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Sabre Swimming takes on State


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The Sabre swim team rocked the state swimming tournament this weekend at the University of Minnesota. 

The season has definitely been one to remember as the team went undefeated for the whole season.  In the tournaments, they went undefeated in one and in the Maroon and Gold tournament they took home first place out of 12 teams. They also took third in the true team state which is one of the biggest meets in for Minnesota beside the state meet. 

 During sections, they beat Alexandria which was one of the more difficult teams for them to beat.  Earlier in the season, they tied them 87-87. 

When asked about sections Junior Jack Thomas said, “This year has been one of the best we’ve ever had and sections were one of the best meets we’ve had as a team.  Now we just have to look forward to the state meet.” 

At state, the swim team took third in the state with Breck and St. Thomas taking the first and second place. The state swimmers this year consisted of Jack Thomas, Carter Larson, Brannon Bjork, Cooper Larson, Garret Maras, Beau Garman, George Larson, and David Binsfield.

This season has been one that is going to be remembered. We were undefeated, we took third in the state, as well as the chemistry that’s on the team and the brotherhood that has been made.”

— Junior, Garrett Maras

According to all of the boys, they all said that “Everyone got along with each other, and we were able to do what we set out to do and what we wanted to accomplish.”

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Callan Markey is a senior at Sartell High School, and he plays soccer for the school and for a travel summer team. He plans to attend college at Central...

Sabre wrestling falls short to St. Cloud Tech in Sections


Maiah Cameron

The Sabre wrestling team has worked hard all season.

The Sartell Sabres Wrestling Team looked to move forward with their season Friday, Feb. 14th as they battled against the St. Cloud Tech Tigers.

The Sartell Sabres earned the 5th seed in sections due to their section and regular season record. They traveled to St. Cloud Tech, the 4th team in the section, as they wrestled to see who is going home and who got another chance to travel to the Minnesota state wrestling meet.

The Sabres came into the meet with a 11-7 regular season record. In their meeting this season, Sartell trumped the Tigers 39-36. The Sabres were led by senior Sam Fernholz.  He is 35-5 this season and has a total has 120 wins throughout his high school career.

The Sabres are a very young team. They have many juniors and sophomores wrestling for their varsity team. There is a lot to look forward to for the Sartell Sabres in the near future. The Sabres won a lot of close meets this season and also lost a lot of close meets. They were a very well balanced team but are also missing some pieces.

Their season was very fun and filled with lots of growth and success just fell short of the ultimate goal of a State Tournament Bid. The Sabres lost to St Cloud Tech.  Individual sections were Saturday, February 22nd. 


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Sabres pick up two wins to end regular season


The Sartell Sabres battled the St. Cloud Tech Tigers on Monday, February 24 at 7 pm. The Sabres came into the game with a record of 14-9 sitting at 4th in the section while the Tech Tigers came in with a 3-20 record sitting at 8th in the section.  The game was held at Sartell High School.

The Sabres played a great offensive game led by great ball movement and great teamwork; the Sabres had four players in double-figure points.  The Sabres were led in scoring by Gus Gunderson with 22 points, Mason Lund with 16 points, Matt Sieben with 12 points, and Jacob Bejelland with 12 points. 

Sartell played a very two-sided game Friday night against the Rocori Spartans on February 28th. The Sabres had a different feel for the game because it was also senior night. The Sabres congratulated the seniors for all of their hard work and leadership through their high school basketball careers.

As far as the game went, the team came out flat and found themselves down 1-11 to start the game. After that, they kind of found their rhythm but that didn’t stop the Spartans from hitting big shots. The Sabres were down by 13 at the half.  They found themselves down by 17 at one point in the second half, and then they chipped back and kept fighting and finally came out on top of a gritty Rocori Spartans basketball team. The Sabres were lead by Gus Gunderson who scored 22 points. The final score was 59-52, Sartell won.

The Sabres will host the Sauk Rapids Storm Tuesday for a chance to keep fighting or a chance to be sent home. The game starts at 8 pm at Sartell High School. 


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Dominic Hagy is a senior at Sartell High School. He plays basketball and football for the Sartell Sabres. His favorite Netflix series is Daybreak because...

Triumphant boys’ swim & dive team rolls into Sections


Jack Thomas

The boys' swimming team celebrates their victory and like being a cohesive team.

The powerhouse Sabre Boys’ Swim & Dive team ended the 2019-20 regular season with zero losses.

Their record for the season is 7-0-1. They have not lost a single dual meet. It was also notable that the team took first at the True Team Section meet. 

When asked how the team’s morale is going into Conference and Sections, junior Jack Thomas stated, “It couldn’t be better. We are very excited!” 

One of the things the swimmers love is hearing their fans cheer them on.  Unfortunately, not too many student spectators visit during meets, but the swimmers sure would love it if more would. 

Senior captain Cooper Larson shared, “I think we should be getting more student fans at our meets because other sports with less wins do.”

The team has been swimming hard after school and even before school some days. At practice, the boys focus on their main strokes, but have to practice it all. 

Cooper expressed pride for his team this season. “It’s one of the best seasons the team has had in awhile. We have all been working hard.” 

The team has bonded and made some good memories this season. There have been many highlights in and out of the pool. 

Jack stated, “My favorite memory from this season is getting third at True Team State.” 

The team competed at True Team State at the University of Minnesota on January 25th. 

Cooper shared that his favorite memory was “last year at state when we took second.” The boys hope the team can be as successful as last year, if not more successful. 

In any individual event or relay, the top three finishers at the Section meet in Morris will  qualify for state. The state meet will take place at the University of Minnesota. Cooper and Jack both agree that Sartell has a good shot at making an appearance at state this year. 

Go show support for the Sartell boys swim team at their Section meet on Friday, February 23rd at Discovery Middle School in Alexandria!


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Lauren Wensel, Journalist

Lauren Wensel is a junior at Sartell High School. Her favorite subject is English, and she enjoys reading and playing sports in her free time. Her current...

Sabre Wrestling takes second place at Paynesville


Sam Fernholz

Sartell Varsity wrestling team for the year 2019-2020 school year

Varsity wrestling takes 2nd place at Paynesville area H.S in an invitational.  Sartell had a total point of 189. Sartell had 17 placers and 7 wrestlers made it to the championship match. 8th grader, Ayden Frauenholtz finished in second place. Sophomore Spencer Johnson took second as well falling to the first ranked wrestler in class A. Dutch Nordby won his first varsity tournament with two tech falls and a pin in the finals.  Junior, Aidan Toivola recorded his first varsity win along with sophomore, Will Budge.

I think personally I’m doing pretty well this year. ”

— Larkin Lang

Team Scores

1: Belgrade- Brooten-Elrosa- 220.5

2: Sartell-Saint Stephen- 189.5

3: Paynesville Area- 138

4: Holdingford- 131

5: Milaca-Faith Christian- 126

6: Eden Valley-Watkins- 114

I believe the team is like a family this year.”

— Dylan Enriquez

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Sartell Hockey breaks even over break vs University School of Milwaukee


Omar Qureshi

The Sartell boys' hockey team stands at attention during the National Anthem.

The Sabres played the University School of Milwaukee in a winter break tournament.

Piper Lang
Ryan Zulkosky is a senior at Sartell High School for the 2019-2020 school year

First Period 

The first period involved lots of back and forth play. Only one goal was scored by the University School of Milwaukee. Reid Woods scored at 1:36 with even strength.

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Michael Webster is a junior at Sartell High School for the 2019-2020 school year

Second Period

The second period involved more goals scored. Right off the bat at 0:19 University School of Milwaukee player, Blake Carey scored at even strength. Kyler Ringgold assisted Carey in the fast scoring goal. Then again University School of Milwaukee player, Noah Eghbali, scored with an assist from players, Peter Ells and Alvin Pokel.

At 3:49 Ethan Thombs from University School of Milwaukee received a checking from behind penalty resulting in a 5:00 major and 10:00 misconduct. Then at 7:50 Ryan Zulkosky scored a power-play goal with an assist from Hayden Walters and Micheal Webster. Again at 11:57 Zulkosky scores again with assists from Josh Kern and Micheal Webster. To wrap up the period, two penalties were given. Kyler Ringgold from the University School of Milwaukee receives interference at 14:51. About a minute later Sartell player, Hayden Walters gets high sticking at 16:07.

Third Period 

The third period was calm. Sartell player, Josh Kern scores at even strength with an assist from Tory Lund at 8:43. Right, in the end, the last penalty was given to the University School of Milwaukee player, Alex Thundercloud for interference resulting in a minor penalty.

The Sabres next game will be Saturday, January 4th against St. Cloud at 2:30.

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SHS holds the 5th Tommy B. – Hoopin’ in Heaven event


Stacey Lantis

Sartell High School basketball fans show off signs in support of the foundation

Just a short five years ago, local Sartell alum Tom Bearson, was killed in Fargo, MN.  To honor his memory, the Tom Bearson Foundation holds a basketball event at Sartell High School every year.  This year it was held on December 20th; many current students attended as it was the first night of winter break and many alumni were able to be there since colleges were also out on break.

The game this year was against Willmar.  It was a boys’ and girls’ double header. The girls’ game was hard fought by the Sabres, but they fell short with the final score at 52-34. Gretta Mahowald led all scorers for the team with 10 points. In the boys’ game, they jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. The final score was 75-47. Dominic Hagy led the team with an astounding 32 points.

The Minnesota Timberwolves NBA High Flying Dunk Team provided entertainment in between the two games.  The Timberwolves mascot Crunch was also on hand to dunk and get the crowd pumped up. The Timberwolves provided autographs and free photo opportunities after the show.

Social studies teacher and SAYBA board member, Ms. Traver, had some great things to share about the evening’s events.

It’s a great way to showcase our supportive community through a game that was loved by Tom and still inspires us today!”

— Mrs. Traver


The Tom Bearson Foundation sold apparel, raffle tickets, and handed out fun, free items.  Tom Bearson’s parents were at the event.  They thanked the crowd for their support and attendance, and also thanked the Willmar Cardinals for participating for the second time in this yearly event.

SAYBA (Sartell Area Youth Basketball Association) entertained the crowd with a scrimmage at half-time during the boys’ game.

While normally Sabre crowds are a sea of blue and white, on this particular evening lime green was the overall color scheme.  Both Wilmar and Sartell coaches, players, and spectators wore their lime green shirts to support the Foundation.

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This is a screen shot from the Tom Bearson Foundation website.


The Tom Bearson Foundation has done so much to help the local Sartell community.  First and foremost, a lot of the money they raise goes to scholarships.  They have two: the Spirit Award and the Scholarship Program.  The Spirit Award recognizes achievements, perseverance, and positive spirit put forth by student athletes from the local 5-school area.  The Scholarship Program scholarships recognize athletes who exemplify dedication and effort.

The Foundation also supports local Sartell basketball programs because one of Tommy’s passions was basketball.  From the Sartell High School’s boys’ & girls’ basketball teams to the Sartell Area Youth Basketball Association to the St. Francis Gymnasium project, the Foundation has provided for them over $100,000.


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Matthew Sieben, Journalist

Matthew Sieben is a senior at Sartell High School. After high school he plans to go to college to become a teacher. His celebrity crush is and always will...

Sabre swim takes a splash at tech

The Sartell Sabres competed in the Tech Tigers pools for the first time since the new school has been built

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The Sartell Sabres competed in the Tech Tigers pools for the first time since the new school has been built

The Sartell Swim team did not have to travel far on Tuesday night. The Sabres competed against the Tech Tigers. Sartell took home a total of 114 points and Tech went away with 68.

There was 7 pool records set by the Sabres Tuesday night.

Brannon Bjork- 100 backstroke, 200 medley relay, and 400 free relay

Carter Larson- 200 Free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay

David Zhang- 100 Breaststroke, 200 Free relay, 200 medley Relay

Garrett Maras- 400 Free Relay

The Sabres will compete Thursday, December 19th against Monticello at home.


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Emma Gent, Journalist

Emma Gent is a senior at Sartell high school and is 17 years old. Her plans after high school are to attend Moorhead State University to major in photography...

Sartell gymnastics team kicks off 2019-2020 season



The Sartell Gymnastics team starts their 2019-2020 gymnastics season.

The Sartell gymnastics team began their 2019-2020 season on Monday, November 11th. This year there is a total of 18 girls on the team, including one senior, eight juniors, seven sophomores and two freshmen. The captains this year are senior, Brenna Chisholm, and juniors, Emma Schwartz and Marley Michaud. 

The Sartell gymnastics team is welcoming a new head coach this year, named Briquelle Joseph . The team describes Briquelle as encouraging, determined, and very dedicated. The team says they are lucky to have such an amazing and positive coach like her. 

The Sartell gymnastics team has also just switched this year from Class A to Class AA, leaving the team with a total of 13 meets for this season (not including the state meet). 

I got the chance to interview some members of the team about this year’s season, and here are their answers. 

Q: What are you most excited for this season?

A: I’m excited for our team to come together and have fun every day – Emma Schwartz

A: I’m excited to bond more with the team and really get to know the freshman- Carly Yang


Q: What is the team’s overall goal for this year?

A: We want to work hard and wherever that takes us we will be happy – Emma Schwartz

A: The big goal for our team is to go to state and just do the best we can at every meet – Carly Yang


Q: What is your personal goal for this year?

A: I want to be a leader for everyone on the team – Emma Schwartz

A: I would like to upgrade my skills, and be a good role model for everyone on the team – Carly Yang


Q: How do you feel about being a captain this year?

A: I am glad that I am a captain, but I would be a leader no matter who the captains are – Emma Schwartz



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5th annual “Hoopin” in Heaven basketball game


Greg Kramer

Sabres get prepared for the game when they receive a surprise visit!

The 5th annual Hoopin in Heaven Tommy B night at SHS is set to take place on Friday, December 20th this year. The girls’ basketball team will play at 5:30 and the boys’ at 7:30. Both teams will face off with Willmar in a game that is bigger than basketball.

Everyone in attendance is encouraged to wear either the Hoopin in Heaven Tommy B shirt or other TB Foundation apparel. Apparel will be for sale at the game and includes t-shirts, hats, pullovers, and more.

Also this year the Timberwolves Dunk Team will be in attendance to perform between the girls’ and boys’ game. Crunch, the Timberwolves mascot, will also be there taking pictures and handing out shirts. Sartell youth basketball teams will be playing at halftime of games along with a raffle for four free basketballs and many other items.

The Tom Bearson Foundation has provided funding for student scholarships and youth basketball programs. One of their goals is to increase interest and participation for basketball players of all ages and help create more opportunities to play the game.

The quote below can be found on the Tom Bearson Foundation web page

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.”

— William James, American Philosopher


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Matthew Sieben is a senior at Sartell High School. After high school he plans to go to college to become a teacher. His celebrity crush is and always will...

Danceteam jumps into a winning weekend


Sartell Dance Team

The Sartell Dance Team has won the championship for class 2A for the last three years

The Sartell Sabre Dance Team traveled to Richfield, Minnesota to compete at Academy of Holy Angels. The Sabres took first place in both jazz and kick. Also, the JV team placed first in both as well. The varsity team had a rank point of three with all judges having them in first for each category. 

I think we did the best we could, but we are always looking to improve.”

— Alivia Jacobs

The Sabre jazz team dances to a song called ” Landslide.” They got an average score of 82.2 (411/500). During the jazz dance the music cut, yet the sabers kept dancing but ended up getting another try. The team also has a Vintage Vegas-themed kick. They got an average score of 84.4 (422/500).

The team is growing closer throughout the season.”

— Sophie Eckhoff

The JV team won first place in both with songs called “Waving Flag” and “Hollow Ground.”

Click here for more updates on Minnesota high school dance teams.

The video below is last years end of the year video for the Sabre Dance Team. Other videos from years before are also on youtube. Check them out!

Emma Gent


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Boys Basketball Celebrates Victory at Home Opener


Ava Williams

Varsity Boys Basketball for the 2019-2020 season hype video.

On Tuesday, December 5th boys’ basketball started off the season with a win over Detroit Lakes. Sabres launched slowly with the score being 16-9 to the Lakers, at the beginning of the game. Shortly after, they got a 21-3 run, ending the first half 30-19. They kept the momentum going into the second half.

Good team win excited to get back at it tonight”

— Matt Sieben

Junior, Gus Gunderson led the team with 17 points.  Junior, Evan Templin had 14 points; senior, Jacob Bjelland, 10 points; and junior, Blake Hartwig scored 8 points.

The Sartell Sabres had a great defense with many steals and huge rebounds that led to transition buckets. The final score was 66-49.

Junior, Ava Williams is killing it with her videos.  We attached it below, so check it out!

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