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The Staples-Motley softball team lost 18-0 to the number one seed St. Cloud Cathedral in the first round of the Section 6AA playoffs on May 23, ending their season with a 2-14 record. Pictured, Brooke Converse smashes a pitch in a game earlier this season. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  
Sam Opheim clobbers a pitch to earn a hit for an RBI in the first inning of the win against Royalton. (Staples World photos by Mark Anderson)  
The Staples-Motley baseball team used clutch hitting and powerful pitching to defeat Royalton 4-2 on May 26. The Cardinals scored two in the first inning with the help of an RBI single by Sam Opheim. They used good base running to manufacture runs in the third and sixth. Colbe Tappe, Justin...
The Staples-Motley junior varsity golf team were the Mid State Conference JV champions in their meet at The Traditional golf course in Breezy Point on May 24. From left, Jesse, Zach Tabatt, AJ Nienow, Cy Johnson, Jaden Johson and Micah Larson.  
Remington Converse won the 100 meter dash, Hunter Miller won the high jump and Kyanna run in the Mid State Conference meet at Park Rapids on May 17. The girls team finished fourth and the boys were fifth in the meet, showing the strength and depth of the conference. The team had several runner-up...
The Staples-Motley softball team had a busy week where they picked up their second win of the season, 3-2 at Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale on May 17.  The day before, May 16, they had two close losses at Crosby-Irongon, 8-7 and 7-2. They had another loss at Wadena-Deer Creek before returning home to play...
Axel Mertens, licensed trapper, trapped a 66.8 pound beaver May 10 in a creek south of Staples. He used a 330 conibear trap known for a fast catch and kill so there is no suffering for the animal. Axel is in the process of stretching and tanning the hide. He is a sophomore at Staples-Motley High...
Aften Robinson runs the 400 with Staples-Motley  coaches Steve Fligge and Tony Spandl cheering her on. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)
The Staples-Motley boys were second and the girls placed seventh at the Section 6A True Team track and field meet on May 10 at Pelican Rapids. In the true team meet, every participant counts towards the team score, with the top scores showing the strongest and deepest teams. The Cardinal boys were...
The Staples-Motley girls golf team played at the Gravel Pit Invitational on May 10 at East Gull Lake and in their home tournament on May 13. In both tournaments, the Cardinals finished in the upper half against big schools. Team results Gravel Pit Invitational Elk River 204, Pequot Lakes 212,...
Ben Tyrrell gets ready to tag out a runner attempting to steal second base, on a throw from catcher Josh Kossan. (Staples World photo by Mark Anderson)  

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