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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor Zac Syverson had to sit out most of the second half in Elk River’s 17-10 upset loss at Anoka two weeks ago when he pinched a nerve in his shoulder. His absence was glaring. “We missed him dramatically,” stated coach Steve Hamilton about the senior tackle and defensive end who [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The outcome of Elk River vs. Rogers football always seems to be a surprise. The only solid prediction about Saturday’s duel in Elk River, 3 p.m., based on past results, is that it won’t be boring. The Elks, 6-2 and seeded second in a Section 6AAAAA field with three top-five [...]

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A pair of explosive offensive teams will be on display when the Elk River Elks host the Rogers Royals on Saturday in the Section 6AAAAA semifinals at 3 p.m. The No. 2 seeded Elks (6-2) are scoring 37 points per game. The No. 3 seeded Royals (8-1) are averaging 46 per game. The outcome will [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder must slow down a pair of Orono offensive standouts to have a chance of upsetting the Spartans in their Section 5AAAA semifinal game. The No. 3 seeded Thunder (7-2) face No. 2 Orono (6-2) in Orono on Saturday at 3 p.m. The Thunder beat No. 6 Mound-Westonka 14-7 on Tuesday while Orono [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The third straight playoff matchup between Rogers and Elk River was set up Tuesday night when the Royals crushed the Willmar Cardinals 63-0 in their Section 6AAAAA opener at home. The Royals are ranked No. 3 in Class 5A but, after losing their conference finale to St. Michael-Albertville 22-21, had [...]

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The Rogers Royals, one of three state-ranked teams in the Section 6AAAAA tournament, were seeded third after a 7-1 regular season. The Royals will host No. 6 Willmar (3-5) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Willmar has lost four straight games in which they’ve led after three quarters each game but have been outscored 63-7 in [...]

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The Zimmerman Thunder were seeded third in the Section 5AAAA football tournament after posting a 6-2 regular season record. The Thunder will host No. 6 Mound-Westonka (2-6) on Tuesday, 7 p.m., with the winner facing No. 2 Orono on Saturday, 3 p.m. in Orono. Thunder leaders include Austin May with 686 yards rushing and three [...]

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St. Michael-Albertville wound up with the top seed ahead of Elk River, with Rogers third, in the Section 6AAAAA football tournament that begins Tuesday.   “We were five points ahead, but lost the tiebreaker,” said Elk coach Steve Hamilton about complex scoring system.   The Elks had been six points ahead of Rogers going into [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River coach Steve Hamilton has a simple explanation for things like blowing a 35-7 lead and barely winning 42-40, as the Elks did against Blaine on Wednesday evening. “We want to make it entertaining,” he quipped. “People pay good money to watch football games.” And for not taking [...]

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