Athlete of the week

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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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Every prep athlete wants a good senior year to quit on. Madi Anderson has good chance to achieve that with the Rogers Royals softball team. One of the main reasons is Anderson herself, a fourth-year starter and all-conference the last two years. “I’ve really been looking forward to this year,” [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Anna Pipenhagen started playing softball in fourth grade when her dad, Jon, taught her the basics of pitching, using oversized bat and ball toys, on her grandparents’ lawn. In grade school she was a little twerp, but very determined to make her mark as a pitcher. After an empowering growth [...]

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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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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Molli Detloff  originally went out for track in seventh grade for the purpose of running fast, which she knew she and her sister Dani, two years older, were very good at. “I didn’t even know about field events,” she said. “They had us do ‘Try Day’ where they put you [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor While hockey and basketball players can keeping playing their sport in the summer, Nordic Ski athletes must improvise if they want to keep honing their skills and muscles under the hot sun. Breck Hickman, three-time all-conference skier and two-time state qualifier, is one skier zealous enough to put in the [...]

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