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The Zimmerman Thunder won a five-game match against Fridley at home Monday, then lost a close four-gamer at Milaca on Tuesday. The Thunder beat Fridley 17-25, 25-23, 25-17, 23-25, 15-6, led by Anissa Rosario with 11 kills and two blocks, and Kayla Christopherson with 26 assists and four aces. Amira Samaha made two blocks and [...]

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Cheresa Bouley, Zimmerman eighth-grader, was the first-place runner in the Mora Invitational cross country meet on on Tuesday. Nikki Jurik placed fourth and Summer Peoples 16th as the Sting placed fourth among eight teams. The Thunder boys had an incomplete team. Connor Gagne placed fifth.

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The Zimmerman girls placed second and the boys were fourth at the Pine City cross country meet Thursday. Girls team standings were (1) Pine City 50 (2) Zimmerman 54 (3) Rush City 70 (4) North Branch 76 (5) Mille Lacs 96 (6) East Central (7) Hinkley Finlayson (8) Marantha Academy (9) Braham Cheresa Bouley led Zimmerman, placing third, with Nikki Jurik in 4th, Summer Peoples  11th, Kelsie [...]

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Hailey Artman scored the first two goals and the Zimmerman Thunder went on to defeat Mesabi East 6-0 at home on Saturday. After Artman scored in the 8th and 21st minutes, she assisted on a goal by Katie Jacob in the 30th minute. Following were goals by Brooke Salo in the 33rd minute, Abbie Canton [...]

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The Becker Bulldogs, expecting a big year, unleashed an air game that Zimmerman couldn’t handle and beat the Thunder 44-16 on Friday evening in the Granite Ridge opener for both. Michael Veldman fired five touchdown passes, four of them to Eric Blomgren, from 68, 16, 35 and five yards out, at Becker. Adam Rassmussen caught [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder lost a conference game to Little Falls 3-0 on Thursday on the Flyers’ field. “Very even game, but they finished and we didn’t,” said Thunder coach Jeff Downing, adding that they lost one of their leaders, Maddie Jacob, for a red card with 25 minutes left. Zimmerman (4-2) will host Hope Academy [...]

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On the day school opened, the Zimmerman soccer team had to wait more than an hour for the bus to arrive to take them to Collegeville on Tuesday afternoon. “A first day of school transportation glitch did not knock us off the road to victory,” coach Jeff Downing reported. The Thunder beat St. John’s Prep [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder picked up their first volleyball win over Rockford 25-23, 25-20, 18-25, 25-12 on Thursday. Kills leaders were Amira Samaha with 11, Anissa Rosario 9,  Danielle Williams 8 and  Ashley Pool 8. Kayla Christopherson made 33 aces and aced 5 serves. Pool had 20 digs and Carlie Lage 17. “Our offense really came alive this [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Brooke Salo is best described as an “energizer” on the soccer field, and not only because she’s Zimmerman’s all-time leader in goals. “Brooke has a super positive attitude. She picks everyone up,” said coach Jeff Downing. “She is an energizer for the team. She has played every position on the [...]

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