The unbeaten Brainerd Warriors raised their record to 16-0 as they defeated the Moorhead Spuds 7-0 and Thief River Falls Prowlers 6-1 in their triangular Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Brainerd High School courts. In singles, Britney Fletcher improved to 16-6 at No. 1, Kate Kurtzman 21-1 at No. 2, Audrey Collins 14-2 at No. 3 and Kate Chaussee 14-3 at No. 4.
WADENA -- The Pequot Lakes Patriots captured six titles and the team championship in the Mid-State Conference Tournament at Staples and Wadena Saturday, Sept. 15. Morgan Mudgett of Pequot Lakes finished first at No. 2 singles, Courtney Boller won at No. 3 singles and Madeline Pluimer at No. 4 singles. Erin Bengtson-Madeline Sherman were champs at No. 2 doubles and Morgan Lueck-Afton Crocker were first at No. 3 doubles.
WEST FARGO -- Little Falls 400 freestyle relay of Ella Rausch, Caitlin Gustafson, Hannah Jones and Rachel Josephson finished eighth and the Flyers finished 12th at the West Fargo Invitational Saturday, Sept. 15. Josephson placed 14th in the 100 freestyle as did Hannah Jones in the 100 breaststroke.
CROSBY -- Bailey Wynn pounded 33 kills and Riley Hirschey put up 75 set assists as the Pine River-Backus Tigers brought home the championship at the 33rd annual Barb Neprud Tournament Saturday, Sept. 15. The Verndale Pirates finished fourth with Morgan Glenz accumulating 62 digs and 48 kills. The Little Falls Flyers were consolation champions with Kerstin Knopik recording 36 kills and 12 blocks while Allie Steinmetz collected 40 digs.
Mason Malone had a goal and assist as the Brainerd Warriors lost 4-3 in overtime to the St. Michael-Albertville Knights in a game between Section 8-2A schools Saturday, Sept. 15. Jude Riley scored with four minutes left in overtime to five the Knights the victory. Noah Ebinger provided the first Warrior goal, assisted by Malone. Brainerd’s second score was an own goal. Noah Sundberg made eight saves for the Warriors.
STAPLES -- Cade Schmidt rushed for 164 yards and three touchdowns in the Staples-Motley Cardinals’ 34-28 loss to the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder in a Midwest Blue Subdistrict game Friday, Sept. 14. Schmidt scored on runs of 14, 41 and 23 yards and ran for two 2-point conversions. He finished with 25 carries. On defense, Schmidt had five solo tackles, 11 assists and one tackle for loss.
FRANCIS -- Jonas Boelter and Isaac Grab scored for the Lake Region Christian School Hornets in a 6-2 loss to St. Francis at the St. Francis Tournament Saturday, Sept. 15. Boelter tallied in the first half and Grab in the second. Eli Richter made five saves for the Hornets who play at Prior Lake at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept 18.
BEMIDJI—Eliana Jackson tallied 10 saves for the Little Falls Flyers who fell 9-0 to the Bemidji Lumberjacks in a non-conference game Saturday, Sept 15. The Flyers fell to 3-5 this season. They take on Becker at home at 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17.
Hurricane Florence is assaulting the Carolinas, but help is coming from places near and far, including Aitkin County. Learn more about the man from the American Red Cross who made the trip to help in Frank Lee's story on Tuesday.
AITKIN—The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and Aitkin County Soil and Water Conservation District want to share results of the recent sampling of area waters and gather input from the public at an open house. The open house will be 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at the Aitkin Public Library, 110 First Ave. NE, Aitkin. The study area included the Mississippi River Brainerd Unit Watershed. This includes all areas that drain into the Mississippi River from Palisade to Little Falls. This includes much of Aitkin County.