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On his website, Kelly Burnham's voice is described as "Powerful, bass, unique, distinguished and dominant." Beginning Aug. 28, that booming voice will thunder through the public address system at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis when the Minnesota Vikings play the San Diego Chargers in the first NFL game in the $1 billion facility.
Throughout his high school and college career, Josh Archibald has always been an ace. He amassed 157 points in a three-year career with the Brainerd Warriors and was Mr. Hockey finalist. He accumulated 94 points in three seasons at the University of Nebraska-Omaha where he set school and career marks for goals scored in a season. At UNO, he was a Hobey Baker Finalist, was voted the National Collegiate Hockey Conference's Player and Forward of the Year and was an NCAA First-Team All-American.
Nikki Anderson Team: Minnesota Gophers Height: 5-10 Position: Left-handed pitcher Number: 18 High School: Brainerd (2012 graduate) In May, flame-throwing left-hander Nikki Anderson completed a stellar career with the University of Minnesota softball team. The Brainerd High School graduate compiled a career 3.38 ERA and 25-11 record in 91 games (27 starts) with six saves for the Gophers. In 260.2 innings, she allowed 305 hits and 126 earned runs with 59 walks and 211 strikeouts. Opponents batted a modest .283 against her.
Joe Haeg Team: Indianapolis Colts Position: Offensive line NFL experience: Rookie Number: 73 Height: 6-6 Weight: 304 Age: 23 College: North Dakota State (2016) High school: Brainerd (2011) Hometown: Lake Shore Joe Haeg no longer cruises around in a 2004 Chevy Malibu Classic with 240,000 miles on the odometer.
Central Lakes College will have a familiar face and a new face in its dugouts next spring. Raiders athletic director Jim Russell announced June 3 the hirings of Ray Austin as head softball coach and Brian Voigt as head baseball coach. "We're excited for both of them," Russell said. "Both have a passion for what they do."
Pierz 13, Paynesville 0 The key: The Pioneers cracked 15 hits and Matt Tautges and David Skiba combined to pitch a 3-hit shutout. Overall: Prz 22-4, Pay 16-9 Next: No. 3 Pierz vs. No. 2 Minnehaha Academy in Class 2A state semifinals at St. Cloud 2:30 p.m. Friday; Pierz/Minnehaha loser vs. No. 1 Belle Plaine/No. 4 Maple Lake loser in third-place game at Dick Putz Field 5 p.m. Friday. ST. CLOUD—They say it's difficult to beat a team three times in the same season.
State tournament Who: No. 3 seed Pierz vs. Paynesville What: Class 2A state quarterfinals Where: Dick Putz Field, St. Cloud When: 5:30 p.m. Thursday. During the regular season, the Pierz Pioneers dismantled the Paynesville Bulldogs 10-1 and 14-5 in Central Minnesota Conference games. But Pierz head coach Danny Saehr those wins mean little or nothing this week as the Pioneers prepare to open the state tournament Thursday against Paynesville in the quarterfinals at St. Cloud.
State tournament Who: No. 4-seeded Little Falls Flyers vs. No. 5 Rocori Spartans What: Class 3A state quarterfinals Where: Dick Siebert Field, University of Minnesota When: 12:30 p.m. Thursday Even though the Rocori Spartans are 21-3, winners of 14 straight games and are ranked fourth in Class 3A, they received the No. 5 seed in the Class 3A state tournament.
State meet Highlights: Brainerd's Emma Smith 15th in girls triple jump, Tyler Moore of Little Falls 16th in boys 1600 run, Brainerd's Greg Rider tied for 17th in boys discus ST. PAUL—Two Brainerd Warriors competing in their first Class 2A state meet fared about as well as they could in oppressive humidity and 90-degree heat Saturday at Hamline University. Smith, an eighth-grader and the youngest girl in the triple jump field, placed 15th at 35 feet, 3 inches, hitting that on her final jump in prelims. She finished where she was seeded.
State meet Highlights: Staples-Motley's Millie Klefsaas won two championships and set meet record; Pequot Lakes' 4x800 relay and the Patriots' Chloe Bermel won state titles; and Bermel set a state record ST. PAUL—After finishing sixth in the state pole vault as an eighth-grader and 11th as a freshman, Staples-Motley's Millie Klefsaas was tremendously disappointed when she didn't qualify for state in 2015.