Athlete of the week

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Jessica Young was born to swim. The Rogers senior can’t remember a time she wasn’t churning through the water daily, starting at age six. Her mother, Lisa, who swam for Albert Lea, was giving lessons. Starting her fifth and final season with Elk River-Rogers-Zimmerman this week, Young has made all-conference [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor What you want from your starting pitcher is that he give his team a good chance to win the ball game, and Adam Nauth usually delivered that for the Rogers Royals in his two years on the hill. Nauth, much better than his 6-6 career record would indicate, made all-conference [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Morris Dennis made an impact in just one sport, and just one skill, at Elk River High School, but that impact was considerable. The senior sprinter leaves ERHS with three school records, two conference records, five state events the past two years and three state medals. “He’s got three records, [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor When Elk River pitcher Erik Nyquist opened his senior season with a pair of quietly efficient shutouts, in his first two varsity starts, it helped establish Elk River as a factor in the 2014 season. Indeed, the 5-foot-10, 160-pound right-hander is one of the main reasons the Elks are 13-6 [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor In Gabby Antolak’s long tenure with Zimmerman softball, she has never played with girls her own age. She started as the baby in eighth and ninth grade, and grew into mama bear of a young squad the last two seasons that have brought ZHS above .500 again. The 6-foot senior [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Michaela Bruns will be all over the Elk River softball all-time lists when she finishes her five-year tenure as one of this vibrant program’s most versatile and powerful players. The 5-foot-5 senior catcher is already the Elks’ all-time leader with 137 hits and 41 doubles. Her .395 career batting average [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Brandon Meyer has been smitten with baseball since early childhood. The Elk River senior has collected tons of baseball cards over the years, now neatly bundled in his room. Baseball games and baseball talk shows are his favorite TV fare. Asked if there was any place he’d like to visit, [...]

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