Athlete of the week

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Samantha Hendricks, hoping for one more state trip to cap an exciting multi-sports career, fell short at section swimming last Saturday, but it’s been a great ride. “It feels kind of weird to be done, because I’ve gone to state in something every year since eighth grade,” said the Elk […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor There are times a soccer goalkeeper almost needs a crossword puzzle to keep occupied. A goalie on a good team, especially, has long stretches when all the action takes place on the other end of the field. But when the action comes back to the goalie, it comes hard. “The […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor For a guy who didn’t find the one sport agreeable to him until his junior year, Zach Glasgow made a solid impact in Elk athletics the past two autumns. Glasgow, who ran his first long race just 14 months ago, placed eighth at both the Northwest Suburban Conference meet and […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Zac Syverson had to sit out most of the second half in Elk River’s 17-10 upset loss at Anoka two weeks ago when he pinched a nerve in his shoulder. His absence was glaring. “We missed him dramatically,” stated coach Steve Hamilton about the senior tackle and defensive end who […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Every step Tanner Beckerleg takes on the soccer field sends throbs of pain through his afflicted hips, but somehow that doesn’t stop the Elk River senior defender from excelling. “Tanner holds down the back line for us. He’s the last rung of defense and he makes a big difference in […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor The play that best describes Gunnar Bloom, his coach says, was a long run against Elk River in an afternoon playoff game last year where the tailback added sunlight to his long list of tools. “A defender had an angle on him and was going to catch him from behind,” […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Erica Folk is one of those driven athletes who generates robust numbers in almost every column on the stat sheet every game. The Rogers senior volleyball captain likes hitting best, but delivers clutch plays all around the rotation. “Erica never comes off he floor,” said coach Joyelle Knoblach. “She is […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Taylor Odegard made her first state swimming trip as a 95-pound eighth-grader and has gone back with relay teams every year since. That’s a pretty good career already, but this fall, the Elk River senior is closing with what could be her most exciting season. “We are doing really well,” […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor   Nolan Dwyer stays on the field for virtually the whole game for the unbeaten Elk River football team. One of four co-captains, he plays safety and tight end, long-snaps for place kicks, returns kickoffs, and blocks on punt returns. “Nolan does everything for us,” said coach Steve Hamilton. “He […]

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