by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Nathan Chanthamontry is rated the third-best player on his team, which, in his case, is high praise. Elk River tennis is ranked No. 1 in the state, its lineup headed by twins in their fifth year with over 250 wins between them. Chanthamontry, a fourth-year starter who helped the Elks [...]

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Defending state softball champion Elk River opened the 2014 season with a 6-0 conquest of Centennial on Thursday at Circle Pines. Anna Pipenhagen was the leader both on the mound with a one-hit shutout and nine strikeouts, and at the plate, going 2-for-4 with three runs-batted-in. Also contributing offensively were Ali Krohn (2-for-3, RBI), Michaela [...]

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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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Some leaky defense behind Rogers pitcher Adam Nauth led to a 5-1 opening loss to Chisago Lakes on Thursday in Lindstrom. “Adam gave us one of the best individual pitching performances I have seen in a long time,” said Royal coach Brian Harapat. “We made multiple errors in the outfield and the infield. It really should [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Arts editor Wyatt Vaa decided last fall to try make the art of pottery a little more macho. The Rogers senior created an angular, metallic-looking piece entitled “Sergeant,” and its panache and originality impressed judges at the National Scholastic Art Awards competition. Vaa received a Gold Award for the 15-inch-high piece, which [...]

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Four Rogers students have received Judges Choice Awards at the Section 5AA art competition, announced teacher Su Sebghati. Their works will be displayed May 14-18 at Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, with an award ceremony on May 18. They are: Renisa Thielges, sophomore, painting, “Mickey’s Diner,” gouache on paper Bobbi Jo Rennenberg, [...]

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