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Warriors 2, Rogers 1 The key: Brainerd won on fielder's choice in bottom of the seventh Section: Brd 1-1, R 0-4 Overall: Brd 5-4, R 5-6 Next: Brainerd at Bemidji 4:30 p.m. Monday. It was a victory via a fielder's choice, but the Brainerd Warriors will take them anyway they can.
Kylie Lange remembers what it was like to be promoted to the Brainerd Warriors' varsity softball team as a sophomore. The leaders of that team took her under their wings and made her feel welcome. This spring she's paying it forward. Now a senior outfielder and one of the Warriors' captains, Lange has matured into one of the team leaders, as well as one of its top players. In recognition of her efforts, Lange was selected to play in the Minnesota High School Girls Softball All-Star Series in June.
Power hitting and complete games from right-handers Jordyn Sullivan and Jillian Ewald spurred the Brainerd Warriors to a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader sweep of the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm Tuesday at Adamson Field. Kylie Lange and Vanessa Britton smoked triples in Game One for the unbeaten Warriors and Clare Ceynowa and Lexi Roby socked home runs in Game Two as Brainerd improved to 5-0 in CLC play, 8-0 overall. Roby finished the two games 5-for-6 with four runs scored and two RBIs. Lange was 3-for-7 with four runs scored and four RBIs.
A long day The key: Brainerd pitchers walked 11 batters and the Warrior defense committed seven errors in two games Conference: Brd 3-2, FF 1-3, SC 3-0 Overall: Brd 3-3, FF 3-4, SC 6-0 Next: Sauk Rapids-Rice at Brainerd 4 p.m. Tuesday (2). St. Cloud State University has signed a dandy recruit in St. Cloud Tech Tigers left-hander Trevor Koenig.
Whether Jack Evans is grasping a hockey stick or a golf club, he's one of the Brainerd Warriors' leading scorers. This past hockey season, Evans led Brainerd in scoring with 35 points and helped the Warriors to the Section 8-2A semifinals. From April 17-20, Evans enjoyed a productive first week of the boys golf season, capturing medalist honors in two meets (one was a 2-day event) and finishing third in the other. His scores ranged from 72 to 77 and he helped Brainerd win two of its first three meets.
Wrestler and baseball player Cole Kubesh may have summed up Monday's Brainerd Warriors All-Sports Banquet the best: "What a night. What a night." That was his reaction after he and Allyson Smith were named the Brainerd Warrior Athletes of the Year before a crowd of more than 600 in the Brainerd High School gym.
In her first season as a track and field competitor, Lili Charlier finished third in shot put in the state of Virginia's outdoor meet and placed fourth in its indoor meet. "I didn't know throwing a metal ball could be so much fun," Charlier said. In discus, she qualified for the Virginia state meet, but said she didn't place highly.
Jake Heikkenen produced an adapted floor hockey state tournament that he will never forget and one the Minnesota State High School League has never seen. The Brainerd junior left wing accumulated a tournament-record 21 points in helping the Warriors capture the state championship in physically impaired division as they outscored three foes 36-7. The performance earned Heikkenen a spot on the all-tournament team along with teammates Zachary Denny and Cody Vleck. Heikkenen thought he had a shot to break the tournament scoring record after a 9-point performance against Mounds View in Friday's quarterfinals.
Warriors sweep The key: Brainerd collected 10 hits in each game as they beat Rocori 8-4 and 8-6 Conference: Brd 3-0, Roc 1-3 Overall: Brd 3-1, Roc 1-3 Next: Brainerd at Sartell 5 p.m. April 25 After suffering an 8-7 loss to Moorhead in a game they felt they should have won last week, the Brainerd Warriors were hoping to bounce back in a Central Lakes Conference doubleheader Tuesday against the Rocori Spartans at Adamson Field.
Warriors 6, Alexandria 1 The key: Bryce Flanagan pitched six innings of 5-hit baseball Conference: Brd 1-0, A 0-1 Overall: Brd 1-0, A 0-1 Next: Moorhead at Brainerd 5 p.m. Thursday. On a brisk 50-degree opening day, Lowell Scearcy was probably feeling colder than usual after spending seven innings at chilly Adamson Field.