The spring sports season and teams’ 20-20 visions of winning section or state titles have been halted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
After making the state tournament in his 2018-19 junior season, Elks senior Seth Hopkins capped off his Elk River wrestling career by finishing in fifth place in the 285-weight division in the Class 3A state tournament on Feb. 29.
While most of Minnesota paid attention to the Twins’ first postseason game in two years on Friday night, fans in Zimmerman focused on the Thunder's homecoming game. The mood was light, as fans danced to country music and the Backstreet Boys’ 1997 hit “Everybody."
Behind a balanced offensive attack and a dominate defensive performance, Zimmerman improved to 2-0 on the season with a 29-0 shutout victory over Foley in their home opener on Sept. 6.
The Rogers volleyball team is off to a strong start to the season, improving to 3-1 (1-0 NWSC) after a 3-0 victory over Buffalo on Sept. 3. The Royals took down the Bison in three straight sets, winning 25-19, 25-22, 25-21.
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…
Elk River vet Dr. Gallenberg set to answer questions, give out free advice at the “Ask the Vet” booth during all six days of the Game Fair
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…
After watching his team put together a winning record and make another run in the postseason, Michael Lorden couldn’t be happier with the decision he made to return as head coach of the Post 560 Zimmerman Legion baseball team. And now he’s in it for the long haul.
Bandow displays his reputation for being one of the country’s most aggressive drivers, a reputation he’s earned over a 19-year career
The Zimmerman Zebras Legion baseball team won their first game in the Division II Sub-State 13 playoffs by a score of 4-3 over Gopher Post Minneapolis on July 23, thanks to a walkoff single by Ian Carlin in the ninth inning.
The 20th annual Big Tooth Sweet Tooth race is set to take place on Saturday, July 27, at Woodland Trails Park in Elk River.
The Post 112 Elk River Legion baseball team made the top 10 in the Legion baseball rankings for the first time this year, coming in at No. 9 in the league’s most recent rankings on July 2.
If they hadn’t already, Elk River/Zimmerman proved they are a force to be reckoned with in Section 8.
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…
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.
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…
The Elk River boys golf team placed ninth at the annual Preview Invitational on April 26-27, which consists of 16 of the top teams in the state. It wasn’t the Elks’ best day, but they battled difficult weather conditions to finish with a respectable two-day total of 631 strokes, which was wi…
The Spectrum baseball team improved to 2-0 on the season, defeating defending Class A champion Heritage Christian Academy 4-3 in extra innings.
Zimmerman’s Cade Bondhus and Cheresa Bouley broke the school in the pole vault and 1600 meter run in their first meet of the season and have now bested those marks once again.
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.
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…
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.