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Following the graduation of several individual standouts in 2014, this year's Brainerd Warrior boys track and field team strives to create its own identity. Graduates Cole Smith, Nick Schwen, Carey Rezac, Ryan Votruba, Isaiah Smith, Logan Davis and Grant Reuer competed in five state events last year, finishing in the top 12 in Class 2A in each event. They helped Brainerd win Central Lakes Conference and Section 8-3A True Team titles, compete in the True Team state meet and capture second place in Section 8-2A. This year's Warrior contingent opens Saturday, March 28, in the CLC indoor meet at St. Cloud State University. Nearly 70 individuals compose this year's squad.
A new track and field complex will be christened this spring by the Brainerd Warriors. An approximate $3.1 million improvement project at the lower site behind Brainerd High School was completed in August 2014. The renovated facility includes a new 9-lane polyurethane track surface and a separate area, north of and outside the track, where all field events will be conducted.
Zachary Denny Sport: Adapted floor hockey Position: Goalie Year: Sophomore Age: 16 Height: 5-2 Career highlight: Being selected to all-state tournament team Other sports: Baseball Favorite class: Decoy Design Favorite food: Pizza, tacos Favorite movie: "Avatar" Favorite TV show: "Cops" Favorite website: "Facebook" Hobbies: Fishing, hunting Future plans: Attend college, become welder Favorite athlete: T.J.
David Supinski Events: 50 free, 100 free, relays Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 6-foot-3 Career highlight: Breaking 400 and 200 free relay school records at 2014 state meet Other sports: Cross country running, track & field Grade-point average: 4.33 Favorite class: Open hour Favorite food: My mother's cooking Favorite movie: "Die Hard" Favorite TV show: "Friends" Hobbies: Being outdoors, running Future plans: Attend college, major in biology, pursue medical career Favorite athlete: Preston Owen Parents: Jeff and Anita Supinski Peder Smith Events: 200 free, 500 free relays Yea
Warriors 67, Rocori 42 The key: Eight Brainerd seniors combined to score 42 points Conference: Brd 11-5, Roc 3-13 Overall: Brd 14-11, Roc 3-23 Next: No. 7 Brainerd at No. 2 Elk River in Section 8-4A quarterfinals 7 p.m. Tuesday. Eight Brainerd Warrior seniors played their final game on their home court Friday night. Not only did Tedi Ramberg, Jenna Degen, Mikayla Boeder, Mikinze Boeder, Katy Johnson, Amy Southard, Ariana Huber and Abby Clanton depart on a winning note - a 67-42 victory over the Rocori Spartans.
State individual tournament Xcel Energy Center, St.
Losing two dual meets in the Class 1A state tournament at the Xcel Energy in St. Paul should make the Pierz Pioneers a better team next season. In Thursday's state quarterfinals, the 11th-ranked and unseeded Pioneers were defeated 32-23 by second-seeded and second-ranked Frazee. Pierz's season ended in the consolation semifinals as eighth-ranked West Central/Ashby/Evansville defeated the Pioneers 38-28. "We didn't think we matched up well with Frazee and we ended up wrestling well," Pierz coach Mark Jensen said.
Brock Saatzer Sport: Adapted floor hockey Position: Left wing Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 5-10 Career highlight: Scoring overtime goals to beat Anoka-Hennepin twice this season Favorite class: Psychology Favorite food: Pizza Favorite TV show: "Psych" Hobbies: Playing floor hockey Future plans: Attend Bemidji State University, major in business and marketing Favorite athlete: Zach Parise of Minnesota Wild Parents: Todd and Denise Saatzer Brock Saatzer has a knack for delivering when the game's on the line. In two overtime games against highly regarded Anoka-Hennepin, the Brain
Millie Klefsaas of the Brainerd Warriors didn't have the best all-around day of her gymnastics career but she performed well in two events in the Class 2A state individual meet Saturday night at the University of Minnesota Sports Pavilion. Klefsaas, who attends Staples-Motley High School, scored a 9.5375 on vault, which had she qualified individually for that event would have placed her 13th. "I over-rotated on my first (vault)," she said. "The second one I knew I could pull it out. I practiced it all week and I did it. I stuck it.
Every five and 10 years, what Sports Illustrated proclaimed the "greatest sports moment of the 20th century," becomes a story again. On Saturday, Feb. 21, in Lake Placid, N.Y., the 1980 USA men's Olympic hockey team will celebrate the 35th anniversary of its "Miracle on Ice" victory over the vaunted Soviet National Team during the Cold War and its subsequent march to the gold medal. All living Miracle on Ice players, including Dr. Bill Baker of Brainerd, are tentatively scheduled to be in Lake Placid for the first time since the 1980 Winter Games.