Sports

Staples-Motley athletes from various sports started strength and conditioning training on June 12. At right, students lift weights at the high school weight room. Above, students do some outdoor specialized training, taking off on a sprint after starting in a lying down position. The community...
The Staples-Motley Babe Ruth U-13 baseball team got going early with games June 6 and 8. Pictured, pitchers Gordon Ramirez and Jacob Trantina.  (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
Staples-Motley track and field athletes Millie Klefsaas and Max Giza show their medals with pole vault coach Tony Spandl, left, and track coaches Cory Asfeld and Bruce Furhman. (Submitted photo)
Millie Klefsaas and Max Giza flew higher than ever in the pole vault, as Klefsaas broke her own state meet record to win the girls pole vault and Giza had his highest vault of the year to place third in the boys state track and field meet. Both athletes also placed in their hurdle races, although...
Alex Erpelding was presented the Gordy Thompson Wrestling Memorial Award on June 2 by Staples-Motley Coach Dave Anglin. The award is for a senior wrestler who has displayed “dedication, desire, determination and drive.” Erpelding will continue wrestling in college at Itasca Community College. He...
Staples-Motley boys golfers at the section meet, from left, Beck Erholtz, Jack Benson, Tyler Helling, Jack Adamietz, Alex Giza and Finn Erholtz. (Submitted photo)
The Staples-Motley girls placed third and the boys were eighth at the section golf meet. Although no golfers advanced to state, both young teams were right in the thick of the medal hunt. The section meet was played June 5 and 6 at Blackberry Ridge in Sartell. The girls team has been improving...
Max Giza, top, looks to the next hurdle while placing 2nd in the 300 meter hurdles.
Millie Klefsaas will be back to defend her two state titles, in the 100 meter hurdles and the pole vault, as she won both events at the Section 6A track and field meet on June 1. Her hurdle time was 15.89 and she pole vaulted 11’4” to set the section record. Max Giza qualified for the state pole...
Saturday morning I was up early, on the road to a fishing destination just after sunrise. As I turned the car north on a secondary road close to the Mississippi River, I saw a large formation of Canada geese rising in their slow, majestic way, above the trees that separate road from river. Then...
The Vintage Golf Course Ladies League started on Monday, June 5, with 22 golfers playing a 3-4 person 9 hole scramble, teeing off between 5-5:30 p.m. There was a tie for the low team score of 33 on the front nine. The team of Heidi Chapman, Michelle Wolhowe, Julie Nelson, and Jody Hagenson tied the...
Interest has ramped up this spring in the state record fish program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, with five applications for four species including shortnose gar, lake sturgeon, golden redhorse and the quillback carpsucker.   “This is by far the wildest, craziest spring we’ve...
Millie Klefsaas
The Staples-Motley track and field teams advanced several athletes to the section meet by placing in the top five at the sub-section meet, held at Pequot Lakes on May 25. The girls team had three champions, Millie Klefsaas in the 100 hurdles and pole vault, Addison Lorber in the 1,600 and Kira...

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