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Elk River was seeded No. 7 among 12 teams in Section 7AAA volleyball after a 9-15 regular season. The Elks will host No. 10 Princeton (11-15) in the first round Wednesday, 7 p.m. Cambridge-Isanti (24-4) is the No. 1 seed. North Branch (17-5), a team the Elks beat 3-1 early in the season, is No. […]

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The Albany Huskies scored the last four touchdowns and snapped the Zimmerman Thunder’s five-game win streak 35-10 in the conference finale Wednesday evening in Albany. The game was a duel for second place in the Granite Ridge Conference behind Becker, which beat them both and finished 7-0 in conference. Albany was 6-1 and Zimmerman 5-2 […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Conference championships are on the line for Rogers and Elk River in the final game of the regular season Wednesday evening while Zimmerman will likely be dueling for a second-place finish.   Blaine at Elk River The Elks, who’ve lost two straight after a 5-0 start, need a win over […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Brooke Salo looked disheveled and bruised, misty-eyed and exhausted, with her blue uniform stained by grass and sweat, after a hard 80 minutes in her final soccer game with the Zimmerman Thunder. The Thunder’s best season had just ended with 1-0 loss to powerful neighbor Princeton on Tuesday in […]

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Cheresa Bouley is the first Zimmerman runner to capture a conference cross county championship. The eighth-grader covered 4,000 meters in 15:41.38 in the Granite Ridge Conference on Tuesday in Becker, three seconds ahead of a St. Cloud Cathedral’s Rachel Eickhoff. The Thunder girls placed sixth and the boys eighth among eight teams. The Mora boys […]

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  The Zimmerman Thunder have picked up two playoff wins, for the first time in the program’s history, after defeating the Cloquet Lumberjacks 4-1 at home on Saturday afternoon. Two straight goals by Amanda Sahr gave the Thunder a 3-0 lead, with Hailey Artman and Brooke Salo also scoring, as they followed up their 4-0 […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Losing their starting quarterback did not faze the Zimmerman Thunder as they rolled to a 38-0 victory over the Milaca Wolves on Friday evening. Sparked by sophomore backup QB Alex Riley and a dominating defense, the Thunder (6-1) posted to their fifth straight win, at home. Milaca fell to […]

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Brooke Salo and Megan Seymour each scored twice as the Zimmerman Thunder opened sections with a 4-0 win over Grand Rapids at home Thursday. “Each of our girls had some big plays in the game,” said coach Jeff Downing. “Our reserves were able to give relief and maintain a high level of play throughout their […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The District 728 football teams all face opponents they should be heavily favored to beat on Friday evening, with Elk River playing at Anoka, Rogers at Big Lake and Zimmerman hosting Milaca. In this week’s Max Preps rankings for Class 5A, Mankato West is on top, followed by Rogers […]

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