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WARRIORS ATHLETE OF WEEK: Patience rewards Brainerd running back


Nick Welch bided his time and capitalized on his opportunity.

As a junior he carried the ball just 19 times and gained 91 yards for the Brainerd Warriors, playing behind 1,000-yard rusher Jordan Hayes and 800-yard rusher Matt Pohlkamp. Hayes and Pohlkamp combined to score 27 touchdowns.

When Hayes graduated, and Pohlkamp didn’t play football this fall, it gave Welch an opportunity to become Brainerd’s feature back.

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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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