girls hockey

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Joel Wesloh was hired was Rogers girls hockey coach last week, and he said his first message to his players was this: “I’m not going anywhere.” Wesloh, a Rogers Middle School physical education teacher who’s been an Elk assistant since 1998, will be the Royals’ sixth coach in 12 years. [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Dale Sager, a longtime assistant coach, is the new head coach for Elk River girls hockey. Sager, 34, who assisted Joe Heasley for eight years, 2004-12, before becoming head coach at Centennial and Rogers one year each, was named Friday to succeed Heasley, who resigned in June. “We are excited [...]

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The Beach Boys had a hit song called “Be True to Your School” in that bygone era known as the 1960s, a sentiment that seems quaint sometimes during this current era of kids leaving their schools via open enrollment or, in hockey, to play juniors. Three departed hockey players have been on a lot of [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor When the Elk River-Zimmerman skaters were receiving their second-place medals after their 3-1 loss to Andover in the section finals, Andover coach Melissa Sailor fixed a compassionate gaze on one of them as she skated across the rink — her sister Mandy Sailor, Elk senior defenseman. “We are used to [...]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River-Zimmerman has made five state trips in girls hockey but No. 6 has proven agonizingly elusive. For the third straight year, the Elks lost a close game in the Section 7AA finals, this one to conference rival Andover as the Huskies earned their first trip 3-1, capped by [...]

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The Rogers Royals girls hockey season ended with a 7-0 drubbing by top-seeded Blaine on Saturday in the Section 5AA semifinals at Roseville. “We had fun. We stayed with them for a while, but Blaine is very good,” said Royal coach Dale Sager. “Their good players really stood out. Schlagel had four goals.” Amy Schlagel [...]

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by Bruce Strand,  Sports Editor You can add Kaylee Forster to the elite list of Elk hockey players who skate in Division I.  The senior defenseman, who’s a force on both ends of the rink, is set for New Hampshire. Forster is an all-conference pick since 10th grade, a four-year starter with 20 career goals [...]

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  Elk River-Zimmerman notched one goal in each period and won its section opener 3-0 over St. Francis/North Branch at home Thursday evening. The No. 2 seeded Elks (13-8-5) will host Grand Rapids-Greenway (15-9-2) in the Section 7AA semifinals on Saturday. Game time was not set at this posting. Samantha Westgaard gave the Elks a [...]

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Kassie Scherling delivered the overtime game-winner and Gabrielle Billing scored twice as the Rogers Royals won their playoff opener 3-2 over Coon Rapids on Wednesday evening. “The girls were extremely excited and everyone was so happy for Kassie,” said coach Dale Sager. “She got mobbed after that goal.” The Royals (13-10-3), after surviving the No. [...]

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