Athlete of the week

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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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor For Elk River basketball fans watching Abi Scheid burst onto the scene last winter, the best part was knowing she was just a freshman. How good could she could become? The long-limbed, 6-foot-2 sophomore center gave a good indication of that potential with 92 points in her past three games [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor There are no other gymnasts in Katie Fleck’s family, but her parents perceived when she was in kindergarten that this would be a good place for her. “My parents said I was always doing cartwheels and climbing things,” said the Rogers senior. “So they put me in gymnastics.” Her parents [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Jack Geissler’s name doesn’t appear on the stat sheets often. It’s more his job to keep other people from getting stats.“Yeah, that’s about right,” said the Elk River-Zimmerman defenseman acknowledged with a chuckle. The 6-foot-1, 195-pound senior has fulfilled that role solidly in two seasons for the Elks. “Jack is [...]

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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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