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The Staples-Motley girls basketball ended the regular season on a high note, beating Aitkin 64-56 on Feb. 23. They also lost to Crosby-Ironton 79-31 on Feb. 20. The Cardinals finished the regular season with a 7-19 record and they were fourth in the final season of the Mid State Conference, with a...
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team lost to Pelican Rapids 62-43 on Feb. 20, then won against Menahga, 72-65 on Feb. 23. Against Pelican Rapids, the Cardinals fell behind by double digits at halftime and were not able to get closer in the second half. Against Menahga, Alex Schultz scored all of...
Jack Carlson applies pressure during the Section 7A match. (Submitted photos)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Blake Neelan stunned Holdingford with a throw for a pin, and Jack Carlson upset his opponent, two pivotal matches that helped the Staples-Motley wrestling team beat the state’s second ranked team 32-25 in the Section 7A team final on Feb. 16, punching their ticket...
Staples-Motley fans get ready to explode as Avandre Brandt throws down a dunk in the Pillager game. Brandt had two dunks in the game. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team lost a second half lead to fall against Pillager 56-50 on Feb. 5, then lost two more games, 65-44 at Park Rapids and 53-24 against Detroit Lakes on Feb. 9. Against Pillager, Liv Lorber and Lauren Rutten each scored in double figures in the first half to give...
The Staples-Motley wrestling team finished the regular season with a dual meet at Maple Grove on Feb. 8, winning 35-25. The Cardinals had big wins from Caden Dobson, Dustin Converse, Luke Bjerga and Steven Petrich to secure the victory. As with nearly every dual meet this season, the Cardinal...
Leah Greenwaldt applies the famous Staples cradle move during the section tournament. (Submitted photo)
The Staples-Motley girls wrestling team competed in their first section meet, Feb. 9-10 at Bemidji. Leah Greenwaldt won three matches to place fifth at 100 pounds, Isabelle Dobson won three matches and placed eighth at 106 and Charlotte Wunderlich was eighth place in a nine person bracket at 124....
Cami Anderson drives to the basket.
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team overcame numerous setbacks for a  59-54 win against Aitkin on Feb. 1, but suffered a 74-47  loss against Pelican Rapids on Jan. 30. Against Aitkin, The Cardinals led in the first minute and in the last minute, but nowhere in between. Both teams struggled to...
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team picked up a win at Melrose on Jan. 25, pulling away in the second half for a 63-51 final score. Lauren Rutten scored 19 while Liv Lorber and Pam Lawrence each had 12. That game was between two homes losses, 70-34 against West Central Area on Jan. 23 and 77-...
Adrian Gomez pulls his opponent towards the mat before earning a pin. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley wrestling team won two matches in a home meet on Jan. 25, over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 59-12 and Ottertail Central 74-0. Against WHA, the Cards had several forfeits a long with wins by Eli Greenwaldt, Jack Carlson and Turner Beachy. Against OTC, most of the wins were on the mat...

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