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For the first time since 2002, the Elk River girls nordic ski team has advanced to the state tournament. The Elks finished in second place at the Section 5A tournament and will compete at the state tournament on Feb. 13 at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, Minnesota.

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Elk River tennis program opens up new home facility, couldn’t be more pleased with it  by Jake AndersenSports ReporterGiven the success of the program, every Elk River tennis season is highly anticipated, but this year, that anticipation was taken to another level. After 55 years on their ol…

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It’s time to celebrate the great outdoors once again at the 38th annual Game Fair with a multitude of fun events, outdoors exhibitors, dogs of all shapes and sizes, along with plenty of fair food. The six-day event takes place over two weekends on the grounds of the Armstrong Ranch Kennels i…

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The Zimmerman trap team advanced on to their third straight Minnesota State High School League state trap shooting tournament, which was set to take place on Friday, June 21, at Minneapolis Gun Club in Prior Lake. 

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The Elk River girls golf team battled through windy and cold weather conditions to claim another Northwest Suburban Conference title at the conference championship meet at Bunker Hills Golf Course in Coon Rapids on May 21. The Elks shot a 345, outshooting second-place finisher Maple Grove by…

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Behind a standout pitching performance by Kenzie Olene and a couple of late runs, the No. 4-seeded Zimmerman Thunder overcame an early deficit to defeat No. 5 Willmar in the first round of the Section 5-3A tournament at Zimmerman High School on May 21 by a score of 3-2.

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The Elk River tennis team won their side of the Northwest Suburban Conference following a 5-2 victory over Champlin Park on May 7. This year two NWSC teams were awarded conference titles for winning their seven-team division in the 14-team conference. In the past, one conference champion was…

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The following high school spring sports previews are based on information submitted by coaches. Any other previews to come in will be included in next week’s edition of the Star News. Lacrosse and traps previews will be among those included in next week’s edition. 

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Former Elk Jonna Curtis and the Minnesota Whitecaps, a professional girls hockey team in the National Women’s Hockey League (NWHL) were set to play in their first postseason game on March 15 against the Metropolitan Riveters, with a chance to secure a spot in the Isobel Cup finals on March 1…

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Elk River’s Joey Foss was named one of 16 finalists for the 2019 Reed Larson Award by Let’s Play Hockey on Feb. 28. The award is presented to the top senior boys high school hockey defenseman in Minnesota.

Other finalists for the award include Wayzata’s Tommy Bergsland, Minnetonka’s Grant Docter, Lakeville South’s Sam Elasky, Hermantown’s Darian Gotz, Blaine’s Nick Hauck, SW Christian/Richfield’s Jake Holmstrom, Chaska’s Mike Koster, Eden Prairie’s Keegan Langefels, Minnetonka’s Josh Luedtke, Cretin-Derham Hall’s Danny Magnuson, Buffalo’s Joe McNamara, Duluth East’s Frederick Paine, Duluth Denfeld’s Darren Shykes, Edina’s Mike Vorlicky and Bloomington Jefferson’s Gavin Wendorf.

According to Let’s Play Hockey, the 16 finalists have scored an average of seven goals and 20 assists, as of Feb. 27, and boast an average grade-point average of 3.60. The Reed Larson Award also factors in off-ice criteria, such as academics, community/extracurricular activities, citizenship and coachability.

Foss, whose season and career came to an end in an 8-0 loss to Andover in the Section 7AA semifinals on Feb. 23, was the team’s most reliable defenseman in an up-and-down season for the Elks, scoring five goals and 15 assists – a team-high among defensemen – in a 10-16-1 season.

The 6-foot-4, 220-pound defenseman also led the Elk River blue line last season, scoring a career-high 34 points (11 g, 23 a). While the offensive numbers dropped this season, Foss was forced to be more disciplined on the back end, as the leader of a young, inexperienced defensive core that lost three of its top-six defensemen to injury during the season.

The winner of the Reed Larson Award will be announced at one of the State Tournament Banquets on March 5 or 6 at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.