Joe Belka

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Chase Cleveland’s favorite sport is basketball but his best is track, ever since ninth grade when he broke the team 400 record the first time he ran it. “Chase is the best all-around runner we’ve ever had at Rogers High School,” said coach Matt Webb, praising his combo of natural […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor At tournament time, the best team doesn’t always win, Rogers coach Joe Belka counseled his team before sectionals started. “I was telling them, that’s one of great things about March, one of the reason we get so excited about the tournaments,” Belka said, in reminding his team there’s no […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor A quick 10-0 deficit did not faze the Rogers Royals in their section opener against St. Cloud Tech as they took control for a 68-60 victory in first round of Section 8AAAA at home Tuesday evening. Josh Turnquist led with 20 points, 8 rebounds and 3 blocked shots as […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Rogers and Elk River basketball teams are seeded second and third in the wide-open Section 8AAAA tournament that starts Tuesday, and would meet for the third time this year if both win. Rogers (18-8), playing in Class 4A for the first time, will  host No. 7 St. Cloud Tech […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Rogers Royals are on the verge of their first  conference title in boys basketball after tumbling St. Michael-Albertville 65-48 Tuesday evening, generating perhaps their best performance of the season in a game they had to win. “Conference means a lot to us. If we can beat Cambridge on […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Trevor Berkley was able to return as a three-sport athlete at Rogers and have a  productive senior year, after a long recovery from a gruesome eye injury. “It was very impressive, after what he went through, the mental toughness he showed,” said football coach Marc Franz. The 6-4, 185-pound Berkley […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor You could easily pick Rory Donovan – a long and lean 6-foot-6 and 190 pounds, with large hands and feet – out of a crowd as a basketball player. And you’d be right. Along with the ideal physique, the Rogers senior has highly-developed skills including a good shooting touch inside and […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Watching Trevor Morlock play basketball for Rogers last year, one might have wondered if this agile, 6-foot-4, 200-pound, broad-shouldered fellow played football, too. Well, he didn’t  then, but this fall Morlock donned shoulder pads for the first time since eighth grade, and wound up playing in the Prep Bowl. The football […]

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