

The Rogers Royals came out blazing in their opener for an 82-55 win over the Anoka Tornadoes on Monday evening in Anoka.

Senior center Cole Murray scored 23 points and junior forward Steffan Musoke added 20, with one dunk each, leading the rout.

Nine players scored, with senior point guard Gunnar Bloom not among them but distributing 11 assists. Will Alexander, junior forward, hit 13 points off the bench and junior guard Allen Wilson had 10 points.

Cole Murray, who scored 23 points, looks to pass to Allen Wilson (3).

Cole Murray, who scored 23 points, looks to pass to Allen Wilson (3).

“We felt going into the season that would would have good balance and we showed that tonight,” said Joe Belka, Royal coach. “When your point guard doesn’t score and makes 11 assists, that’s pretty good.”

The Royals led 38-16 late in the first half and were up by as much as 31 in the second half. They shot 29-for-49 from the field (59 percent) including 6-for-12 on 3-pointers. Only at the line (18-for-30) were they a bit shaky.

Steffan Musoke dunks on a fast break for two of his 20 points.

Steffan Musoke dunks on a fast break for two of his 20 points.

“We played real well in spurts,” said Belka. “We had a couple of lulls, too.”

A defensive highlight was backup center Mitch Liebert taking three charges.

The Royals will host Stillwater on Tuesday.

 

Rogers scoring — Cole Murray 23 (4 reb), Steffan Musoke 20 (4 ast), Gunnar Bloom 0 (11 ast, 5 reb, 5 stl), Justin Bohnsack 4 (4 reb, 3 ast), Lance Lendl 4, Adam Heyer 2, Caleb Reese 2, Will Alexander 13, Mitch Liebert 4

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Emma Bates places 3rd at NCAA cross country meet http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/24/emma-bates-places-3rd-at-ncaa-cross-country-meet/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/24/emma-bates-places-3rd-at-ncaa-cross-country-meet/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 22:00:48 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782314 Elk River’s Emma Bates placed third in the NCAA Division I cross country meet Saturday, in the final race of her career for Boise State in this sport.

Bates, who was runner-up in last year’s nationals, covered six kilometers in 19:44.5, finishing behind Iowa’s Kate Avery and Wisconsin’s Sarah Disanza, at Terre Haute, Ind.

Emma Bates

Emma Bates

Bates and fellow senior Marissa Howard, who placed 28th, led the Broncos to an 11th-place team finish.

This marks the 10th time in Bates’ cross country and track career that she has earned All-America status. Last spring, she was 10,000-meter champion in track and field. She has one more season of indoor and outdoor track.

Team champions were the Michigan State women and Colorado men, with Oregon’s Edward Cheserek nabbing the men’s individual gold.

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Dance team: ERDT fifth in conference jazz opener http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/24/dance-team-erdt-fifth-in-conference-jazz-opener/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/24/dance-team-erdt-fifth-in-conference-jazz-opener/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:39:37 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782308 ERDT dance team including Bridget Brown, Erin Klang, Megan Buhl, Paige Mathewson and Heather Anderson performed. (Photo by Sheila Skogen)

ERDT dance team including Bridget Brown, Erin Klang, Megan Buhl, Paige Mathewson and Heather Anderson performed. (Photo by Sheila Skogen)

 

Elk River Dance Team ranked fifth among seven teams in their half of the opening Northwest Suburban Conference meet on Friday at Armstrong High School.

This was a jazz meet. The first kick meet will be held Monday, Dec. 1, at Centennial.

Ranking for Elk River’s half was (1) Maple Grove 3 (2) Totino-Grace 6 (3) Champlin Park 9.5 (4) Coon Rapids 12 (5) Elk River 13.5 (6) Osseo 19.5 (7) Park Center 19.5

The conference has expanded to 13 teams with Totino-Grace, Spring Lake Park, and Irondale added.

“The level of competition has definitely increased,” said Melissa Bast, ERDT coach. “We were very pleased with our performance despite some minor personal mistakes.  Our two highest categories in points were ‘Difficulty of Skills’ and ‘Routine Effectiveness,’  which demonstrates that we have a high quality and difficult routine choreographed. Now we just need to execute it!”

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Hockey: Elk girls top Irondale 7-2; goal streak ends at 23 http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/24/hockey-elk-girls-top-irondale-7-2-goal-streak-ends-at-23/ http://erstarnews.com/2014/11/24/hockey-elk-girls-top-irondale-7-2-goal-streak-ends-at-23/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 09:03:36 +0000 http://erstarnews.com/?p=782303 Six different players scored goals as Elk River-Zimmerman won its fourth straight game 7-2 over Irondale on Saturday evening in New Brighton.

The Elks (4-1) drilled three goals in the first seven minutes, extending their streak of goals to 23 over four games, before Irondale’s Maddie Hentges ended that streak with a goal at 7:48 of the first period.

Raelyn Korinek scored at 3:39, Reilly Springman at 6:36 and Shae McLan at 6:55, all even strength, for the quick 3-0 lead.

Julia Miller made it 4-1 with a goal at 11:03 of the first period. The Elks punched in three more goals in the second period. Breanna Simon got the fifth goal, and Abbie Canton notched both a power play goal and a shorthanded goal, 46 seconds apart.

Madison Bizal assisted on two Elk goals, and Simon, Canton, Haley Williams,Korinek and Miller provided one assist each. The Elks had a 31-22 edge in shots, with Mikey Gould in the nets, stopping 20 of 22. Hentges had both Irondale goals.

The Elks will host Maple Grove (4-0) on Tuesday.

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