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The Staples-Motley girls tennis team lost a narrow match 4-3 to New London-Spicer on Sept. 1. The match came down to the final matchups, and the number three doubles team of Corrine Olson and Amy Rollins nearly turned the outcome when they went into a third set, only to lose narrowly, 7-5. This...
The Staples-Motley tennis team greeted their opponents while wearing masks, one of the new COVID-19 rules for sports teams this season. Once they are introduced and take the court, the players can remove the masks. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
It’s questionable if we’ll ever know for sure the level of personality that some non-human creatures can have. Primate researcher Jane Goodall, who worked for decades with chimpanzees, would say emphatically that her subjects—though a rung or two down the evolutionary ladder from us—do have...
Luke Brownell, left, Tanner Robben, right
The Staples-Motley cross country teams opened their season against a pair of developing teams, with the result of the Cardinal runners nearly sweeping the scores. The boys team had a perfect score of 15, which means they had the top five runners in the race. The girls team was one point away from a...
The Staples-Motley number one doubles team of Jenna Dvorak and Haley Cichos are a tough duo to get a ball past, pictured here both coming to the net to earn a point. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team won their first two matches of the season with powerful wins against Detroit Lakes and Wadena-Deer Creek. Against Detroit Lakes on Aug. 25, the Cardinals were challenged early in some of the matches but they kept hitting hard shots to make sure they came out on...
Staples-Motley cross country coaches Bruce Fuhrman, Tony Spandl and Steve Jennissen speak with runners before a recent practice at Pine Grove Park in Staples. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
From left, tennis coaches Izabella Edin, Katie Noska and Nathan Thelen.
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley tennis team will play an abbreviated season but they are looking to make the best of it. “We are hoping to have all of our matches that are scheduled. Most of all we are looking forward to having fun and being competitive,” said coach Nathan...
 By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley boys and girls cross country teams are both ranked in the top five in the Minnesota State High School Coaches Association preseason poll.  Those high expectations include two state medal winners returning, Emmet Anderson for the boys and Kyanna...
The Staples-Motley varsity tennis schedule was recently finalized. Schedules are subject to change. Tuesday, Aug. 25 4 p.m. Home vs. Detroit Lakes Thursday, Aug. 27 4:30 p.m. at Wadena-Deer Creek Tuesday, Sept. 1 4 p.m. at New London-Spicer Thursday, Sept. 3 4 p.m. home vs. Parkers Prairie Tuesday...
The Staples-Motley 13U Babe Ruth baseball team ended their season with a 2nd place finish at the first annual Pat and Carolyn Held 13U tournament. Due to weather on Friday night, Staples-Motley played their first game at 7:30 Saturday morning and lost a close game to Dawson-Boyd 5 to 3. The...

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