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The Staples-Motley girls basketball team announced season awards for the past season. Varsity awards that were voted on by the team included: MVP - Haley Cichos Best Defender - Liz Danilyuk Miss Hustle - Lauren Rutten Most Improved - Aleeah Halverson Hardest Worker - Kaitlyn Smith Best Teammate -...
Every passionate angler is eager for that first opportunity to get a fishing rod in the hand, with a lure or a baited hook on the end of the line and a chance to catch those first fish of the year. It was not more than a day after ice-out here at the family cabin, when a fishing boat was seen...
Survival in the animal kingdom is—at its most basic level—a matter of who is the predator and who is the prey. Very few wild creatures die of what humans have come to think of as “natural causes.” But of course, for a wild creature to be captured and eaten—unpleasant as we might find it—is, in fact...
I’ve always said that humans and what we like to call “Nature” are not separate from one another, that we’re part of the same web of life. Humans began as hunters and gatherers, then became farmers, then husbanders of wild creatures they eventually tamed. As we developed over millennia we found...
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team got off to a good start but were outscored in the second half to lose 84-70 in the first round of the Section 8AA playoffs against Menahga. The Cardinals came out shooting well and jumped out to a 31-15 lead. However, they also started getting in foul trouble...
The Staples-Motley softball team had their first day of practice on March 9, indoors at the high school gym with two feet of snow still covering the outdoor field. The gym had enough space to practice fielding, throwing and hitting. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
The Staples-Motley track and field team started their first day of practice March 9 with some strength training, before stretching their legs with some sprints.  
Most parents are all too familiar with the medical expenses of children. Ear tubes, tonsillectomies, braces, stitches for the inevitable cuts and lacerations, not to mention orthopedic incidents for young athletes. Those with youngsters fully understand these incidents as a source of red ink on the...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   With four decisive wins at the state tournament, Owen Bjerga was the champion in the 160 pound weight class. He beat the second, third and fourth place wrestlers with two falls and a major decision, leaving no doubt in his run to the title. “I didn’t expect to be...
Ben Olander and Izaiah DeMars corral a rebound. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley boys basketball team ended the regular season on a positive note with a 51-38 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Feb. 27. On Feb. 24, the team lost 66-60 at St. John’s Prep. The team played their first playoff game on March 2, after this...

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