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Natalie Kleiberova
Having the conference champion was only the start of the incredible efforts that propelled the Staples-Motley girls cross country to the Mid State Conference championship Oct. 10, in Park Rapids. S-M tied with Pequot Lakes so they had to go to the sixth place finisher, where Natalie Kleiberova...
The Staples-Motley girls cross country team with their championship trophy after winning their conference race on Oct. 10. From left, Tayler Yungbauer, Natalie Kleiberova, Kaitlin Smith, Kira Sweeney, Ameara Chenoweth, Addison Lorber and Mackenzie Wilds. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley girls cross country team with their championship trophy after winning their conference race on Oct. 10. From left, Tayler Yungbauer, Natalie Kleiberova, Kaitlin Smith, Kira Sweeney, Ameara Chenoweth, Addison Lorber and Mackenzie Wilds. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Isaac Swensrud (58) and Trey Skeesick (83) open up a big hole for Eric Lisson to run through. Lisson ran for 201 yards and scored four touchdowns in the Homecoming game against Long Prairie-Grey Eagle. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley football team started slow but ended up rolling to a 36-6 Homecoming game win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Oct. 7. The game started with both defenses gaining the upper hand. The first two Cardinal drives ended with a punt and lost a fumble on fourth and seven. Hunter Berggren...
The Staples-Motley volleyball team celebrates a successful spike in the first set against New York Mills. From left, Mardi Ophein, Mackenzie Zetah, Chelsea Nanik, Camryn Banaka, Taylor Heldman and Alex Davis. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley volleyball team lost three straight games but are showing a competitive spirit in facing some of the good teams in the area. The Cardinals lost on Sept. 27 to Menahga 19-25, 19-25, 15-25, on Sept. 29 to Park Rapids 15-25, 13-25, 15-25, and on Oct. 3 to New York Mills 19-25, 13-25...
The Staples-Motley swim team took on a variety of competition in three meets, against Fosston-Bagley on Sept. 27, against Park Rapids on Sept. 29 and a four team meet on Oct. 1 against Perham, Fosston-Bagley and Crookston. “We had some great swims as well as some learning experiences,” Coach Amanda...
The Staples-Motley cross country teams had two individual winners as both teams won the Deer River meet on Sept. 27. Emmet Anderson won the boys meet in 17:03 and Hunter Klimek was close behind in third place in 17:27. Kira Sweeney won the girls meet easily as the Cardinals placed six runners in...
The Staples-Motley football team scored three touchdowns in the second quarter and then held on to defeat United North Central 30-14 on Sept. 23. The victory is the third straight win for the Cardinals, running their record to 3-1. At UNC, Eric Lisson opened the scoring in the first quarter with a...
Sam Schimpp swings a forehand shot against Crosby-Ironton. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley tennis team cruised through two matches on Sept. 20, beating Wadena-Deer Creek 6-1 and Crosby-Ironton 7-0. They then placed third in the Litchfield Invite on Sept. 24. At the tournament, Izabella Edin and Sam Schimpp won their brackets. Edin defeated players from Owatonna,...
The Wadena County 4H shooting sports team competed in the Minnesota 4H State Shoot at Alexandria Shooting Park, Sept 9-11. Above, front ; Autumn DeLeon, Taylor Horton, Katie Benson, Xander Lincoln, Otto Mattson, Rashad Lincoln, Ethan Trout and Melissa Trout; back; archery coaches Anita and Kevin...

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