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A Leader on and Off the Court

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by Alicia Underlee Nelson photography by Kim J Photography Casey Volkmann is a triple threat. The 5-foot-8 senior is a three-sport athlete for the Wadena Deer-Creek Wolverines. She wears number 10 as a point guard on the basketball team, as a fast pitch softball pitcher and as an outside hitter for the school’s close-knit volleyball […]

Barnesville’s Boom Time

Heart of a Champion

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by Angela Garvin photography by Jeremy Petrick Photography Most athletes start their athletic careers at a young age, and Brenna Tinjum is no exception. She has always been around sports, including being the manager for a volleyball team coached by her aunt. Like many youngsters, she looked up to her coaches during those early years, […]

Set for Success

True Grit

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by Angela Garvin Photography by Justin Eiler When you look up the word “grit” in the dictionary, the definition perfectly describes Fergus Falls’ multi-sport standout Anna Norgard: Courage and resolve; strength of character; spirit. These are terms that tell the story of Norgard’s career as an Otter. Anna, a Fergus Falls native, began her athletic […]

Answering the Rebel Call

The Legacy Lives On

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by Patrice Peterson Photography by Justin Eiler High school senior Stevin Lipp moved to Breckenridge when he was in 5th grade. Living and growing up in a town where the Lipp family name is legendary, Stevin has carried on the family tradition in high school basketball and joined the record books along with his grandfather, […]

Fishin’ for More

Jumping In

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by Jackie Jenson Photos by Janssen Photography Shattering records as he goes, Eric VanErp is enjoying a solid senior year in all his sporting endeavors. A three-sport athlete, the Battle Lake High School football and basketball phenom is now setting his sights on track and field, working hard to make a return trip to the […]

Making the Right Choices

Never Give Up Hope

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by Merrie Sue Holtan Photos by Kim J Photography Hope. Fight. Supporting the fighters. Admiring the survivors. Honoring the taken. Never giving up hope. These could be words of encouragement, a motto written on an athlete’s wall, or words from a coach urging a team to persevere through challenges. At Frazee High School, these words […]

A Sense of Sisterhood

Small Town Boy, Big City Game

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by Norm Newell Photography Jeremy Petrick Photography If you compiled a list of today’s top multi-sport high-school athletes in Minnesota, Alexandria’s Jaran Roste undoubtedly ranks right up there with the best. In a state where the Twin Cities area often boasts the majority of high-profile prepsters, Roste has garnered attention both as a football and […]

Star Athlete Yes, but Also Much More

Siman Says

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by Merrie Sue Holtan Photography by Justin Eiler When Siman Sem says, “play ball,” the Fargo North Spartans get moving. And why wouldn’t they? The senior Spartan hoopster is a two-time captain and was an All-Eastern Dakota Conference and All-State pick last season. Fargo North head coach Ted Critchley says last season the 6-foot-4 Sem […]

Leading by Example

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by Joy Minion Photography by J Style Photography Leadership involves hard work, enthusiasm and good communication skills, and Oak Grove senior Emily Card has it all. “Leadership is something you never force on kids. It just comes easy for Emily,” says girls basketball coach Mike Forsberg. She’s learned “to manage the team on the floor […]

A Sense of Sisterhood