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They came from all over; Florida, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Iowa. They came with kids, spouses, significant others or alone. Some were a little heavier, some had little thinner hairlines and some were just not in condition to play, but came back to see old friends, teammates...
From left, Jasmine McGillivray, Mikayla Wing and Emily Israelson share smiles after a scramble for the ball in the Cardinal Alumni Basketball Tournament. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The tournament was very fun and probably more successful than we could have hoped for the first year.  Not only did multiple teams register to give us a blast from the past, but players embraced the alumni theme by creating retro Cardinal jerseys, digging up old uniforms, inviting old legends to be...
Cyris Eagle Tail, left, and Ryan Trout emerge from the burlap netting obstacle of the Paul Bunyan Extreme 5K obstacle race on July 9.
Ryan Trout and Cyris Eagle Tail of Staples placed first and second at the Paul Bunyan Extreme 5K obstacle course race on July 9 held near Brainerd. The two worked together for the first part of the course. “I ran the first half of the race with him,” said Trout. “We were helping each other out,...
A Pacesetter Basketball Camp for first through eighth graders will be held at Staples-Motley High School, July 18-21. The camp director is Dave Walker, head coach at Minnesota West Community College in Worthington. He had a state champion team in 1993. Boys and girls entering grades 1-2 will meet 8...
The summer rec baseball teams are in full swing. Above, Little League player Steven Petrich snags a throw at first base for the out. 
Gone are the days when the hunting masses wore red flannel for visibility, when youth wandered the countryside with .22 rifles hunting squirrels with little or no supervision and kids sold nightcrawlers along the side of the road like lemonade.     Now participation has declined, an issue that led...
The schedule for the  2016 Cardinal Basketball Alumni Tournament has been released, with eight men’s teams and four women’s teams signed up to play.  Pool play will take place Friday, July 15, starting at 6 p.m. Each team will play three “half-games” for seeding. For the women’s tournament, the...
    It is just one more threat to our lakes, streams and rivers to worry about - rusty crayfish. The name sounds pretty nonthreatening, but these critters are a very unwelcomed nasty addition to some of our lakes, rivers, streams and ponds.  Rusty crayfish are native to the Ohio River basin and the...
Staples Lumberbats third baseman Jake Rude dives to catch the throw on a steal attempt in the opening game of their home tournament June 25-26.
Staples Lumberbats third baseman Jake Rude dives to catch the throw on a steal attempt in the opening game of their home tournament June 25-26.   
It couldn’t have been much closer in the finals of the Staples tennis tournament as Kelsi Peterson beat Lexi Johnson 6-1, 1-6, 7-6 for the singles title in the initial year of the tournament. In division 2, for non-varsity players, two Staples Motley players advanced to the semi-finals. Rose Han...

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