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The Staples-Motley swim team had two competitive meets but came up short in both, losing to Fosston-Bagley 91-79 on Sept. 20 and dropping 51-34 to Holdingford. “It was a tough loss because they came really close to having their first win,” said Coach Amanda Olson about the Fosston meet, “but I...
I am a huge perch fishing fan and I make no excuses for it. Yes, I know they seldom make for heart stopping trophy photos, but they are the best eating fish we have in the Upper Midwest and the time to catch them starts now in the early fall.   Perch numbers in Minnesota are mysteriously dwindling...
The Staples-Motley football team scored three touchdowns in the second quarter and then held on to defeat United North Central 30-14 on Sept. 23. The victory is the third straight win for the Cardinals, running their record to 3-1. At UNC, Eric Lisson opened the scoring in the first quarter with a...
Sam Schimpp swings a forehand shot against Crosby-Ironton. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley tennis team cruised through two matches on Sept. 20, beating Wadena-Deer Creek 6-1 and Crosby-Ironton 7-0. They then placed third in the Litchfield Invite on Sept. 24. At the tournament, Izabella Edin and Sam Schimpp won their brackets. Edin defeated players from Owatonna,...
The Wadena County 4H shooting sports team competed in the Minnesota 4H State Shoot at Alexandria Shooting Park, Sept 9-11. Above, front ; Autumn DeLeon, Taylor Horton, Katie Benson, Xander Lincoln, Otto Mattson, Rashad Lincoln, Ethan Trout and Melissa Trout; back; archery coaches Anita and Kevin...
The Staples-Motley cross country teams competed against hundreds of runners at the Milaca Mega Meet on Sept. 24. The boys team placed 16th out of 41 teams while the girls were 12th out of 34 teams. There were 290 finishers in the boys race and 251 in the girls. Only the varsity teams ran in this...
The Staples-Motley volleyball team beat Bertha-Hewitt 25-22, 25-21, 25-22 on Sept. 26, beating a team they had lost to earlier in the season. Before that, the Cardinals lost to Pillager 22-25, 16-25, 16-25 on Sept. 20 and to Pequot Lakes 12-25, 18-25, 25-27 on Sept. 22. The Cardinals started...
Dalton Holmberg evades a tackler for a first down in the first half. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Dalton Holmberg scored a rushing touchdown and Matt Miller caught a touchdown pass from Mason Rychner late in the game to give the Staples-Motley football team a 14-7 win over Osakis on Sept. 16. “I’m proud of our effort,” said Coach Travis VanOverbeke. “We played well defensively, and offensively...
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team tied for first place at the Mid State Conference tournament held Sept. 17, with a score of 39 points, the same as Pequot Lakes. The teams faced each other again in a dual meet Sept. 19 and broke the tie with a 4-3 win. In conference tournament play, Lexi Johnson...
The Staples-Motley swim team poses for a photo before the Park Rapids Invite. (Submitted photo)
The Staples-Motley swim team experienced their first big swim meet of the season on Sept. 17, competing in the seven team Park Rapids Invite.  “This meet was filled with a lot of learning, personal bests and even better memories,” said Coach Amanda Olson. “It’s been amazing to watch this team come...

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