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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...
The Staples-Motley football team ran for 336 yards and scored eight touchdowns in a 54-18 win at Wadena-Deer Creek on Aug. 30.  The Cardinals scored three touchdowns in the first quarter to take a 20-0 lead. The teams traded touchdowns in the second quarter, but the Staples-Motley defense stopped...
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By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   Emmet Anderson won the St. Olaf High School Showcase, a cross country meet with teams from around the state, and Hunter Klimek was close behind in fifth place on Aug. 29. The Staples-Motley boys placed eighth in a field of mostly big school Class AA teams. The...
Emmet Anderson sprints away from Colden Longley of Bloomington Jefferson to win the St. Olaf High School Showcase on Aug. 29. Anderson’s time of 15:44 was a meet record and a personal best. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Staples-Motley senior football players, from left, Izaiah DeMars, Boston Smith, Ryan Wick, Cade Schmidt, Issac Kronnenberg, Emmitt Winkels and Garrett Carlson. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)s
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   After a good showing at their scrimmage on Aug. 24, the Staples-Motley football team is making plans to improve on their one win season last year. But more than that, they are doing it as a team and a community. “This is a great group of kids. They have worked...
Sophomores Adriana Dickey and Evelyn Gonzalez (on phone screen) will be the captains of the Cardinals swim team this season.
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley swim team starts the season with a lot of young swimmers who are showing the potential for growth. “Our team is very young, the oldest team members being sophomores, but they are ready to challenge themselves and make each other better,” said...

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