Athlete of the week

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Isaac Aanerud was already a third-year starter in soccer for Rogers in 10th grade when he started messing around kicking footballs. The lifelong soccer player did so partly because his next-door neighbor is football coach Marc Franz, who had already had gleaned three excellent kickers from the soccer program. “I [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor There’s probably several reasons to become a goalkeeper. Maybe you enjoy having much depend upon you. Maybe it’s wearing a snazzy jersey of your own choosing. Maybe you want to avoid about 5 miles per match like your teammates. For Cody Christ, though, it came down to one simple thing. [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Brooke Borchardt, Zimmerman volleyball’s all-time leader in hitting and blocking, was one of the state finalists for the ExCEL award last March who were introduced on TV at a state basketball tournament game. That award goes to juniors for Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership. Borchardt and Hunter Smith were [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor For a guy who has rushed for more than 3,000 yards, Denis Bardashevskiy is hard guy to catch on film. That’s because he’s 25 yards downfield  before the photographer (or the defense or the referees) know he’s got the ball. The record-setting senior fullback is a master at breaking long [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor For a guy whose primary focus is defense, Nate Weber sure scores a lot of touchdowns. The Rogers linebacker who also rotates at halfback has bolted into end zones 21 times the past two seasons. “Nate is an extremely versatile player,” said Royal coach Marc Franz. “We need him most [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Becca O’Connell first met her best bud Hadley Purdy in fourth grade when they played on a tennis team organized by Becca’s dad, Kevin. “Becs” and “Hads,” as they’re known to teammates, have doubled up ever since, including four years on the Elk River varsity, helping the Elks reach state [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor There’s one main reason why Logan Daulton scores a lot of goals. The Elk River senior is simply more athletic than most of the people she plays against. “Logan is one of the best athletes I have ever coached,” said Brian Steuter, Elk coach, noting that Daulton was a excellent [...]

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by Bruce Strand, sports editor Joel Ende is getting some individual recognition this week, but he’s normally just one of the guys moving the pile for the Rogers football team. And that’s fine with Ende. He’s never yearned to carry the ball himself. “No, not at all. I love to block,” Ende said. “I don’t [...]

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