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Jenna Degen Sport: Track & field Events: Triple jump, high jump, 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 5-7 Career highlight: Qualifying for state in triple jump in 2013 Other sports: Volleyball, basketball Grade-point average: 3.7 Favorite class: Biology Favorite food: Ice cream Favorite movie: "Notebook" Favorite TV show: "Bachelor" Favorite website: "Instagram" Hobbies: Boating, running, editing Brainonian Future plans: Attend College of St. Benedict in St.
Warriors 10, Bemidji 0 The key: Madi Hill pitched a 1-hitter and Hannah Munsch and Kylie Lange hit home runs Overall: Brd 14-6 Next: Brainerd at No. 2 Alexandria in Section 8-3A tournament Monday time TBA Hannah Munsch's bat packed a punch. The Brainerd left fielder was ripping the ball in Wednesday's 10-0, 5-inning victory over the 11th-seeded Bemidji Lumberjacks in the Section 8-3A tournament at Adamson Field. She crunched a solo home run to left to lead off the fourth and drilled a run-scoring double in the fifth that bounced twice on its way to the fence. "It was a perfect pitch.
Few teams can stay with Central Lakes Conference and Section 8-2A powerhouse St. Cloud Tech so the Brainerd Warriors shouldn't take Friday's 7-0 loss to the Tigers personally. Tech won all but five games in singles but the Warriors put up a fight in doubles. Garrett Goeden-Happy Rivard won their first set 6-1 at No. 3 doubles before Tech's Scott Kippley-Luke Heller rallied to prevail 6-2, 6-3. The Warriors' Travis Goeden-Cole Kalenberg won nine games at No. 2 doubles and the No. 1 tandem of Jordan Kleist-Joe Anderholm won three. The Tigers finished 11-0 in the CLC, 15-4 overall.
Sophie Balster Sport: Track and field Events: Shot put, discus Year: Junior Age: 17 Height: 6-1 Career highlight: Competing in 2014 state meet in discus Grade-point average: 3.2 Favorite class: Sign Language Favorite food: Tacos Favorite TV show: "Grey's Anatomy" Favorite website: "YouTube" Future plans: Attend college, possibly pursue career in medical field Former teammate she admires: McKenzie Peterson Parents: Dean and Barb Balster Sophie Balster credits former Brainerd junior high throwing coach Tay Stevenson with convincing her to try flinging the discus and putting the
Warriors sweep Storm The key: Brainerd amassed 21 hits in the doubleheader Conference: Brd 8-2, SR 4-7 Overall: Brd 9-5, SR 7-9 Next: Brainerd at Sartell 7 p.m. Thursday. Hayden Bukowski entered Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference doubleheader against the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm batting .229. He left Adamson Field having raised his average to .302 after going 5-for-8 in the twinbill and helping Brainerd nip the Storm 4-3 in eight innings in the opener. "Hayden had a great day," Warriors coach Lowell Scearcy said. "It's good to see him get rolling.
Warriors sweep Otters The key: Brainerd smashed 21 hits in two games Conference: Brd 7-3, FF 4-5 Overall: Brd 11-5, FF 4-11 Next: Brainerd at Sauk Rapids 4 p.m. Tuesday (2). Madi Hill continued her streak of banner pitching performances in Friday's Central Lakes Conference doubleheader Friday at Adamson Field. The senior right-hander surrendered just three hits in the two games and the Brainerd Warriors swept the Fergus Falls Otters 10-0 and 15-0. Hill walked just three batters all day and did not permit an Otter runner to advance beyond second base.
Madi Hill had to wait until her senior year for an opportunity to pitch for the Brainerd Warriors fast-pitch softball team. The last several years the Warriors' pitching staff has been headed by the likes of Nikki Anderson, now a standout for the University of Minnesota. Maddie Franz and Kelsey Boyd graduated last year, giving Hill a chance to crack the varsity staff.
Warriors 5, Grand Rapids 1 The key: Chris Pederson pitched a 3-hitter Overall: Brd 6-5, GR 5-6 Next: Brainerd at St. Cloud Tech 7 p.m.
In Dan Anderson's 22 seasons as head coach of the Brainerd High School girls swimming and diving team, the only Warrior he can recall who went on to swim for a Division I program was exchange student Kirsten Geppert at Southern Illinois. In the last few years, Warrior divers Katy and Beth Etterman have gone on to compete at the University of Minnesota.
Better late than never. Due to a bus scheduling issue, the Moorhead Spuds left home about an hour late. Then the bus brakes malfunctioned and had to be repaired. Moorhead finally got on the road and arrived in Brainerd about 5 p.m., the scheduled game start time. The approximate 30-minute delay for the first pitch apparently was worth the wait as the Spuds registered a 7-4 Section 8-3A victory over the Brainerd Warriors Thursday at Adamson Field.