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Owen Winter strains to keep his opponent down while winning a 172 pound match.
The Staples-Motley wrestling team placed sixth at the Rumble on the Red tournament in Fargo Dec. 28-29, finishing as the top small school team at the 74 team tournament. Colbe Tappe and Eli Greenwaldt finished second in their brackets while Gage Bjerga placed third. Several other Cardinals won...
Lauren Rutten goes to the basket against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team got off to slow starts in two games, scoring 12 points in the first half against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley and 16 against Upsala. They played better in each second half but ended up losing 59-28 and 63-43 in the two games. Lauren Rutten reached the 1,000...
vandre Brandt gets fouled as he attempts to dunk the ball in the game against Braham. He made both free throws to give the Cardinals a big lead in the game. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team took off in the second half, turning a one point deficit into a 28 point win, 81-53, over Braham on Dec. 18. The Cardinals also defeated Pine River-Backus 78-43 in the first round of the Pillager holiday tournament on Dec. 21. The second game was played Dec....
Staples-Motley graduate Emmet Anderson was named the University of Minnesota cross country MVP for the past season. He led the Gophers in three meets and was within a few seconds of the top runners in every race this year. His fastest race was a 24:02 8K at the pre-nationals meet in Virginia,...
The Staples-Motley boys basketball gave up too many second chances and missed too many outside shots in a 64-60 loss to Upsala on Dec. 11. The Cardinals also lost 93-73 to West Central Area on Dec. 15. Against Upsala, Staples-Motley held the lead for most of the game, but fell behind at the end of...
The Staples-Motley football team recently announced ten players named All District and five players named All Section.  Six of the All District players were First Team: Elijah Claussen, Blake Neelan, Alex Schultz, Steven Petrich, Colbe Tappe and Luke Bjerga. Honorable Mention All District went to...
The Staples-Motley wrestling team took down the third ranked team in North Dakota to win the Grand Forks Sertoma Duals tournament, held Dec. 8-9. The Cardinals met every challenge in the 16 team tournament that featured seven teams from Minnesota and nine from North Dakota. In their four matches,...
Lauren Rutten weaves around three defenders before passing to Cami Anderson, top right. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
Lauren Rutten scored 22 points and led the Staples-Motley girls basketball team to a 55-45 win against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Dec. 5. They also played Pierz on Dec. 8, losing  77-53, to even their record at 2-2 Against LPGE, Liv Lorber scored the first four points and the Cardinals never...
The Staples-Motley wrestling team got off to a winning start to the season. They won two dual matches, St. Cloud Tech 40-18 and Milaca 62-4 in a home meet Dec. 1, then won an eight team invitational at Wadena-Deer Creek on Dec. 2. In the tournament, the Cardinals had five champions and four second...
New coach for boys basketball
Two new basketball coaches started off on the right foot, guiding the Staples-Motley girls and boys basketball teams to wins in their season openers. Girls basketball Kelsie Tyrrell is the new girls head coach, after working as an assistant the past few years. She started her head coaching career...

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