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Dave Aus takes over as head coach of a Brainerd Warriors program that has won five consecutive five Central Lakes Conference titles. Brainerd graduated 13 seniors from last year's squad that went 10-1-1 in conference play, 16-8-2 overall. But the former Blaine head coach sees no reason why the Warriors can't continue to play at a championship level.
Twelve seniors headline the roster as the Brainerd Warriors prepare to kick their 2014-15 season into high gear when they compete Saturday at the Maple Grove Invite. The senior delegation includes captains Mackenzie Davidge, Haley Norton, Marissa Knopf, Cierra Meyer Berg and Amy Shepard. "Senior leadership is going well," Warriors coach Cindy Clough said. "We are scrambling a bit as we are doing both routine styles at once as Central Lakes Conference meet rules have changed, so our energies are divided, which has made it challenging.
Warrior boys basketball Head coach: Scott Stanfield, fourth season 2013-14 record: 10-5 CLC, 14-12 overall Career record: 56-27 (.675) Returning starters: Logan Madsen (Point guard), Kobe Ahonen (Post) Captains: Jacob Russell, Logan Madsen, Kobe Ahonen Assistant coaches: Jeff Ramey, Brian Gustafson, Keith Peterson, Tim Peabody, Garth Askegaard Two starters return for the Brainerd boys basketball team this season, but that fact isn't what will determine whether the Warriors succeed this winter. In addition to senior point guard Logan Madsen and junior post Kobe Ahonen, coach Scott Sta
Patrick Schoonover and his family would want the games to resume. Following the tragic death of the 14-year-old Eastview Bantam hockey player late Friday afternoon at Essentia Health Sports Center, the Brainerd arena was shut down for about 48 hours. Activities began to resume Sunday night and varsity practices resumed Monday.
Fallon Ryan Sport: Swimming Events: 200 medley relay, 50 free, 100 free, 400 free relay Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 5-8 Career highlight: Setting 400 free relay school record in 2014 section meet Other sports: Softball Grade-point average: 4.0 Favorite TV show: "Parks & Rec" Hobbies: Swimming, being with friends, being outdoors Future plans: Attend college, swim, undecided on major Parents: Don and Marie Ryan In her first four years as a varsity swimmer for the Brainerd Warriors, Fallon Ryan established herself as one of the top distance swimmers in the Central Lakes Conference
MINNEAPOLIS - Brainerd freshman Cami Harmer finished a respectable 22nd in her first appearance in the Class 2A state diving prelims Wednesday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center. Harmer, who scored 148.85 points on her five dives , missed the cut to advance to the next round by two places. "She was less than two points out of 20th," Warriors diving coach Mary Streiff said. "I think it was a relatively good showing for her. It was her first time down here and sometimes you have to get the jitters out.
During her high school basketball career at Pequot Lakes, Cassie (Evenson) Carey developed a reputation as an aggressive, scrappy player, one who took the ball to the rim, dove for loose balls, blocked out on the boards and tried to cause turnovers. She strived to be the kind of player the opposition didn't want to face. Carey, who begins her first season as head coach of the Central Lakes College Raiders, hopes to instill some of those attributes in her first Raider team. This isn't the first rodeo for the 34-year-old Carey.
Maybe in Jim Russell's first year at Central Lakes College in 1997-98 did the Raiders' head coach have so few returning players. Sixteen years later, only sophomore Alex Koch returns from last year's Raider team that went 17-13 and finished fourth in the MCAC state/Region 13 tournament. "It's all fresh," Russell said. "We usually have between 5-6 guys back. Twelve of the 14 guys who played for us last year are enrolled somewhere else and are going to school. They either transferred or graduated. Four of the six freshmen last year graduated with their AA degree and are playing ball somewhere."
Steve Wroblewski College: Central Lakes Position: Wide receiver Height: 6-8 Weight: 230 Age: 21 Major: Business management Grade-point average: 3.0 High school: Eagle Crest in Aurora, Colo. Steve Wroblewski is an outdoorsman, particularly an avid hunter. As a resident of Colorado, the wide receiver for the Central Lakes College Raiders football team grew up hunting geese and ducks. "Colorado is a great bird area so I would do that every weekend," Wroblewski said.
Jim Ernster and Jason Johnson were Brainerd High School classmates and teammates in Brainerd Warrior football, hockey and baseball. They still talk on a regular basis. On Thursday, they will be adversaries behind their respective benches, Ernster as head coach of the Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors and Johnson as head coach of the North Wright County River Hawks, when their teams open the season at Albertville. "Coaching against a former teammate and friend always adds another fun element," Ernster said. "Jason is a very good coach, having spent time with the SCSU (St. Cloud State University) women's program, so we know they will be prepared.