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. Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:50:37 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Dance team: ERDT gets season-best kick score at Mounds View; sectionals next Wed, 28 Jan 2015 10:46:06 +0000 ERDT High Kick included Megan Buhl (left) and Bridget Brown. (Photo by Nina Mathewson)

ERDT High Kick included Megan Buhl (left) and Bridget Brown. (Photo by Nina Mathewson)


Elk River Dance Team, in its final meet before sectionals, placed eighth in high kick, and ninth in jazz, among 13 schools in their division, at the Mounds View Invitational last Saturday.

The jazz did not go well, said coach Melissa Bast, as they scored 301.

” Unfortunately it wasn’t our strongest performance,” she assessed, “and we received an overall point score that more closely reflected our scores at the beginning of the season.  Coming out of a tough finals week at school, we knew the girls would be tired, so it’s understandable that there was a tiny dip in their scores.”

However, they bounced back with a 343 in high-kick.

“This was our highest Kick score of the season,” said the coach. “Where the girls lacked in their Jazz performance, they pushed all that energy into their kick performance.”

ERDT Jazz included Kylee Reimann (front) and (from left) Tyra Jenni, Megan Buhl, Brianna Anderson. (Photo by Nina Mathewson).

ERDT Jazz included Kylee Reimann (front) and (from left) Tyra Jenni, Megan Buhl, Brianna Anderson. (Photo by Nina Mathewson).

The ERDT’s best-scoring categories were “Practicality of Content,” referring to how well the routine is choreographed based on the ability level of the dancers, and “Routine Effectiveness.”

“We are excited to push for a 350 or higher at sections this weekend,” said Bast.

The Section 4AAA meet will be held at Coon Rapids (although Anoka is host team) on Saturday beginning 11 a.m.

The JV jazz team took ninth go 20 with a season-best 281 score. Coach Abby Jarnot said, “The girls ended the season with their best scores and best performance of the season.  It was an exciting way to wrap up their season on ERDT.”

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Basketball: Thunder boys rule second half, beat Mora 59-49 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:33:50 +0000 Thunder guard Derek Williams was about to get fouled while driving to the hoop on a transition play. (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Thunder guard Derek Williams was about to get fouled while driving to the hoop on a transition play. (Photo by Bruce Strand)


The Zimmerman Thunder made a defensive switch and dominated the second half to defeat the Mora Mustangs 59-49 at home Tuesday evening.

After trailing 26-20 at halftime, the Thunder went to a 1-3-1 half-court trap that stymied the Mustangs and led to several turnovers and transition baskets. The Thunder took charge with a 17-3 run after halftime.

Thunder Heyer sank 18 points and Tayler McEachern 14 to lead the Thunder (4-4 conference, 5-12 overall).

It was Zimmerman’s second win over the Mustangs (0-9, 5-15).

Zimmerman will host North Branch on Friday,

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Hockey: Rogers boys lose to Breck 4-1 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:13:47 +0000 The Breck Royals handed the Rogers Royals a 4-1 loss on Tuesday evening in Golden Valley.  Taylor Scott punched in two goals for Breck (15-6-1) and Chase Ellingson and Carter Breitenfeldt one each. Shane Smith opened the scoring with a goal for Rogers (6-13-1). Rogers faces North Branch on Thursday in Lindstrom.

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Hockey: Cougars tip Elk girls 2-1 in OT, in duel for runner-up slot Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:03:41 +0000 Elk River-Zimmerman lost a duel for second place in the conference to Centennial 2-1 in overtime on Tuesday evening in Circle Pines.

The Cougars are 13-3-1 in the Northwest Suburban with one game left. The Elks finished conference play 13-4-1.

The two evenly-matched squads tied 2-2 on Dec. 29. That game was in a tournament so they had a shootout which the Elks won, but officially it’s a tie. Centennial still has a conference game left, against Champlin Park (5-8-1).

Both finish behind Maple Grove, which is 16-0 in conference with one game left, against Irondale.

Haley Loveland, a senior defender with just one previous goal, delivered both goals for the Cougars (17-6-1). Her game-winner came 6:09 into overtime.

The Elks’ goal also came from a senior defender, Jessica Dexheimer, her first of the season, in the second period, assisted by Annie Dalton and Breanna Simon.

The Elks outshot the Cougars 36-22. Anne Juergen made 35 stops for the Cougars and Mikey Gould had 20 for the Elks.

The Elks (18-5-1), the likely top seed in Section 7AA, will close the regular season against section rival Duluth at home Friday.


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Hockey: Royal girls give champ Bison a battle this time, lose 4-2 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:55:26 +0000 The last time the Rogers girls hockey team took on Buffalo, they were demolished 12-0, on Dec. 9.

The young Royals lineup showed how far they’ve come on Tuesday night, falling to the conference champion Bison again, but by only 4-2 this time, in their Mississippi 8 Conference finale.

In fact, the Royals led 2-0 after one period, on goals by Danni Hopp (Sami Scherling assisting) and Paetyn Levis.

Buffalo (11-0 conference, 17-7 overall) outshot the Royals 42-15 and overtook them with Payton Rudiger knocking in two goals and Kirsten Olson and Ashley Effertz one each.

Kendra Carlson made 15 saves for Buffalo, and Ellie Anderson 38 saves for Rogers.

The Royals (4-14-6 overall) finished conference play 3-5-4. They will close the regular season hosting Anoka on Thursday evening.


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Basketball: Elk boys trip Panthers 73-47 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:19:46 +0000 The Elk River Elks grabbed a 73-47 win over Spring Lake Park on the Panthers’ court Tuesday.

Matt Keller led the Elks (6-6 conference, 10-8 overall) with 19 points. Mitchell Weege added 13 points, and Zeke Delain, Trent Pink and Wyatt Morrell chipped in 9 points each.

Zach Ojille scored 11 and Tim Petkato and Jake LeVahn 10 each for the Panthers (4-9, 5-14).

The Elks will host Andover on Friday.

Elk scoring — Matt Keller 19, Mitchell Weege 13, Trent Pink 9, Zeke Delain 9, Wyatt Morrell 9, Jack Burger 7, JD Haywood 3, Alec Hills 2, Cole Lachmiller 2


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Basketball: Elk girls rout SLP, put 13-game streak on line vs. No. 4 Tonka next Wed, 28 Jan 2015 04:13:00 +0000 Now comes the tough part for the Elk River Elks, who cruised to their 13th straight win Tuesday night, 75-28 over Spring Lake Park at home.

The No. 5 ranked Elks (13-1) will play at No. 4 Minnetonka (15-3) on Thursday evening in a non-conference game, followed by conference games at  Andover (11-5) on Friday and at home against defending state Class 3A champion Park Center on Tuesday.

The Elks have beaten No. 9 ranked Centennial, No. 15 Maple Grove and No. 17 Champlin Park in conference play. Minnetonka will probably be their strongest opponent to date.

“They are very good,” said Elk coach Reed Caouette. “They’ve got a couple girls who’ll probably go Division I.”

The Elks have had very few breathers in the Northwest Suburban Conference although Spring Lake Park (2-16) would qualify as one.

Ava Kramer scored 15 points, Gabi Haack and Abi Scheid 14 each, and Jayme Langbehn 11. Reserves played much of the game and it went to running time early.

Amira Reed led the Panthers with 13.


Elk  scoring — Ava Kramer 15, Kelsie Cox 5, Alyse Grunewald 5, Jayme Langbehn 11, Anna Rollag 2, Sidney Wentland 6, Danielle Lachmiller 3, Gabi Haac 14, Abi Scheid 15.

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Basketball: Miss. 8 leader St. Francis wards off Rogers 81-69 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:54:26 +0000 The first-place St. Francis Saints fended off a Rogers rally to defeat the Royals 81-69 on Tuesday evening in St. Francis.

The Saints are 8-0 in the Mississippi 8 and 15-4 overall after the victory led by guard Robbie Whitney with  20 points and forward Ethan Scheuring with 18.

Rogers (3-4, 10-9) trailed by 12 in the first half, got within 35-33 at halftime, fell behind again, and scrambled back to a 69-69 tie with just over three minutes left. Then the Royals went cold and had to foul, and the Saints cashed 10 straight free throws, six by Scheuring.

Adam Heyer scored points, Gunnar Bloom 13 and Cole Murray 12, with 10 rebounds, for Rogers.

The Royals will play at Monticello on Friday.


Rogers scoring — Steffan Musoke 9, Allen Wilson 6 (6 ast, 4  reb), Gunnar Bloom 13, Lance Lendl 6 (5 reb, 3 stl), Adam Heyer 14, Will Alexander 9, Cole Murray 12 (10 reb)

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Basketball: Royal girls start fast, beat St. Francis 63-48 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 03:48:56 +0000 The Rogers Royals scored the first 17 points of the game and went on to defeat the St. Francis Saints 63-48 at home Tuesday evening in a duel for second place in the Mississippi 8.

Senior post Marina Nowak led the Royals (11-6) to their seventh  straight win, notching 23 points and nine rebounds, sinking 9-of-17 shots in the low post.

Senior wing Taylor Paulsrud added 16 points and Paige Dobberstein was next with nine.

Sammie Zgutowicz tallied 15 points and Molly Kungel 13 for St. Francis (8-8).

Both teams were 4-1 in conference coming into the game, trailing unbeaten St. Michael-Albertville.

Rogers will host Monticello on Friday.


Rogers scoring — Maddie Mikolich 1, Bailey Miller 4, Taylor Anderson 5, Taylor Paulsrud 16, Bella Wilson 1, Marina Nowak 23 (9 reb), Hannah Sjerven 4, Paige Dobbersten 9


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Basketball: Sting girls coast against Cristo Rey 55-26 Wed, 28 Jan 2015 00:12:28 +0000 Macie Burns of the Sting led a fast break after a turnover. Trailing were teammate xxxx and Cristo Rey's Denisha Sanders (2). (Photo by Bruce Strand)

Macie Burns of the Sting led a fast break after a turnover. Trailing were teammate Tara Gleason (120 and Cristo Rey’s Denisha Sanders (2). (Photo by Bruce Strand)


The Spectrum Sting were missing two starters but defeated Cristo Rey Jesuit 55-26 at home on Monday evening. They led 25-14 at the half and dominated the second half at both ends of the floor.

Kassidi Robbins and Brynn Bozich scored 17 points each. Macie Burns had 7, Lorna Bechtel 6, Tara Gleason 4, Katelyn Bozich 2 and Brittany Robbins 2.

Spectrum (6-12) will host St. Croix Prep on Friday night for the Winter Fest celebration with girls playing at 6:30 p.m. and boys at 8 p.m.

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