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...
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,”...


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