Kaitlyn Smith and Madysen Hull work together during the cross country race.
The Staples-Motley cross-country teams started the season with some scorching times by their top runners and good performances from other varsity runners. The Cardinals competed in their home meet on Aug. 28. Kira Sweeney won the girls meet, leading the entire race. She jumped out to a big lead,...
Staples-Motley cross country captains are, from left, Kira Sweeney, Katlyn  Smith, Brayden Christensen, Nick Tabbatt and Bentley Christensen. Not pictured, Trenton Plopper. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley boys and girls cross-country teams are in position to have some post-season success. The boys return most of their top runners and the girls have a ranked runner to lead their team. The boys team is “looking great, we are on the verge of becoming one of the best teams in the area...
Emma Gerard and Emily Veronen will be the Staples-Motley swim team captains in 2017. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Swim meets will be exciting this year, said team captains Emma Gerard and Emily Veronen. “With all the hard work we did in and out of the pool, each meet we are going to improve,” said Gerard. Veronen said the meets will be something fans can get into. “It’s exciting, it really gets your adrenaline...
Football seniors and leaders, from left, Dalton Holmberg, Luke Schmieg, Isaac Swendsrud, Griffin Webster, Kyle Serich, Braden Tyrrell, Mason Nyhus and Scout Strickland. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley football team is counting on all the work they put in together as a team. They lost a lot of seniors from last year’s team and are looking to develop leaders to replace them. “We don’t have as much size, but we are smarter,” said senior Braden Tyrrell. “We are faster, too,” said...
Staples-Motley tennis seniors, from left, Claire Wolhowe, Anna Wilgohs, Kelsi Peterson, Katie Johnson and Brynn Williams. Not pictured, senior Haley Dietman. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley tennis team is starting the season with a new head coach, Jacque Doll, and new assistant, Nick Doll. With six seniors graduated from last year’s team and six more on this year’s team, the Cardinals coaches know the future is in the young players. “It has been really good so far...
Staples-Motley Volleyball seniors are, from left, Rayna Guzman, Camryn Banaka and Ashley Vasquez. Not pictured, Alex Davis. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley volleyball team started with a gym full of girls who are excited to play. “It is going great, there is a lot of potential,” said team captain Camryn Banaka. She said an important time for the team was when a bunch  of the players attended a camp at the University of Northwestern...
There are a handful of expressions that, though politically incorrect, are sometimes used to describe a person whose mental stability is – shall we say – uncertain. Cuckoo, cracked, batty and several others come to mind. Another that’s equally familiar is “loony,” a term especially resonant here in...
More photos from the Staples-Motley Little League Championship game on July 26. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
August by most measures is still what we would call high summer. But it’s an ambiguous month, a pivotal time when the transition from the season of growth and new life to the season of maturity and harvest begins. A drive through rural Minnesota will reveal hay bales already scattered across farm...


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