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Warriors 27, Spuds 22 The key: Brainerd benefited from six Moorhead turnovers Subdistrict: Brd 4-0, M 2-2 Overall: Brd 4-1, M 2-3 Next: Alexandria at Brainerd 2 p.m. Oct. 8. In a game in which they caused numerous turnovers and recorded a safety, the Brainerd Warriors needed a frantic finish to defeat the Moorhead Spuds 27-22 at Adamson Field Friday.
Warriors vs. Moorhead When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Adamson Field, Brainerd Last meeting: Moorhead won 38-13 in 2015 The series: Moorhead leads 15-13 Twitter: @bertsballpark Radio: KLIZ-AM (1380) Web stream: www.brainerdradio.net . After playing three of their first four regular-season games on the road, the Brainerd Warriors are preparing to play three of their last four at home.
Kennedy Rusk Sport: Tennis Position: No. 1 doubles Year: Senior Age: 17 Height: 5-6 Career highlight: Beating St. Cloud Tech No. 1 doubles team this season, qualifying for section doubles tournament in 2015 with Jenna Swenson Other sports: Hockey, track & field Grade-point average: 3.7 Favorite class: Math Favorite food: Pasta Favorite movie: "Miracle on Ice" Favorite TV show: "Grey's Anatomy" Hobbies: Sports Future plans: Attend college, play tennis in college, possibly pursue career in dental hygiene
SAUK RAPIDS—At the midway point of the season, after playing three of their first four games on the road, the Brainerd Warriors have to be satisfied with a 3-1 overall mark. Brainerd won its third straight game since losing the season opener at Elk River by pulling away from the Sauk Rapids-Rice Storm 35-6 in a North Central Red Subdistrict game on a rainy, muddy Friday night. The Warrior defense was splendid, forcing three Storm turnovers, stifling the SR-R offense, and limiting the Storm to 208 total yards of offense. Jake Hodge recovered a fumble and Jacob Ebinger and Taylor Ludwig intercepted passes for Brainerd.
Philip Klaphake concedes he was blessed in his athletic career. The 26-year-old was a standout athlete at Princeton High School and went on to start four seasons as the quarterback at St. Cloud State University, leading the Huskies to three playoff appearances. In his junior and senior years, he was a semifinalist for the Harlon Hill Award, which honors the top player in Division II football. Twice he was named SCSU's most valuable player. He is the Huskies' all-time record holder with 11,261 passing yards, 13,776 total yards and the most wins by an SCSU quarterback (36). He's only the third Division II player in history to pass for more than 10,000 yards and rush for more than 2,000.
Hannah McKeag and Julia Wallace swam against each other in practice and in meets for three years, pushing each other to be the best they could be in the 100-yard backstroke. McKeag, who graduated in 2016, was a 3-time state entrant in the event and is the Brainerd Warriors' school-record holder with a time of 58.70. Wallace ranks No. 2 in school history with her 1:01.64 clocking. "Hannah McKeag was the best in program history, Julia is second-best in program history, and they were on the same team," Warriors coach Dan Anderson said. "For the past three years, Julia's been in her shadow. People don't realize how good Julia really is so it's nice to see her having the season she's having."
Warriors 21, Willmar 7 The key: Brainerd gained 359 yards to the Cardinals' 268 Subdistrict: Brd 2-0, W 0-2 Overall: Brd 2-1, W 0-3 Next: Brainerd at Sauk Rapids 7 p.m. Friday. Charlie Geraets ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns and Luke Wiskow and Tanner Stenglein provided key defensive plays as the Brainerd Warriors defeated the Willmar Cardinals 21-7 in a North Central Red Subdistrict game Friday at Adamson Field.
Charlie Geraets Sport: Football Position: Running back Year: Junior Age: 17 Height: 5-11 Other sports: Basketball Grade-point average: 4.0 Favorite class: Physical education Favorite food: Pizza Favorite TV show: “Friends”...
Even though the Brainerd Warriors trailed Sauk Rapids-Rice 1-0 at the half, they were bringing the heat against Storm goalie Ethan Baker on a crisp Tuesday night at Adamson Field. Much of the pressure was from the hot foot of freshman forward Jack Thorkelson who pumped in three goals to spark the Warriors to a 5-1 Central Lakes Conference victory. "I've never felt this happy in my entire life," Thorkelson said. "This is unbelievable."
Warriors 5, Storm 1 The key: Jack Thorkelson registered a hat trick for Brainerd, which scored five unanswered goals in the second half Conference: Brd 3-3-0, SR 0-5-0 Overall: Brd...