Athlete of the week

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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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor In Elk River boys basketball history, nobody has played more games than Clay Elrod, who finished a four-year tenure with 1,606 points in 109 games, including 84 starts. A sharpshooter blessed with a lanky, basketball-prototype body, a sharp mind and a winning attitude, Elrod earned his chance early, scoring 125 [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Austin May was a wrestler with 53 career losses two months ago when something convinced him he should aim for a high state finish, maybe even a championship. The Zimmerman junior upset No. 2-ranked Tyler Midas of Foley 7-1 in a dual meet Jan. 10, his first signature win. “After [...]

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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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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Anyone venturing into the lane against the Rogers girls basketball team has to deal with Lindsay Dorr, the Royals imposing center who probably ought to be wearing goalie pads for as many shots as she blocks. The long-limbed, 6-foot-2 senior is pulls down 10 to 15 rebounds per game and [...]

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