Sports

My first sighting of a live Minnesota elk was at least a quarter-century ago. This timeline is linked to the days when my hunting partner and I would bunk at his grandparents’ home in Mahnomen, Minnesota, from where our adventures would take us to far-flung places; most often in pursuit of...
Shaine Guggenberger gets leverage as he scores back points against OTC. Below, Logen Weite gets ready to turn his opponent. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
Spencer Miller picked up his 150th career wrestling win with a pin against Ottertail Central during a triangular meet that included Barnesville Dec. 20. The Cardinals lost 45-24 to OTC and 39-30 to Barnesville. Miller started the match patiently in the first period, practicing his defense before...
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites anyone with an interest in recreational trail systems and motorized use in the Huntersville and Lyons state forests in Wadena County to attend a public meeting from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, to review proposals that include changes to...
Perch fishing is one of the most exciting and rewarding winter sports we have in the Midwest. The issue is that we have plenty of waterways with smaller fish and just a handful of excellent lakes to choose from. Here is a primer on lake choices and techniques I use during the midwinter perch...
It seems a great irony that the first day of winter—December 21st —marks the point when the amount of sunlight each day will actually begin to increase with the passing of every day. Ironic, because the things that make winter most troublesome to some people lie just ahead. Things like the coldest...
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team lost to Aitkin 54-38 on Dec. 21. The Cardinals started out the game with a 4-0 lead and stayed close for much of the first half, but they began missing short shots and free throws to fall behind. The Cardinals next play at the Little Falls Tournament at 3:45...
Staples-Motley basketball players looking to shoot during their game against Aitkin    
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team was undermanned against Detroit Lakes on Dec. 18 and ended up losing 82-39. Sivert Klefsaas was the only player in double figures with 24 points. The Cardinals next play at the Little Falls Tournament on Thursday, Dec. 27, at 6 p.m., with another tournament...
Left, Izaiah DeMars drops off a pass to Bentley Christensen (3). Right, Jordon Carlson heads through the middle of the Swanville defense. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
Bentley Christensen’s hot shooting propelled the Staples-Motley boys basketball team to their first win of the year on Dec. 11 against Swanville, 50-43. Christensen scored 27 points, including five from behind the arc, and helped the team pull away late. In their next game, the Cardinals lost at...
Owen Bjerga cruised to the 160 pound championship at the Big Bear wrestling tournament at Cass Lake-Bena Dec. 14-15. He won with a pin in the title match and his closest match along the way was a 10-5 win. “Our young guys won some matches and will use this year’s experience,” said Coach Mark...

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