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Staples-Motley tennis team, the Section 5A runners-up, celebrated at their team banquet Nov. 4. Front row from left, Corrine Olson, Allison Knosalla, Nicki Carter and Tasha Achermann; back row, Katherine Michel, Amy Rollins, Jenna Dvorak, Kenzie Erickson, Katie Smith, Georgia Kruchten, Haley Cichos...
Staples-Motley volleyball players at their awards banquet, front row from left, Ava Schneider, Alix Peterson, Aubrey Brandt, Heidi Lombard, Libby O’Neil, Frankie Hansen; back row, Leah Bestland, Bo Erholtz, Bella Martin, Tabetha Allen, Leah Danilyuk, Klaire Storry, Brooke Heldman, Mackenna Bjerga...
The Staples-Motley girls were Section 6A champions and the boys team placed second, as both teams qualified for the state cross country championships. Kyanna Burton won the girls race and Emmet Anderson was first in the boys race. Close behind the winners were Aften Robinson in the girls race and...
Cardinal lineman Ryan Wick (77) made a lot of big defensive plays in the two playoff games. Pictured, Wick brings down a Pillager runner in the backfield. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley football team won their first playoff game 44-0 against Wadena-Deer Creek, but found much tougher going in a 28-8 loss to Pillager in the second round. The Cardinals ended the season with a 7-3 record, with some big wins against quality opponents. “This season was a great step in...
Members of the Staples-Motley Cardinal Tennis Team paused for a photo Oct. 23, prior to their official send-off to the Minnesota State Tennis Tournament which took place the next day. Pictured, from left, are Tasha Achermann, Rose Han, Haley Cichos and Jenna Dvorak. Leading the send-off were the Staples Fire Department and Staples Police. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
Four players competing at the state tournament ended a great season for the Staples-Motley tennis team, with senior Tasha Acherman and juniors Rose Han, Haley Cichos and Jenna Dvorak competing in doubles.  “They played teams that have much more state tournament experience, so it was challenging,”...
The Cardinals volleyball team cheered during their third game against Fergus Falls Oct. 23, as the score was tied 14 - 14. Pictured on the court, from left are Tabetha Allen, Aubrey Brandt, Mackenna Bjerga, Bella Martin, Heidi Lombard, Leah Bestland. On the bench, from left, are Ava Schneider, Alix Peterson. (Staples World photo by Dawn Timbs)
The Staples-Motley volleyball team struggled with the height of the Fergus Falls team and lost 3-0 in the opening round of the Section 8AA playoffs. “We knew coming into the section game that they were going to be tough,” said Coach Gretchen Bestland. “Even though it is not how we wanted the season...
 The Staples-Motley volleyball team won their final dual match against Menahga 3-1 on Oct. 14, made it into the finals at the Upsala Tourney, Oct. 17, but lost two extremely close games, finishing third out of nine teams. The Cardinals finished the season with a 16-10 record, earning the second...
The Staples-Motley boys cross country team takes off at the Proctor Invitational on Oct. 15, with Hunter Klimek (7210) and Emmet Anderson (7212) leading the way, in front of the airplaine that is on display at the Proctor Golf Course. Cardinal sports teams are in postseason play this week, from...
Two Staples-Motley doubles teams are making their first trip to the state tournament this week. Haley Cichos and Jenna Dvorak won the section doubles title while Tasha Achermann and Rose Han placed second in the tournament to also qualify for state. Both doubles teams will open the tournament at...
The Staples-Motley football team found little traction in their 40-0 loss at Barnesville on Oct. 16. The Cardinals only had 63 total yards from scrimmage, they converted two of their three fourth down attempts and only made two of eleven third down tries. Meanwhile, the defense gave up 394 yards...

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