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Zach Ruprecht tossed a one-hit shutout in his varsity mound debut, leading the Zimmerman Thunder past Rockford 3-0 on Friday in Rockford. Ruprecht, a senior, walked three and struck out three, keeping a low pitch count to go the distance. “I was hoping to get a solid four innings (from Ruprecht) and platoon with other [...]

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The Zimmerman softball team, coming off a 16-6 season last spring, had a humbling opener Thursday, losing to the Becker Bulldogs 10-0 at Becker. Becky Harmon held the Thunder to two hits and struck out eight. Zimmerman starter Ashley Pool gave up four runs in two innings, and McKenna Butau gave up runs in three [...]

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Despite giving up only two hits, the Zimmerman Thunder lost to the Becker Bulldogs 3-2 in eight innings in the season opener Thursday in Becker. The Thunder outhit the Bulldogs 7-2 and got seven  good innings from starter Zach Nolan, who allowed two hits and a walk, striking out six. “We had four errors, which [...]

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Former Elk athlete Christopher Riley is the new head coach for Zimmerman baseball. Riley, a 1991 ERHS graduate who played football, basketball and baseball, has been the Thunder assistant coach for several years under Matt Kraus, who resigned. A physical education teacher at Westwood Elementary, he was an Elks assistant coach in the late 1990′s [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Austin May was a wrestler with 53 career losses two months ago when something convinced him he should aim for a high state finish, maybe even a championship. The Zimmerman junior upset No. 2-ranked Tyler Midas of Foley 7-1 in a dual meet Jan. 10, his first signature win. “After [...]

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Zimmerman enjoyed its first winning season in girls basketball since 2006 this year, but unfortunately the season ended in the first game of playoffs Tuesday. The Thunder, seeded No. 4 in Section 5AAA, lost to No. 5 Becker 64-54 at home, hurt by the absence of one of their senior guards. The Thunder finished 16-10. [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Zimmerman junior Austin May entered the state wrestling tournament with little notoriety, but emerged as the first state champion from District 728 in seven years on Saturday evening. May, a first-time state entrant, ground out three close decisions Friday and Saturday, then took charge of the championship match right [...]

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