Elk River football

  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor There are many ways to win football games. When the Elk River Elks found their tried-and-true method wasn’t working Friday night, they took on a completely different personality and beat St. Michael-Albertville 24-10, capturing their school’s first section crown since 1992. “Like we told the kids last week, sometimes [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk RiverĀ  will take on a close neighbor it’s never beaten in football, St. Michael-Albertville, on Friday night for the Class 5A, Section 6 crown, in St. Michael. Actually their history goes back only two years but the Elks lost to the Knights both during their 0-9 season in 2010 [...]

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Dennis Bardashevskiy, Elk River tailback, was named as WCCO Radio’s Old Dutch High School Athlete of the Week on Tuesday. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound “had a phenomenal game against Rogers in the Class 5A Section 6 semifinals, carrying 25 times for a school-record 370 yards and five touchdowns,” stated theĀ  press release issued by The Morning [...]

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  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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