Sports

Jack Tyrrell and Hunter Klimek team up in the cross country race. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley cross country teams opened their season at a meet in Menahga on Aug. 19. Both teams finished fourth and both were led by eighth grade runners. Kira Sweeney placed second in the girls race and Emmet Anderson was sixth for the boys. Team results Girls varsity Team scores: United...
Kelsie Weite returns a shot during the doubles tournament on Aug. 24. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team took back the traveling trophy for the Highway 10 tournament Aug. 24, where doubles matches were played in Staples and singles matches were played in Wadena. The team played three competitive matches on Aug. 27, losing to Brainerd, Princeton and Minnewaska. At...
The Railroad Days Dash 5K for Kinship Partners had a varied cast of competitors for the Aug. 27 race, with runners, walkers, kids, adults, senior citizens, dogs and babies all taking part in the event, creating some interesting sights along the course. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The top 20 finishers in the Railroad Days 5K Dash for Kinship Partners, held Aug. 27, are; Top 20 men: Kenny Miller, Wadena, 16:03; Jeff Thompson, Staples 18:30; Taylor Johnson, Waite Park, 18:43; Paul Gorton, St. Paul, 18:45; Eric Januszewski, Staples 19:17; Shawn Kittridge, St. Cloud 19:31;...
Staples-Motley cross country captains, from left, Mikayla Sauber, Coleman Klimek, Taylor Yungbauer, Nick Tabatt, Blake Gerard and Alex Miller.
By Mark Anderson News Editor   The Staples-Motley girls and boys cross country teams will both be very young, but they both plan to be very fast this year. “We have good numbers and good athletes,” said Coach Bruce Fuhrman. “The boys have a solid nine to ten runners and the girls have a lot of new...
Staples-Motley football captains Hunter Berggren and Matt Miller.
Coming off their first winning season in five years, including a playoff win, the Staples-Motley football team is looking to take another step forward with the ultimate goal of making it to state. “Our goal is to win our home games. That will help us win the district and will give us a good shot at...
Staples-Motley tennis team captains, from left, Izabella Edin, Ashley Smith and Lexi Johnson.
    The Staples-Motley girls tennis team talks a lot about confidence; like in the strokes they hit and in their teammates. It’s paying off early as the team started the season 4-0, with wins over Little Falls, Osakis, Morris and Yellow Medicine East. One reason for the confidence is “Izabella is...
Staples-Motley/Verndale swim team captains; Lili Schneider and Emily Veronen.
With a lot of very young swimmers on the team, Staples-Motley Coach Amanda Olson is finding big improvements after just one week of practice. “Already they’re doing things they thought were impossible ... it’s starting to click,” said Olson. The team started doing time trials early because Olson...
A buzz of excitement is going through the Staples-Motley gym as the volleyball team has been practicing early in the season. “There is a lot of energy, a lot of excitement around the program,” said Coach Gretchen Bestland. “We have strong senior leadership with our three captains and two other...
Staples Motley fall sports practices started Aug. 14. Pictured above, the football team goes through a kickoff drill; at left, the volleyball team sets their balls in the air; below left, the swim team gets ready to do another lap; right and below right, cross country runners run through Pine Grove...
Mitch Albers with a 48 inch catch and release muskie.
For anglers in Minnesota and Wisconsin the thrill of fishing muskie is pretty well known but the fact is muskies are a very rare fish in North America. Their range is limited to just a few states and Canada. The muskie is the state fish of Wisconsin. The walleye is Minnesota’s state fish. Which...

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