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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,...
Emmet Anderson pulled away from the competition with a mile to go and kept increasing his speed, to finish in a school record of 15:09 at the Moorhead Dragon Twilight on Sept. 6. Perfect conditions of a fast, flat course, no wind and a fast field led to nearly every competitor running a personal...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley swim team raced at Ogilvie-Mora on Sept. 3. Since Ogilvie has a 25 meter pool, instead of 25 yards of most pools, Coach Amanda Toft said it was hard to confirm times dropping, but the swimmers had some close races and powered through the last...
Staples-Motley volleyball players react to finishing the 3-2 win, after starting out down 0-2. From left, Mackenna Bjerga, Bo Erholtz, Ava Schneider and Aubrey Brandt. (Submitted photos)
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley volleyball team started in a hole by losing the first two sets at Bertha-Hewitt on Sept. 3. But they stuck with it and won the third game, then survived two nail-biter sets, each by two points, to take the match 3-2. “They were intense,” said...
Taylor Johnson gets a high five at the finish line as he crosses to win the Railroad Days Dash 5k with a time of 18:49, with Joe Gorton right behind. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
The Staples-Motley swimmers faced Little Falls in a meet Aug. 29, in which the coaches matched up the swimmers to form some very competitive races. “We put together close races to push our athletes in the best way possible, with positive competition,” said Coach Amanda Toft. The Cardinals may have...
The Staples-Motley volleyball team took care of business in their first head to head game of the season, defeating Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 25-13, 25-11, 25-14 on Aug. 27. “The team played three consistent sets which is something we have been focusing on, to not let down and keep the momentum on our...

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