Elk River football

  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Five days after the best game he ever played, Elk River quarterback Austin Larson lasted just two snaps on Saturday, leaving with an ankle injury as Elk River dueled Rogers in the section semifinal. Larson was joined on the sideline early in the second half by his successor Jordan […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Perhaps by now Denis Bardashevskiy should have a nickname. The Russian Rocket maybe? Launched time and again by the rugged Elk River line, Bardashevskiy propelled the Elks to a wild 53-42 playoff victory over the Rogers Royals on Saturday, scoring five touchdowns on straight-ahead, open-field runs while totaling a […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River stampeded its way past old rival Willmar, and into an intriguing matchup with new rival Rogers, on Tuesday evening. Led by Austin Larson and Denis Bardashevskiy, the Elks pounded a soggy turf at Willmar for 485 rushing yards and beat the Elks 51-28 in the Class 5A, […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Nobody born in the last 30 years remembers it, but Elk River and Willmar have a football history. Between 1977 to 1993, these two schools 106 miles apart played in the same conference and then the same section. The Elks had a 5-1 edge in Central Lakes Conference games (1978-83) […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Denis Bardashevskiy ran wild for 283 yards and four touchdowns as the Elk River Elks cruised 31-10 over Park Center to close the regular season on Wednesday evening. The Elks, who rolled up 426 yards on 42 rushes, will take a 3-5 record into Section 6, Class 5A tournament […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River was pummeled by the Osseo Orioles 36-10 at home Friday night but  coach Steve Hamilton took the loss in stride and predicted, “This team is still gong to do something this year. When we go to the section we’re going to be ready.” The Elks (2-5), a […]

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The Rogers Royals pummeled a Duluth team for the second straight week, Duluth East this time, 56-21, in the port city on Friday evening. Last week, the Royals (6-1) coasted 56-6 against Duluth Denfeld at home. The two Duluth schools joined the Mississippi 8 for football only this fall. Special teams sparked the Royals, highlighted […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor An Elk River football team badly in need of a breather got one Friday evening, rumbling past the Armstrong Falcons 51-13 in Robbinsdale. “A game like this is always enjoyable. Everyone gets to  play and you can just relax a bit,” said coach Steve Hamilton. “When everybody gets in […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor You’d like to pick some cupcake in the middle of your schedule for the homecoming game, but that didn’t work out this year for Elk River. Instead, their week-five, home-field opponent was Totino-Grace, which has most state championships, nine, of any school in the state, seven of those since […]

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