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The Staples-Motley volleyball team held their first practice on Aug. 15. The Cardinals start their season at Royalton on Friday, Aug. 26. The first home match is on Monday, Aug. 30, against Pine River-Backus. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
The Staples-Motley girls tennis team held their first official practice on Aug. 15, the first day of practices in the state. The team has an early meet this week, at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Thursday, Aug. 18, and return home to host the Highway 10 Tournament on Tuesday, Aug. 23. (Staples World...
The Staples-Motley boys cross country team let the world know who they are by warming up with a poster at their first practice Aug. 15. The Cardinals open their season at home on Monday, Aug. 29, and will host two more home meets during the season, including the Section 6A meet. (Staples World...
The Staples-Motley 15U Babe Ruth team traveled to Paynesville to participate in the 2022 state tournament, where they placed second after reaching the championship game.  During pool play, Staples-Motley earned the number one seed by winning three straight games, beating Eden Valley Watkins,...
Celebrating their Pacesetter Great Five-State Basketball Championship win at the Target Center in Minneapolis July 23, Staples-Motley eighth grade team members posed for a photo at center court. Front, left to right: Eli Rutten, Peyton Jares, Reed Olds, Connor Kuhns. Back: Coach T.J. Rutten, Josiah...
The Motley Lions Club recently donated 12 wooden bats to the Staples-Motley Cardinals baseball team. The presentation was made at the Pat Held Wood Bat Tournament. Pictured, back row from left, are team members Griffin Bettis, Alex Schultz, Drew Mertens, Hayden Rutherford, Kristofer Taylor, Ben...
The Staples-Motley 13-15 year old baseball team advanced to the state tournament with a 8-0 win over Wadena-Deer Creek in their qualifying tournament, hosted at Jerry Riewer Field in Staples. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
The Cardinal 10U team with their gold medals: front row from left, Leiten Rychner, Camrik Tappe, Bennett Sonenstahl, Maxx Carlson, Andrea Phillippi, Grace Halverson;  back row, Coach Cole Winkels, Kade Potter, Jack Norris, Liam Jennissen, Owen Roline, Tayden Weishair,  Coach Bryan Winkels.  Not pictured, Aiven Sullivan. (Submitted photo)
The 10U Staples-Motley Cardinals baseball team finished the season a perfect 11-0 with their championship victory on July 14.  After an 8-0 regular season, the Cardinals entered the tournament as the top seed and advanced to the semi-finals with a 1-0 walk off win against a tough Sebeka team. Coach...
The biennial Staples-Motley Cardinal Alumni Basketball Tournament was held July 8-9 at Staples-Motley High School. Four women’s teams and nine men’s teams played multiple games for the tournament. Pictured, some of the action from the playoff rounds, with veterans and younger players mixing it up...
The Staples-Motley 15U baseball team showed some good plays while winning a game against Park Rapids. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  

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