Sports

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Dave Conley, who headed six state tournament and 15 conference champion teams in a 21-year tenure, has retired as Elk River boys golf coach. “I’ve had a lot of great players here, so it would be hard for a coach to screw them up,” Conley reflected, modestly, about his coaching [...]

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The Elk River Pioneers snapped a six-game losing streak by defeating the Big Lake Whitecaps  10-7 on Wednesday in Big Lake. The Pioneers (5-7) drew 14 walks in the seven-inning game, and nine of their 10 runs got aboard via walks. Big Lake, meanwhile, drew eight walks, for a total of 22 in the game. The [...]

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The Elk River Legion baseball team takes a 9-12 record into district playoffs after splitting two games this week to close the regular season. The Elks beat Champlin Park 5-2 on Tuesday in Champlin with Ben Johnson pitching a five-hitter with  seven strikeouts. Both runs were unearned. Riley Givens was 2-for-3 and Erik Nyquist was [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Paul Motin and Wayne Faulkner paired up for the Companions Classic only after Motin sent out an e-mail looking for a partner, but the somewhat random pairing worked out well. The duo placed first among 42 teams in the Elk River Golf Club event Saturday and Sunday with a [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Gloria Jenson and Greta Ege, who’ve won individual titles previously, captured their first pairs championship at the Companions Classic. They aggregated a 204 in the Elk River Golf Club event Saturday and Sunday, prevailing among nine women’s teams, by a two-stroke margin. “We ham-and-egged it pretty well,” said Ege. [...]

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Elk River Legion lost four games at the Gopher State Tournament before closing with a victory Sunday. The Elks (8-11) beat Tri-City Red 9-3 with Levi Burke tossing a five-hitter for his first Legion win. He stuck out six and walked five. Riley Givens went 3-for-4 with three RBI’s and Austin Heuer 2-for-3 with two [...]

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  The Rogers Red Devils enjoyed a good Saturday afternoon at the expense of the Elk River Pioneers, beating the home team twice in seven-inning games. The Pioneers, who were missing four starters, dropped to 4-6 with four straight losses. They will play at Big Lake on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Rogers 5, Pioneers 4 [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River’s conference, the Northwest Suburban, will be expanded to 14 schools this fall with the addition of Irondale, Spring Lake Park and Totino-Grace. This action was mandated by the Minnesota State High School League to give these schools a place to play after their conference, the North Suburban, folded. [...]

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