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Mark Tuchscherer, Jeff Ramey, Colby Ring, Kyle Crocker, Samantha Smith and Hilary (Smith) Dahlen will be inducted into the Brainerd Warriors Hall of Fame at the all-sports banquet April 30. Their induction will raise membership in the hall to 178 individuals. Tickets, priced at $10 apiece, are on sale through April 27 in the Brainerd High School Activities Office between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Following are profiles of each hall of famer: Samantha Smith Category: Player BHS: Class of 2009
Maybe the Brainerd Warriors softball team should have selected a different team slogan. Weeks before this winter persisted, the Warriors decided "Snowstorm" would be their motto. With several inches of snow covering the ground, that slogan appears to be ironic. The opener Tuesday, April 10, was postponed. A doubleheader Thursday, April 12, at home and a single game Friday, April 13, at Buffalo were still scheduled when this story went to press. "One flake of snow is not very menacing," Warriors head coach Shane Jordan said. "Nobody's scared of one individual flake of snow. A whole bunch of flakes of snow working together can create a snowstorm. We're going to try to create a snowstorm this year, but I think we jinxed ourselves this spring."
In April of 2013, during which nearly all high school sporting events were postponed by inclement weather, members of the Brainerd Warrior girls golf team made snow angels during practice at Madden's Driving Range. Head coach Todd Person hopes the Warriors won't be making snow angels again this spring although courses apparently aren't going to open for weeks due to the snow cover that remains. Brainerd was scheduled to open its season Monday, April 9, followed by meets Thursday, April 12, and April 17 but all of those have been postponed. "We've got to be at least 2-3 weeks away," Person said. "We were supposed to have three meets (next) week between varsity and JV but none of those are going to happen."
One of the largest squads in Rod Reuer's tenure as head coach of the Brainerd Warrior boys track and field team is chomping at the bit to compete. Ninety-two Warriors, who have been working out since March 12, had an indoor time trial March 23 at St. John's University with Sartell. The Central Lakes Conference indoor meet is scheduled for Saturday, April 7. Other than that, the Warriors haven't been able to do much outside other than some running. Reuer said the Warriors have been working out in the pool, in the fitness center and have been weightlifting four times a week. Throwers have been able to practice discus and shot put inside. But the Warriors are unable to practice events like jumping and pole vault indoors.
For the first time, Minnesota State High School League baseball teams were allowed to open practice this season for up to five additional days a week before they would normally start their workouts. Beginning March 12, five days this year were to be used for conditioning arms and overall physical conditioning, and were to be conducted using only baseballs, gloves, and catcher's equipment. Regular practice began March 19. Brainerd HIgh School head coach Lowell Scearcy, whose Warriors are scheduled to open the season Thursday, April 5, at St. Cloud Tech, said baseball coaches for years have been asking for an extra week of throwing and conditioning.
While glaring out my office window at snow banks about 4 feet high, and wondering if high school spring sports will ever get outside in 2018, the seasons of many college teams are underway. Many college teams are able to play or compete indoors or travel to neutral sites where it's warm to get in a few contests in preparation for when our nuclear winter finally ends. Following is an update on a few lakes area athletes competing in college. It is by no means a comprehensive list.
Mike Boran wants to be clear that he's not being asked to leave his position as co-head coach of the Brainerd Warriors wrestling program. Monday, Boran submitted his resignation to Brainerd High School activities director Charlie Campbell. In an email to wrestling friends and families, Boran said after 32 years of coaching wrestling, 20 as a head coach or co-head coach, he decided to retire from coaching wrestling. "This has been on my mind for a while now and honestly I no longer feel I can devote the time and energy that it takes," Boran wrote, "and in fairness to current wrestlers in our program it is time for me to step away.
Another lakes area coach has decided he's had enough. Veteran baseball coach Pat Held was scheduled to serve as an assistant coach of the Staples-Motley Cardinals this spring. A few days into his 50th season, according to his post on Facebook, he was asked to resign because a few parents indicated their sons would not play for the Cardinals if Held was the junior varsity coach. When that message was conveyed to Held, he resigned.
As a junior, Jake Heikkenen led the Brainerd Warriors in scoring with 43 points, including a state-record 21 points during the 2017 state tournament.
When Mark Tuchscherer, Jeff Ramey, Colby Ring, Kyle Crocker, Samantha Smith and Hilary Smith are inducted into the Brainerd Warriors Hall of Fame at the all-sports banquet April 30, membership in the hall will rise to 178 individuals. Unfortunately what the hall of fame committee has experienced in recent years is a lack of nominations from the public. Warriors activities director Charlie Campbell points out that no new nominations were received this year.