Elk River softball

ELK SOFTBALL Record — 8-2 conf., 23-3 overall, state champ All-conference — Kathi Opsahl (sr), Austyn Beese (sr), Anna Pipenhagen (jr), Michaela Bruns (jr), Jayme Langbehn (fr) … Honorable mentions: Jess Neuman (jr), Ali Krohn (so) All-section — Langbehn, Bruns, Opsahl, Pipenhagen All-state tournament— Pipenhagen, Opsahl, Courtney Jensen (jr) Team awards — MVP: Opsahl …. […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Jayme Langbehn, whose outstanding catches helped Elk River capture the state softball championship, will be recognized in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” section in the July 1 issue. Elk coach Stacey Sheetz notified the Star News of this development after receiving confirmation from an SI reporter, Alexandra Fenwick, […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor The Elk River softball team playing in the state tournament this week gets much of its heart and soul from senior shortstop Austyn Beese. “Austyn is just an amazing captain,” coach Stacey Sheetz said. “Our infield wouldn’t be anywhere without her. She is our voice out there. She picks people […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Prior Lake coach Matt Haefner tried to overturn the spectacular catch by Jayme Langbehn that took a homer from Shaye Barton with the score 3-3 in the sixth inning of the state finals. While the Elk infielders and outfielders rushed to center field to mob Langbehn and escort her […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A state tournament duel with longtime nemesis Maple Grove must have been on the Elk River softball team’s minds after the Elks lost to the Crimson twice, 6-5 and 2-1, during  the regular season. The Elks have only three setbacks in 23 games, and two were against Maple Grove. The […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor “There is no defense against a home run,” wrote a former home run king in his memoir, “Roger Maris at Bat,” many years ago. A coach like Stacey Sheetz might add that it takes more than homers to win ballgames, but they’re awfully nice to have. The Elk River […]

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Elk River socked two more home runs in their second state tournament game Thursday, beating Forest Lake 9-3 to advance to the state championship game set for Friday in North Mankato. The Elks already led 4-1 when Michaela Bruns belted a solo homer in the fourth inning, and 6-3 when Jayme Langbehn broke the game […]

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Elk River pulled out a 2-1 win over Orono in dramatic fashion in 7th inning at the state softball tournament Thursday morning in North Mankato. The Elks were trailing 1-0 going into the last of the 7th as Orono left-hander Samantha Hartman was working a two-hit shutout. However, Kathi Opsahl lead off the last of […]

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