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The Staples-Motley girl’s tennis team is participating in the state tournament this week, after this edition of the Staples World was printed. The Cardinals go into the tournament as the eighth ranked team in the state by the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association. Staples-Motley plays...
Ninth Grade Wrestling League State Tournament second place team from Staples-Motley, front row from left, Philip Rapp, Eli Greenwaldt, Justin Olson, Andrew Dobson, Gage Bjerga, Jesus Gallardo, Beau Carlson, Caden Kramer and Jackson Schouviller; back row, Adrian Caldwell, Colbe Tappe, Riley Reece,...
The Staples-Motley team faced two of the top programs in Minnesota on their way to placing second in the state in the Minnesota Ninth Grade Wrestling League. Wrestlers in grades 7-9 are eligible for the league. The Cardinals started the tournament with a 48-30 win over a team called United. In the...
Jason Trantina applies the half Nelson hold to turn his opponent and earn a pin in the match against Mille Lacs. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
In an important dual meet for section seeding, the Staples-Motley wrestling team defeated Mille Lacs 50-21 on Jan. 17. It was expected to be a close match but the Cardinals came up with some big wins against good wrestlers. Mille Lacs was stacked in the lower weights and took a 15-12 lead before...
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team won both of their games last week, making it three straight wins. On Jan. 17, the Cards won over Royalton 64-47. On Jan. 20, they came out on top with a 60-55 win at Park Rapids in their first Mid State Conference game of the season. The Cardinals are now 6-5...
Liv Lorber catches a ball from her high post position.
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team lost a conference game against Detroit Lakes, 47-30, Jan. 19. After falling behind by 10 early, the Cards had an opportunity to cut it to five late in the first half, but DL went on a run to end the half with a 26-14 lead. In the second half, the Cards...
Staples-Motley wrestlers and coaches leap out of their seats, reacting to Steven Petrich dropping his opponent to the mat. With the score 30-34, the Cardinals needed a pin and the team was recognizing that the pin was about to happen. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Steven Petrich holds an arm bar in the heavyweight match against Little Falls.
Steven Petrich’s pin in the final match finished an upset of the Little Falls wrestling team on Jan. 10, giving Staples-Motley a 36-34 win. The Cardinals had started the day with a 54-16 loss to Royalton/Upsala. The momentum carried to another triangular meet on Jan. 13, where Staples-Motley swept...
Cardinals stay hot for full game to win  The Staples-Motley boys basketball team used hot shooting to take an early lead at Pierz on Jan. 10, but fell cold in the second half and ended up with a 61-52 loss. The Cardinals hosted Greenway on Jan. 13 and played well throughout the game, finishing...
Cami Anderson passes the ball back out after being surrounded by defenders.
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team went cold for a stretch in the first half, and never made up the deficit in a 56-40 loss against Rothsay on Jan. 3. The teams exchanged the lead several times in the first half until Rothsay went on an 11-2 run and took a 32-17 lead at halftime. In the...

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