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If Sam Miller joins Brainerd's 1,000-yard passing club, it will mean that he and the Warriors are flourishing in a postseason run. The senior quarterback enters Saturday's Class 5A playoff semifinal against Alexandria 102 passing yards shy of 1,000. He's also thrown for nine touchdowns and completed 58.4 percent of his passes (66 of 113).
After receiving one of the highest, if not the highest, postseason seed in program history, the Brainerd Warriors hope to justify that distinction in the playoffs. Willmar, which defeated the Warriors 3-0 and 3-2 during the regular season, earned the top seed in Section 8-3A. The Cardinals have the 15th-highest Quality Results Formula in Class 3A while Brainerd is 18th. The Warriors, who set a program record for wins this season with 22, received the No. 2 seed, which didn't surprise Warriors coach Rick Kuehlwein.
One was more of a risk-taker. The other's strength was consistency. Sometimes the one who wasn't a risk-taker became consistent and the one who was consistent became the risk-taker. Taya Person's and Heidi Jacobson's skills complemented each other. Toss in the fact both can serve, are solid on groundstrokes and are capable of playing at the net and you have the ingredients for a winning doubles combination.
SARTELL—Brainerd Warrior football has developed a reputation as a program that finishes the regular season on a roll. Following an 0-2 start this fall, the Warriors ended the regular season rolling to a 42-0 whitewashing of the winless Sartell Sabres in the regular-season finale Wednesday, Oct. 17. The victory was Brainerd's fifth in its last six games with the only loss during that stretch 12-7 to Bemidji. The victory probably assures Brainerd of the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the Section 8-5A playoffs which will seed Thursday, Oct. 18, according to the Quality Results Formula. Bemidji, which nipped St. Cloud Tech 31-30 in overtime Wednesday, will get the top seed and a first-round bye.
When his team hosts the Brainerd Warriors Wednesday, Oct. 17, Sartell Sabres head coach Scott Hentges hopes to turn back the clock. The 0-7 Sabres are in the midst of a 17-game losing streak. Their last win? Oct. 29, 2016, when they drilled Brainerd 35-0 in the section playoffs. "I would like that (a victory) as opposed to what happened to us last year up at Brainerd," Hentges said of Sartell's 54-0 loss to the Warriors in the final game of the 2017 regular season. "It's a short week, but we think we know what Brainerd has.
With a victory in the final game of the regular season, the Brainerd Warriors will put themselves in prime position for a high seed and at least one home game in the Section 8-5A playoffs. Brainerd is in that position after a hard-fought 21-6 victory over the Moorhead Spuds in a North Central Red Subdistrict and Section 8-5A game at Adamson Field Friday, Oct. 12. The Warriors are 4-3 overall heading into the regular-season finale at Sartell Wednesday, Oct. 17. Defense was Brainerd's forte Friday as it forced three turnovers and let the Spuds gain 311 total yards but only score to show for it. Moorhead was inside the Warrior 26 three times in the first half and once in the second half but went scoreless each time. After scoring their only touchdown on their first possession of the second half, only one other Moorhead series ended in Brainerd territory.
4, 7, 2, 8. Brainerd Warriors football coach Ron Stolski drew those numbers on a board at the team's meeting Monday, Oct. 8. Translation: The team has four practices before its seventh game and two practices before its final game of the regular season. The rush to play the final two games of the regular season begins Friday, Oct. 12, when the 1-5 Moorhead Spuds travel to Adamson Field to face the 3-3 Warriors in a Section 8-5A and North Central Red Subdistrict game. Brainerd ends the regular season at Sartell Wednesday, Oct. 17, while Moorhead finishes at Alexandria.
Gina Wasniewski hadn't had much luck on free kicks lately, but she capitalized on possibly the biggest one of her career Thursday, Oct. 11. In the quarterfinals of the Section 8-2A tournament at Adamson Field, Wasniewski took a free kick less than four minutes into the contest and drove it home. Her marker stood up as the No. 4 Brainerd Warriors went on to edge the No. 5 Buffalo Bison 1-0. "That was fantastic," Warriors coach Grant Gmeinder said of Wasniewski's shot. "That's something she's been working on all season. Honestly, in the last Fergus Falls game, she had two great free kicks and sent them probably 25 yards over the net. They were not even close.
Jack Thorkelson can finally relax. The Brainerd Warrior junior soccer player was hoping to smash the single-season school record for goals, a mark that he accomplished with a hat trick in an 8-0 win over Fergus Falls Oct. 4. In his pursuit of the goals record, he has also eclipsed the program's mark for total points in a season. Entering the 2017 season the single-season school record for goals was 17 scored by Tyler Hansen in 2006. The total points in a season record (23) was set by Jason Roberts in 2000.
Opponents must shudder when they learn they're providing the opposition for the Brainerd Warriors homecoming game. Trailing 14-7 early in the second quarter, Brainerd ripped off 28 straight points and stymied the Becker Bulldogs' offense on its way to a 35-21 homecoming victory in front of a capacity crowd at chilly Adamson Field Saturday, Oct. 6. The victory raised Brainerd's record to 17-2 in homecoming games in the 2000s.