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Isaac Christoffersen and Jack Tyrrell run together at the Milaca meet. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Runners take off from the starting line for the Lakewood Duathlon on Sept. 7, with 30 participants in the inaugural race, with an age range of 8 to 61. The race consisted of a 1.5 mile run, 8 mile bike ride, and another 1.5 mile run. Top male finishers were Kurt Devine 41:40, Travis Collins 44:59,...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley girls cross country team is ranked number one in the Minnesota High School Coaches Association poll, and Emmet Anderson is the top ranked individual in the boys poll. Kyanna Burton finished second in the Lucky Lindy Invite at Little Falls on...
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team battled through three fiercely contested matches at Bemidji on Sept. 10, beating East Grand Forks 4-3, falling to Bemidji 4-3, then finishing against Detroit Lakes with a 4-3 win. “The matches couldn’t get any closer,” said Coach Jacque Doll. The Cardinals faced...
The Staples-Motley swim team lost to Minnewaska 95-58 on Sept. 12, as the team took another step towards being more competitive and also had  “From having a team dance party before the meet to out-touching the competition during the meet, it was a meet to remember,” said Coach Amanda Toft. The...
One of the interesting aspects of the Little Falls Lucky Lindy cross country meet was the addition of the Laguna Beach, Calif. team. Pictured, Staples-Motley runner Will Dolezal (5671) is surrounded by five Laguna Beach runners. One of the Laguna Beach coaches is from Little Falls, prompting the...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Winning on fourth down was the key to a 20-14 win for the Staples-Motley football team over Breckenridge on Sept. 13. The Cardinal defense stopped four fourth down tries in the second half, two of them after turnovers that could have turned the game around. The...
The Staples-Motley volleyball team fell to New York Mills 3-0 on Sept. 9, but came back strong with wins against Sebeka on Sept. 10 and Crosby-Ironton on Sept. 12. Senior setter Mackenna Bjerga had 17 set assists in the NYM match, 38 against Sebeka and 25 at Crosby-Ironton, and is now well past 1,...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   It took a few games for the Staples-Motley girls tennis team to figure out how to play with a fierce wind that came up just as the matches were starting against Park Rapids on Sept. 5.  “The wind tried to stop us, but the girls stayed strong and fought through it...
After Issac Kronenberg (64) cleared a path, quarterback Max Strickland reaches out and jumps over the goal line for the team’s second touchdown. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   With clutch plays throughout the game, the Staples-Motley football team ground out a 20-16 win against third ranked Otter Tail Central on Sept. 6. In the last two possessions, the Cardinals stopped OTC on fourth and one, then converted their own fourth and two,...

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