Sports

Noah Larson celebrates making it to state as an opponent crashes.
The Staples-Motley track and field team qualified six athletes for the Minnesota State Track and Field meet, two of them in multiple events. The Section 6A meet was May 30 at Pillager. Girls athletes heading to state are Audrey Brownell in the 800 and 1,600 meter runs, and Kyanna Burton in the 3,...
The Staples-Motley track and field team advanced multiple athletes and relay teams to the section meet, competing in the sub-section meet on May 23 at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. In the boys meet, Avandre Brandt won three events, the 200, high jump and long jump. Other boys winners  were Logan Robben...
Carter White
The Staples-Motley golf team racked up a slew of birdies in winning the Eagle’s Invite at Eagles Landing Golf Club at Fort Ripley on May 22. Grant Bestland recorded an incredible eight birdies in 18 holes, but had one double bogey and a couple of bogeys to finish two under par.  Carter White shot...
Grant Bestland holsters his putter as he watches his 33 foot birdie putt drop into the cup on the par 3 11th hole at The Vintage. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley boys golf team shot their best score of the year with four golfers in the 70s at their home conference meet on May 14. The team score of 299 is their first time scoring under 300 in a long time and shows they are capable of great golf as a team. Grant Bestland, Carter White,...
Mallory Uselman watches her 260 yard drive go straight down the middle of the fairway on the par 5 sixth hole at The Vintage. She ended up with a birdie on the hole. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Mallory Uselman shot a a three on the par five 13th hole at The Vintage golf course in Staples, scoring an eagle on the 393 yard hole. The Cardinals were third at the Mid State Conference meet on May 14, with some young and improving players filling out the rest of the varsity roster. Uselman shot...
Audrey Brownell
The Staples-Motley track/field teams unleased a swarm of killer B’s on the Mid State Conference, with four of their five conference champions having last names starting with B. Avandre Brandt and Audrey Brownell are double conference champions, each winning two events at the Mid State Conference...
The Staples-Motley softball team lost 15-5 against Pequot Lakes on May 16. Above, Ellie Lange hammers a bases loaded triple over the head of the center fielder. Below, she scores a run on a passed ball, accounting for 4 of the 5 Cardinal runs. The team had two closer games during the week, a 10-8...
Above left, Kristofer Taylor saves extra bases with a running outfield catch. Above, Tayler dives as he races the ball to get to home plate. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
Kristofer Taylor hit a seventh inning double and came around to score on a head-first dive to give the Staples-Motley baseball team a 3-2 walk-off win over Osakis on May 3.  The Cardinals also had an 8-1 win against Detroit Lakes on April 30 and lost to Hawley 8-2 on May 2. Against Osakis, Staples-...
The Staples-Motley track and field team competed at a meet at Minnewaska on April 30. Rain and wind affected a lot of the races, but the Cardinals still set season bests in several events. Boys results 100 - 10. Massimo Pili 12.36, 12. Blake Neelan 12.40, 14. Gavin Chenoweth 12.46, 19. Turner...
The Staples-Motley 8th grade girl’s Junior Olympics volleyball team won the championship at the New York Mills Invitational held April 20. Front: Jada Ellingsen, Anika Tureson, Jasmyne Hove. Back: Kana Reese, Emmalyn Sullivan, Brooklyn Winter, Addison Topper,  Keira Mevisssen, Coach Erin Potter....

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