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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Conference championships are on the line for Rogers and Elk River in the final game of the regular season Wednesday evening while Zimmerman will likely be dueling for a second-place finish.   Blaine at Elk River The Elks, who’ve lost two straight after a 5-0 start, need a win over […]

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The Spectrum football team won a wild one 62-32 over St. Paul Academy, their first victory after six losses, on Friday at home.   Shane Herrlin carried the ball 19 times for 202 yards and three touchdowns, including a 64-yard run.   Quarterback Ben Maki carried six times for 109 yards including a 53-yard touchdown. […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports Editor The play that best describes Gunnar Bloom, his coach says, was a long run against Elk River in an afternoon playoff game last year where the tailback added sunlight to his long list of tools. “A defender had an angle on him and was going to catch him from behind,” […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Losing their starting quarterback did not faze the Zimmerman Thunder as they rolled to a 38-0 victory over the Milaca Wolves on Friday evening. Sparked by sophomore backup QB Alex Riley and a dominating defense, the Thunder (6-1) posted to their fifth straight win, at home. Milaca fell to […]

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The Rogers football team can now turn their full attention to their next Big Game against St. Michael-Albertville, an event which often occurs twice a year. The Royals crushed Big Lake 62-7 in a non-conference match Friday night, improving to 7-0. They rushed for 458 yards. Adam Heyer caught a pair of touchdown passes from […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The District 728 football teams all face opponents they should be heavily favored to beat on Friday evening, with Elk River playing at Anoka, Rogers at Big Lake and Zimmerman hosting Milaca. In this week’s Max Preps rankings for Class 5A, Mankato West is on top, followed by Rogers […]

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The Spectrum Sting lost to Minnehaha Academy 37-6 on Friday at Hamline University, falling to 0-6. The Sting had a brief lead when quarterback Ben Maki scored on an 18-yard run in the first quarter. Minnehaha Academy’s Xavier Ray scored on runs of 56 and 64 yards. Matthew Anfinson threw two touchdown passes, to Jonathan […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Rogers Royals have a trick pass play that they usually can’t complete even in practice, but they tried it in a game Friday night. It worked like a charm, despite quite unfavorable atmospheric conditions, on the way to a 42-12 win over Monticello at home. With a cold […]

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    by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The outcome of Friday night’s football game — perennial power Totino-Grace handing Elk River its first loss, 35-7, in Fridley — was a secondary matter for the host team. The Eagles were playing with heavy hearts. Rachel Woell, a senior and a student manager for the football team, […]

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