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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...
Gordon Enyart sinks a half-nelson deep to turn his opponent and eventually get a pin against Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
Every team’s goal is to be at their best for tournament time, and the Staples-Motley wrestling team used that formula to give the section’s top seed a scare, before falling in the second round of the tournament on Feb. 12. The Cardinals beat Breckenridge 54-19 in the opening round, then lost 46-30...
Allison Knosalla, left, is congratulated by her teammates after making the game tying three pointer. Bella Martin, front, and Klaire Storry, right, gave Knosalla some love after the shot. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
Trailing Pillager by three, Allison Knosalla was all alone with the ball four feet behind the three point line with six seconds left in the game. She looked for teammates to pass the ball, but they were all covered so she turned and launched a high shot at the basket. The ball swished through with...
The young and undermanned Staples-Motley boys basketball team lost three road games in the past week, 84-35 at Crosby-Ironton, 70-35 at Park Rapids and 91-32 at Detroit Lakes. “We were not competitive, but the kids continue to try regardless,” said Coach Nick Doll. “Our kids deserve our respect and...
The Staples-Motley bench erupts after Allison Knosalla made a three point shot with two seconds left to tie the game against Pillager at 55. (Submitted photo)  
The Staples-Motley girls basketball team completed one game amid weather related cancellations, falling to Pequot Lakes 60-36 on Feb. 5. The Cardinals started well, passing patiently untl they got a good shot and playing good defense. But an 8-4 lead turned to a 10-18 deficit when the Cardinals...
The Staples-Motley boys basketball team had all their games cancelled by weather this past week. They will make up for it with three upcoming road games, Tuesday, Feb. 12 at Crosby-Ironton, Friday, Feb. 15 at Detroit Lakes and Saturday, Feb. 16 at Park Rapids. The boys finally return home on...
The Staples-Motley wrestling team will face Breckenridge on Tuesday, Feb. 12 in the first round of the Section 6A tournament at Bertha-Hewitt High School. The winner then faces the top seed, Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale/Parkers Prairie. The Cardinals wrestled their last regular season match at Fergus...
Staples-Motley seniors awarded Dollars For Scholars scholarships for higher education at the Hoop Shoot held at the Cardinal basketball games in  February. Left: Scout Strickland, Andrew Bates and Evan Nanik; right: Kiarra Storry and Chastity Runge. (Submitted photos)  

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