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Bentley Christensen sprints to the finish line at the state cross country meet.  
Kyanna Burton turns the corner before kicking up the finishing hill at the state meet. Both runners finished the season on a high note, with Burton placing 19th for an All-State finish. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
Kira Sweeney keeps up with the pack early on.  
The Staples-Motley cross country teams had a successful state meet as Emmet Anderson placed third and Hunter Klimek 17th for the boys to lead the Cardinals to a seventh place finish. In the girls race, Kyanna Burton was 19th and Kira Sweeney was 38th as the girls team placed fifth. “I was greatly...
The Staples-Motley football team played excellent defense, but the offense was bottled up in a 26-6 loss to Pillager in the Section 6AA playoffs on Oct. 23. After giving up 44 points in the first game between these two teams, the Cardinals allowed just one touchdown in each quarter in the playoff...
Lily Schneider swam her best time in the 200 freestyle and nearly reached her top time in the 100 breaststroke to earn two medals at the Mid State Conference swim meet on Oct. 26. “Just like that, the regular season is done and what a season it’s been,” said Coach Amanda Toft. “We have had so much...
The sight could easily have been missed. We were leaving our duck hunting destination, heading home on a county road that leads away from a large national wildlife refuge. My hunting partner and I had spent several days watching our decoys bob and weave on its waters, hoping to attract passing...
The Staples-Motley volleyball team entered the Section 8AA playoffs the way they wanted to play against Detroit Lakes. “We knew in order to compete we needed to attack at them and keep them out of system, as they have a couple of strong attackers,” said Coach Gretchen Bestland. “We did this in the...
The Staples-Motley girls and boys cross country teams both qualified for the state meet with the girls team winning the Section 6A race on Oct. 25 and the boys coming in second. The Cardinals also had the individual champion in each race, Kira Sweeney for the girls and Emmet Anderson for the boys,...

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