Ryan Holmgren

(Editor’s note: Four candidates are running for an open Elk River City Council seat to represent Ward 3. The top two finishers in the Aug. 14 primary election will advance to the Nov. 6 general election. Below are the answers to questions posed by the Star News. To see the other candidates’ answers, click on Barb […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Four home runs is usually more than a season’s worth in Elk River baseball. But the first-place Elks went deep that many times in one game Wednesday as they pummeled Centennial 9-2 at Circle Pines. Brady Givens smashed a three-run homer in the first inning, Sam Wirtz drilled solo shots […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor In a duel of unbeaten teams, the Hopkins Royals fended off the Elk River Elks 8-5 in eight innings Tuesday with a big triple keying a three-run burst that won it, at Hales Field. “They are very good, the best team we’ve faced, certainly a legitimate top-ten team,” said Elk […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River baseball has new uniforms and a new coach this year, and so far the newbies have not experienced a defeat. Their new closer helps a lot, too. Brady Givens picked up his second “save” this week and knocked in three runs as the Elks fended off a […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Elk River baseball has not produced a winning season since 2004, but maybe the current edition can do something about that. “We’re two-and-oh, and we’ve beaten two ranked teams,” noted coach Ryan Holmgren, after the Elks outlasted Robbinsdale Armstrong 7-5 at home on on a windy, 45-degree Monday. The Elks […]

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ELK BASEBALL Coaches – Ryan Holmgren (head, 1st year) …. Eric Ostmoe (assistant), Ryan Klingelhofer (pitching), Josh Juntunen (JV), Jason Juntunen (B), Jake Hillesheim (B/JV assistant), Skip Swanson (9th A), Mark Angstman (9th B) Opener – April 5 at Coon Rapids Returning starters – Sam Krick (sr OF, all-conf), Corey Collins (sr SS, 2B), Tucker […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Pitch counts were a key stat for Elk River as Tucker Morrell led the Elks to a 2-1 opening victory over No. 4 ranked,  perennial power Coon Rapids on Thursday. The Elk senior righthander had a low enough count  to finish his own game after his team scored the […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Ryan Holmgren, a nine-year coaching veteran and son of a well-regarded local sports booster, is the new Elk River Elks baseball coach. Holmgren, 36, who was head coach at Spring Lake Park the last three seasons, and assistant for six years before that at Champlin Park, where he teaches, was […]

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