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The Staples-Motley Ninth Grade Wrestling League team won the Minnesota state title Jan. 20 at Mora, defeating St. Michael-Albertville in the championship dual. Pictured, front row from left, Jackson Odden, Justin Olson, Jayden Rogers, Liam Jennissen, Jacob Reeck, Garrett Bjerga, Andrew Dobson and...
The Minnesota Ninth Grade Wrestling League state tournament was held at the Welia Center in Mora on January 20.  The tournament is a single-class tournament comprised of the top 24 teams in the state who have qualified at their respective region tournament.  The Cardinals qualified for the state...
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The Staples-Motley wrestling team overwhelmed the Mid State Conference wrestling tournament, winning dual matches with three shutouts and a big win over a Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus team that has been ranked in Class AA this year. This was the final Mid State meet because next year the team...
Eli Rutten, right, tips the ball away from a Royalton player in the closing seconds of the game, helping the Staples-Motley team maintain a one point lead. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team lost second half leads in two games, but held on to win one. They beat Royalton 57-56 on Jan. 16, then lost 76-64 against Park Rapids on Jan. 19. Against Royalton, Avandre Brandt drained two free throws with 23 seconds left to put the team ahead by one. With...
Staples-Motley Youth Basketball participants performed skills and hoop shooting during half-time of the Cardinal girl’s basketball home game held January 12 . (Staples World photos by Janice Winter)  
Alex Schultz (5) gets a hand up to disrupt a shot. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Five players on the Staples-Motley boys basketball team scored in double figures in a 76-60 win over Pierz on Jan. 9. They continued their hot shooting in a 76-72 win over Frazee on Jan. 11. The Cardinals have a 7-4 record on the year so far. Against Pierz, Conner Kuhns stepped up when the team...
Alex Schultz (5) gets a hand up to disrupt a shot. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Five players on the Staples-Motley boys basketball team scored in double figures in a 76-60 win over Pierz on Jan. 9. They continued their hot shooting in a 76-72 win over Frazee on Jan. 11. The Cardinals have a 7-4 record on the year so far. Against Pierz, Conner Kuhns stepped up when the team...
The Staples-Motley wrestling team overwhelmed every opponent except one in the Bemidji Rick Lee Invitational, Jan. 12-13. They finished second in the nine team duals tournament. The Cardinals opened against the third ranked team in the state, Holdingford. They lost 32-22, with several close matches...
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team had two close games against good teams, falling 69-59 at Verndale on Jan. 11 and 74-66 against Park Rapids on Jan. 12.  Verndale came in with a 10-2 record, but the Cardinals stuck with them, keeping within 10 points. Park Rapids was on a hot streak, winning...
The Staples-Motley 8th grade girl’s basketball team placed first in the Mid-State Conference tournament held Jan. 6 in Park Rapids. They also finished the season undefeated. During their 7th/8th grade season they finised with a 30-1 record. They were also the Mid-State champions as seventh graders...

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