Randy Klasen

by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Elk River basketball coach had an easy time pinpointing what he likes best about Clay Elrod. “I like that he is a sophomore,” Randy Klasen grinned. “And I have him for two more years.” Elrod, who’s technically a post player but scores more like a guard, averaged 18.1 points [...]

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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 Elk River basketball coach Randy Klasen was elated to be presented with his 400th victory, but even more pleased that his team has started 2-0 against two traditionally strong programs. The Elks pummeled Centennial 81-64 with torrid shooting and taut defense at home Thursday evening, led by Tucker Morrell [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River’s basketball season ended with a 78-54 loss to the Buffalo Bison on Tuesday night, followed by the somber, lingering hugs typical of the final game, and a long, emotional locker room address to the team.   “It’s always one of the toughest talks you have to give the [...]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Clutch shooting and defensive plays by Landon Werner helped Elk River rally for 62-59 victory over the Andover Huskies at home on Tuesday evening. The 5-9 junior guard sank two free shots with 14 seconds left to break a 59-59 tie and totaled 12 points. When the Elks fell behind [...]

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