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Until 1:07 remained to be played, the outcome was never certain. That's when the third-seeded Brainerd Warriors finally got the No. 6 St. Cloud Apollo Eagles to go four and out. That enabled Brainerd to regain possession at its 34, kneel down twice and secure a hairy 48-35 win in the opening round of Section 8-5A playoffs Tuesday at Adamson Field. The Warriors led 40-14 and 48-22 at the end of three quarters. Apollo outscored the Warriors 13-0 in the fourth to throw the game into a tizzy.
Apollo at Warriors When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Adamson Field, Brainerd Last meeting: Brainerd won 28-21 Sept. 9 The series: Brainerd leads 38-7 Twitter: @bertsballpark Radio: KLIZ-AM (1380) Web stream: www.brainerdradio.net . When the Brainerd Warriors host St. Cloud Apollo in the opening round of the Section 8-5A playoffs Tuesday, they may not recognize the Eagles.
Meritt Miller Sport: Cross country running Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 5-foot-2 Career highlight: Finishing 13th in 2015 Section 8-2A meet & qualifying for state Other sports: Track & field Favorite class: AP Bio Favorite food: Spaghetti Favorite movie: "Stepbrothers" Favorite TV show: "Grey's Anatomy" Hobbies: Swimming Future plans: Attend Minnesota-Duluth, possibly pursue career in physical therapy Parents: Jon and Rita Miller
A steady diet of rushing by Charlie Geraets and their only defensive stands of the night sparked another stirring Brainerd Warrior comeback victory Wednesday. In the final game of the regular season, the Warriors rallied from an 11-point deficit in the final 10-plus minutes to defeat the Bemidji Lumberjacks 38-33 at Adamson Field. "You've seen a lot of Warrior comebacks," Brainerd coach Ron Stolski said. "You just saw another one.
Win or lose in Wednesday's regular-season finale against the Bemidji Lumberjacks, the Brainerd Warriors are likely to get a home game when the Section 8-5A playoffs begin Tuesday, Oct. 25. So the Warriors' immediate focus is to regroup against Bemidji and erase the memory of a 35-7 loss to Sartell last week. Brainerd surrendered 35 unanswered points and 387 total yards and lost two fumbles inside the Sabres' 25. "One game does not a season make," Warriors coach Ron Stolski said, "but we've played better this year than we did Friday. It's the same kids; the same kids we've been praising for their effort. That doesn't change.
Five Brainerd Warrior seniors dove into the Brainerd High School pool for their final home meet Tuesday against the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles. Julia Wallace, Maggie Matson, Emilia Manda, Kylie Lange, diver Anna Herath and manager Melanie Jacobson completed their regular-season careers with a resounding 120-62 victory. Julia Wallace won two events and Lange one as Brainerd finished the regular season 7-1 in the Central Lakes Conference, 8-2 overall.
DEVILS LAKE, N.D.—When the Central Lakes College Raiders defeated Dakota County Technical College in the Lake Region State College Tournament Saturday, Jane Peterson attained a milestone that no NJCAA Division III volleyball coach has never reached. The victory was career win No. 600 for CLC's head coach, making her the only active NJCAA Division III volleyball coach with 600 wins. In addition, Peterson is the winningest active coach in NJCAA Division III volleyball.
Sartell 35, Warriors 7 The key: The Sabres scored the game's first 35 points Subdistrict: Brd 4-2, S 4-2 Overall: Brd 4-3, S 4-3 Next: Bemidji at Brainerd 7 p.m. Wednesday. SARTELL—In the first 18 games in the series between Brainerd and Sartell, the Sabres were dominated by the Warriors, winning just three times.
Warriors at Sartell When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Sartell Last meeting: Sartell won 41-16 in opening round of 2015 Section 8-5A playoffs The series: Brainerd leads 15-4 Twitter: @bertsballpark Radio: KLIZ-AM (1380) Web stream: www.brainerdradio.net . In their first three games this season, the Sartell Sabres lost to Rogers, St. Cloud Tech and Moorhead, teams that are now a combined 13-5.
Whether it's a soccer ball at her feet, or a hockey puck on her stick, Ally Smith will find a way to bury it in the back of the net. The Brainerd Warrior senior forward has been one of the top scorers in both of those sports and this fall is no exception. Through 16 regular season soccer games, she leads the Warrior soccer team with 24 goals and has added six assists for 30 total points.