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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Zimmerman’s two state wrestling tournament entrants had a banner first day Friday, with Austin May advancing to the Class AA semifinals and Hunter Smith winning two of three to remain in medal contention. “This is just what I was hoping for,” said May, a junior after pulling out two [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Zimmerman’s high-scoring point guard Lexi Funaro draws inspiration from a basketball star of her grandpa’s generation: Pete Maravich. “I used to watch videos of him all the time, and I’d practice what he did,” said Funaro about Pistol Pete, who set scoring records (44 points per game once) at Louisiana [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder wrapped up second place in their conference with a 60-38 win at St. Cloud Cathedral on Friday evening. Senior guard Kaitlyn Mason led with 18 points. Cami Bond added 10, Jami Schuster 10 and Lexi Funaro 8. Albany finished 13-1 in the Granite Ridge Conference followed by Zimmerman at 10-3 and Becker [...]

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The Princeton Tigers handed the Zimmerman Thunder a 67-54 loss on Tuesday evening in Princeton. Hailey Sandeen hit 16 points to lead four double-digit scorers for Princeton (11-12) with 6-foot-3 Jenna Doyle scoring 11. Lexi Funaro sank 21 for Zimmerman (15-9), making 10 of 13 free shots. Kaitlyn Mason scored 13 and Cami Bond 11, [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder boys fell short in an upset bid against St. Cloud Apollo, losing 62-58 Tuesday evening in their section opener. The Thunder pulled even with Apollo 50-50 on Max McNulty’s 3-pointer  with 2:45 left, but the Eagles scored seven straight points. The Thunder were down 62-55 before another McNulty 3-pointer at the buzzer. [...]

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The Zimmerman boys basketball team was seeded sixth in Section 5AA and will play at No. 3 St. Cloud Apollo on Tuesday at 2 p.m. The first-round pairings are No. 1 Big Lake (18-7) hosting No. 8 Rocori (4-22), No. 4 Delano (15-11) hosting No. 5 Monticello (13-13), No. 2 Orono (18-8) hosting No. 7 [...]

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  Zimmerman has two wrestlers in the state tournament after Hunter Smith won a championship and Austin May was a runner-up in Section 6AA on Saturday in Becker. Hunter (32-7), a senior, pinned Litchfield’s Tyler Jones (30-3) in the 132-pound finals, after advancing with a bye, pin, and 5-2 decision over Annandales Joe Mosley (29-12). [...]

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  The Zimmerman Thunder slipped into second place with a 73-64 conquest of the Becker Bulldogs at home on Tuesday evening, led by Lexi Funaro with 23 points. The Thunder squared accounts with Becker, which beat them 47-40 earlier. “There were a lot of fouls tonight, but this game was played much cleaner than the [...]

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