Athlete of the week

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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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Joey Martin’s senior year started with a leg injury that wiped out his cross country season, but the Elk River senior kept a positive and productive attitude that has paid off with an excellent Nordic Ski season. The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Martin rose to the occasion in all the big meets [...]

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by Bruce Strand,  Sports Editor You can add Kaylee Forster to the elite list of Elk hockey players who skate in Division I.  The senior defenseman, who’s a force on both ends of the rink, is set for New Hampshire. Forster is an all-conference pick since 10th grade, a four-year starter with 20 career goals [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor One constant plus for Rogers girls hockey for several years has been the reliable goaltending of Michelle Klimstra, currently in her fifth and final season in the Royal nets. Klimstra shared duties with Becca Leshovsky, two years older, in grades 8, 9 and 10. She became the full-time goalie last [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Every skater in the state would cherish the opportunity Chase Springman and his Elk River teammates had last Saturday as the Elks were the host team for Hockey Day Minnesota. The senior co-captain is elated that the Elks made the most of it by defeating Stillwater 4-1 and that he [...]

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