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Sawyer Ferdon (61) and Luke Bjerga (50) are among the offensive line who are keeping the defense off of Eli Rutten as he competes a pass. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley football team lost to Hawley 46-7 on Sept. 30, with Ben Tyrrell scoring a touchdown for the Cardinals. The Cardinal defense gave up a quick touchdown on the first drive, but stopped Hawley on their second attempt, with Peyton Mithun breaking up a pass to force the punt. The...
Eli Greenwaldt (2505) and Odin Trif (2512) kick to the finish line at the Roy Griak race.
The Staples-Motley cross country teams ran in the biggest meet in Minnesota, the Roy Griak race at the University of Minnesota on Sept. 23. Top teams from eight states ran in the meet. With all those fast runners, anyone not in the front pack was squeezed by a multitude of runners and slowed down,...
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team played a bunch of close matches but ended up on the short side of a few of them in a 5-2 loss against Pequot Lakes on Sept. 22. The loss moved the Cardinal record to 11-3, and was their first conference loss. The Cardinals also started off playing well at the...
Staples-Motley blockers Annie Schlosser, Grace Jennissen and Emilya Case make it tough for the Menahga hitter to get the ball through. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley volleyball team added two more wins to their record with a 3-1 home victory against Menahga on Sept. 20, then another 3-1 win against Park Rapids on Sept. 22. Against Menahga, the Cardinals cruised in the first two sets but couldn’t find any consistency in the third set, with...
By the end of the game, the Pillager field had been turned into a big mud pit, while fans watched under umbrellas and raincoats. Pictured, Blake Neelan carries the ball through the mud. (Submitted photo)
The Staples-Motley football team lost to Pillager 16-0 on a wet and muddy field on Sept. 23. Pillager scored one touchdown in the second quarter, one in the third and scored on a safety in the fourth quarter. The rain turned out to be unfortunate for the Cardinals because it limited their passing...
Kyanna Burton (4457) and Audrey Brownell (4456) charge up a hill with the lead pack. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley cross country teams competed in a high-powered meet, the  Little Falls Lucky Lindy held Sept. 15, with seven ranked teams in the girls race and five in the boys race. The Cardinal girls had great races from their top five runners and placed second, only to a team ranked in Class...
Blake Neelan blocks as Eli Rutten completes a pass over his head.
The Staples-Motley football team lost 42-0 against Osakis on Sept. 16, playing undersized against a more experienced team. Osakis drove down the field for an easy score on their first possession, but the Cardinal defense tightened up after that. The Cardinals stopped them on downs on their next...
The Staples-Motley volleyball team emerged with a win at Aitkin on Sept. 15, then competed at the Bertha-Hewitt tournament on Sept. 17. The win moved the Cardinals up to a 5-4 record for the season. Team results Staples-Motley 3, Aitkin 0, 25-21, 25-20, 27-25 Grace Jennissen: assists-1, kills-4,...
Maggie Claussen keeps a shot from the floor in front of the Cardinal bench.
The Staples-Motley volleyball team breezed past Bertha-Hewitt 3-0, on Sept. 6, and then ran into conference leader Pequot Lakes, on Sept. 8, falling short with 3-0 loss.  Against Bertha-Hewitt, the Cards spread the ball around with Livi Lorber scoring seven kills, while Grace Jennissen and Ellie...
Lauren Rutten looks to pass
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team improved to a 7-2 record in dual matches this season, with wins over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 7-0 on Sept. 6, and 6-1 against Parkers Prairie and 6-1 against section rival Roseau on Sept. 9. SM singles players had a strong showing without a loss in the three...

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