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Gabby Antolak of Zimmerman has been named to the coaches’ all-state softball team and will be also playing in the all-star series. The senior catcher batted .561 with five home runs, 18 runs-batted-in, and 25 runs this season, while making 122 putouts with errors and throwing out numerous runners on the bases. The Minnesota-Crookston recruit […]

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Anna Pipenhagen of Elk River is one of seven finalists for the Ms. Softball award presented by Minnesota Minute Men. The senior pitcher and designated hitter posted a 12-4 record and 1.63 ERA this year with 145 strikeouts in 103 innings. She batted .448 with three homers, six doubles, a triple and 22 runs-batted-in. She […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor The Rogers Royals snagged their 20th victory before falling one run short of the section finals Tuesday. Spring Lake Park and pitcher Halley Jones rallied to beat the Royals 4-3 in the lower-bracket semifinals of Section 5AAA in Shoreview. The Royals, who ousted Park Center 3-1 earlier in the […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor It took 23 innings and five home runs, including two straight game-winners by Anna Pipenhagen, but the Elk River Elks won a pair of marathon Section 7AAA games Saturday at Andover. The defending state champions needed 12 innings to shake off 11th-seeded Duluth East 4-3 and 11 more innings […]

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  by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Katelyn Kemmetmueller has been a force with her bat and arm all season. She’s less known for base-stealing. The Rogers sophomore contributed in all three fashions to help the Royals edge Irondale 3-2 in eight innings on Friday in a Section 5AAA elimination game at home. They’ll resume playoffs […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor Melea Bruns watched two older sisters win separate state softball championships with the Elk River Elks. So it wasn’t an easy decision for this talented freshman to suit up with the Rogers Royals — where her dad, Jerry Bruns, is the coach — for her own varsity career. “It actually […]

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by Bruce Strand, Sports editor When the Zimmerman softball season ended with a seventh-inning home run by Maple Lake on Thursday, the young Thunder team tearfully embraced their lone senior, Gabby Antolak, who had a brilliant final game to her five-year career. “The girls were all crying except Gabby. They all huddled around her and […]

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The Rogers Royals were upended by Halley Jones and the Spring Lake Park Panthers 5-2 in the third round of Section 5AAA playoffs at home Thursday. The No. 2 seeded Royals (18-2) dropped into sudden-death play against Irondale at home Friday at 4:15 p.m. The No. 3 Panthers (20-1) will take on No. 1 Maple […]

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