Sports

By Ray Gildow   After enduring a long, cold spring, Mother Nature has finally turned up the temperature warming our rivers and lakes.  Rising water temperatures also means increased growth in aquatic vegetation and the beginning of a pan fish feeding binge.  For anglers looking to catch panfish,...
Babe Ruth 13U team after a game this season. Front row from left, Logan Martin, Wesley Parker, Jack Carlson, Griffen Bettis, Dylan Lawrence; middle row, Hayden Rutherford, Carson Trantina, Andrew Salcido, Eli Smith, Kevin Miller, Brayden Salcido and Ben Tyrrell; back row, coaches JR Bettis, Brian Smith, Corey Lawrence and Jim Tyrrell.  Not pictured: Hayden Rychner. They play their first state tournament game Thursday, July 18. (Submitted photo)
The Staples-Motley 13-U Babe Ruth baseball team is headed for the state tournament. “It was unexpected,” said coach Brian Smith. “We had been playing okay all year but we didn’t make the right play at the right time. Last week we turned the corner.” The Cardinals beat the top seed, Perham and also...
Early in the race, Emmet Anderson (5) gets into a good position to run with the lead pack.  
Sam Jennissen propels himeslf over the bar in the pole vault on his way to qualifying for the section meet. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
Walter Lusti, left, and  Blair Erickson with their scholarship check and the “wood,” second place plaques. (Photos submitted by Melissa Erickson)
A simple act of kindness can change the life of a child. For teenagers Blair Erickson and Walter Lusti, that act of kindness came as the gift of a portable fish house from their friend Jon Chapman. Jon had been a CLAM Outdoors pro-staffer for several years. As part of that role, he acquired nice...
Runners take off from the starting line for the Lakewood Duathlon on Sept. 7, with 30 participants in the inaugural race, with an age range of 8 to 61. The race consisted of a 1.5 mile run, 8 mile bike ride, and another 1.5 mile run. Top male finishers were Kurt Devine 41:40, Travis Collins 44:59,...
By Mark Anderson Managing Editor   The Staples-Motley girls cross country team is ranked number one in the Minnesota High School Coaches Association poll, and Emmet Anderson is the top ranked individual in the boys poll. Kyanna Burton finished second in the Lucky Lindy Invite at Little Falls on...
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team battled through three fiercely contested matches at Bemidji on Sept. 10, beating East Grand Forks 4-3, falling to Bemidji 4-3, then finishing against Detroit Lakes with a 4-3 win. “The matches couldn’t get any closer,” said Coach Jacque Doll. The Cardinals faced...
The Staples-Motley swim team lost to Minnewaska 95-58 on Sept. 12, as the team took another step towards being more competitive and also had  “From having a team dance party before the meet to out-touching the competition during the meet, it was a meet to remember,” said Coach Amanda Toft. The...

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