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When Sean McCarthy was growing up in Brainerd, he concedes he wasn't a star athlete but aspired someday to be involved in college athletics. The 26-year-old appears to be assembling a resume that puts him on a path to attain his career goal of becoming a college athletics director. During his high school and college days, McCarthy worked in the golf business at Madden's on Gull Lake and later interned with the former Minnesota Swarm pro lacrosse team, the Minnesota Vikings and the Metro Baseball League. He also worked for 2nd Swing, which sells new and used golf equipment and apparel.
During the 2016-17 school year, the Pierz Pioneers lost in the semifinals of the Class 3A state football tournament and were runners-up in the 1A state wrestling tournament and in the 2A state baseball tournament. Pierz caps an extraordinary yearlong run of success this weekend when it plays in the Division II American Legion Baseball State Tournament at Spicer and Paynesville. Many football and baseball players and wrestlers from those Pioneer teams play for the Pierz Legion whose coach Dylan Pittman says he's been blessed to work with this group. Pittman, who will begin his eighth year of teaching at Pierz this fall, has coached this group in football and baseball since they were in seventh grade.
For four years, Michael Russell dazzled Brainerd Warrior fans and opponents with his scoring, crisp passing and ankle-breaking ballhandling. Russell will take those abilities to the next level for another four years as he signed last week to play at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kan. During spring break in March, Russell and his family went on a southern road trip, visiting a few schools, before he decided Tabor was for him. Among the schools he visited were Kansas Wesleyan, Quincy University in Illinois and St. Louis University in Missouri.
Spartan Challenge What: A weightlifting and speed agility competition Where: Rocori High School, Cold Spring Who: Boys and girls entering grades 10-12 When: 9 a.m. July 27 Cost: $35 Website: www.rocori.k12.mn.us/spartan-strength-training Twitter: @Sprtanchallenge Facebook: @Spartan Challenge Instagram: Spartan_challenge_rocori Email: email@example.com Going through the weight training program as an athlete in the Brainerd School District made an impact on Jake Zauhar.
Joe Haeg Position: Tackle Team: Indianapolis Colts Number: 73 Height: 6-6 Weight: 305 Age: 24 College: North Dakota State University High school: Brainerd Hometown: Lake Shore Joe Haeg hasn't forgotten where he comes from. The Brainerd High School graduate and Indianapolis Colts starting offensive lineman is giving back to his community this week as he participates in two events in the lakes area.
"Life Without a Limb is Limitless." That's the mantra of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team (WWAST) which will play an exhibition game July 7 at Mills Field in Brainerd and compete in the "This One's For Hop" tournament July 8-9 at Memorial Park. WWAST is a charity whose mission is to inspire and educate others while enhancing the health and welfare of its Wounded Warrior amputees. The team consists of competitive, athletic veterans who have lost limbs while serving their country. Players are from all branches of the military and have a variety of amputations. WWAST athletes are amputees who push the limits of modern prosthetics.
July 7 Who: Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team vs. Brainerd All-Stars What: Exhibition softball game Where: Mills Baseball Field, 1700 Mill Ave., Brainerd When: Gates open 6 p.m., game time 7:30 p.m. Admission: Free—donations accepted July 8-9 What: This One's for Hop Softball Tournament Where: Memorial Park, 1700 Mill Ave., Brainerd Website: An" target="_blank">www.4hop.org
It will be a rematch of last year's state semifinals when the Pierz Pioneers take on the Minnehaha Academy Redhawks for the Class 2A championship at 1 p.m. Monday at Target Field in Minneapolis. The Redhawks won that game 4-2 overcoming numerous weather delays at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. Minnehaha scored four runs in the third inning made them stand up for the victory.
CHASKA—Pillager's Joe Anderson went 2-for-3 as the Huskies were nipped 4-3 in eight innings by fifth-seeded Fosston in the consolation semifinals of the Class 1A state tournament Friday at Chaska Athletic Park. Fosston won with two out in the bottom of the eighth. With the score tied 3-3, a throwing error put a Greyhound runner at third. Jess Sather, the Greyhounds' No. 3 hitter, singled up the middle, giving Fosston the victory. Three Fosston runs were unearned as a result of six Pillager errors.
Josh Archibald Team: Pittsburgh Penguins Number: 45 Position: Right wing Height: 5-foot-10 Weight: 176 pounds Age: 24 (Oct. 6, 1992) Draft: 2011 Pittsburgh, sixth round, 23rd pick (174th overall) High school: Brainerd (2011 graduate) College: Nebraska-Omaha According to www.pensburgh.com , 24 Pittsburgh players are scheduled to have their names engraved on the Stanley Cup after the Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators four games to two in the Final series last weekend.