Athlete of the week

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Hunter Smith was a wrestler and basketball player until he had to choose in eighth grade. His decision was not only good for the Zimmerman wrestling program but also pleasing to his parents. Hunter’s dad Jon wrestled on the Elks 1981 state runner-up team and his uncle Tim was a [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor It says “defenseman” next to Travis Brown’s name in the program, and he’s a rugged one, but the Rogers senior always keeps one eye peeled on the other team’s net,  too. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take,” quips Brown, a Michigan Tech recruit who’s notched 25 [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Phillip Anderson knows how to beat his wrestling opponents; he just doesn’t know how to explain how he does it. Nor does his coach. “We call it ‘Phil’s funk wrestling.’ He’s a very unorthodox wrestler,” said Chris Donnay, chuckling, about the Rogers senior who’ll soon hold all the team records. [...]

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MacLean Berglove made a decision at age eight that has served him well ever since. Nudged to pick a position in hockey to stick with, he chose goaltender. The Elk senior was asked this week what was the appeal in donning all that armor and facing a torrent of hard, flat little missiles every game. [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Eli Muellenbach suffered his third knee injury playing football this past June, so the prudent thing would have been to get it surgically repaired right away. However, a senior-to-be looking at his final season doesn’t always act prudently. “If I’d had the surgery, I’d have missed the season,” said the [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Connor Henderson has been a quarterback ever since he first put on pads in fourth grade. All those years, he prepared for the chance to take over the varsity job at Rogers High School. “Growing up watching those guys play, especially Bjorn Bloom and Matt Weber, made me really want to [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Austin Larson’s name will be long-remembered by Elk River football followers for a dramatic kick he made in 10th grade. However, his true value was his versatility, his contributions at running back, quarterback, placekicker, several defensive positions and other kicking team duties. “Austin did so much for the team in [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Hadley Purdy is an only child, but, in the Elk River tennis program, she found herself a close second family, with lots of sisters with whom to share  thrills and spills through her school years. Reflecting on four varsity seasons in a strong Elk program, Purdy said: “In ninth and [...]

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