Athletics: Brainerd will be buzzing with prep activities

Postseason play is stating to heat up.

Brainerd's Meghan Smith fields the ball at third base against Rogers on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Brainerd.
Brainerd's Meghan Smith fields the ball at third base against Rogers on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at Brainerd.
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BRAINERD — Brainerd will be a softball hotspot Tuesday, May 31.

Not only do the Warriors host the Section 8-4A playoffs, but Section 5-1A will also be playing its games in Brainerd between the high school field and Central Lakes College.

Section 5-1A will begin play at 10:30 a.m. Menahga vs. Mille Lacs will play at the high school, while Walker-Hackensack-Akeley vs. Hinckley-Finlayson will be played at CLC.

A second game among those four teams will be played at 12:30 p.m. at the high school.

Section 8-4A will kick off with Elk River vs. Moorhead at Central Lakes College at 3 p.m. Buffalo will face Rogers at the high school at 3 p.m. The winners of those two games will play at CLC at 5 p.m.


The 22-0 and top-seeded Brainerd Warriors will play the Winner’s Bracket Championship game against No. 2 seeded St. Michael-Albertville (17-5) at 5 p.m. at the high school The winner of that game will then face whoever comes back out of the loser’s bracket 6 p.m. Thursday, June 2. If a second section final game is needed it is currently scheduled for Friday, June 3.

Admission for the Section 8-4A games is $8 for adults and $5 for students. There will be concessions at Brainerd High School.

According to the Quality Results Formula, Brainerd is currently the No. 1 team in the state. STMA is No. 6. Neither team has lost to a section opponent and the Knights have won four straight and six out of their last seven games.


The Brainerd Warriors baseball team landed the No. 7 seed for the Section 8-4A playoffs. They will play 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 1 at the No. 2 seeded Rogers Royals.

The Warriors finished the regular season with a 7-12 record. Rogers finished 15-5 overall and 5-2 against section opponents. Brainerd was 4-5 against section opponents including an 11-2 loss to Rogers May 14.

St. Michael-Albertville earned the No. 1 seed and will face the winner of No. 8 Buffalo vs. No. 9 St. Cloud.

No. 4 seeded Bemidji will open against No. 5 Moorhead. No. 3 Elk River will host NO. 6 Sartell.

The semifinal games and loser’s bracket games will be Thursday, June 2 The section championship games will be Thursday, June 9.


Girls Lacrosse

The Brainerd Warriors will be home.

After finishing the regular season with a program-best 8-4 record, including 6-1 against Section 8 opponents, the Warrior will open postseason play at Adamson Field in Brainerd.

The No. 6 seeded Warriors will host No. 11 Rocori 4 p.m. Monday, May 30. The winner will advance to play No. 3 St. Michael-Albertville 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 1.

Buffalo landed the No. 2 seed and will face the winner of No. 7 Becker and NO. 10 Sartell-Sauk Rapids.

No. 4 Monticello will host No. 5 Moorhead Tuesday and the No. 1 seeded Elk River/Zimmerman will face the winner of No. 8 St. Cloud and No. 9 Big Lake.

The section championship game is scheduled for Thursday, June 9 at the high seed. The Warriors defeated Rocori 16-1 April 25 in their only meeting.

Boys Lacrosse

The Brainerd Warriors boys team also will be at home to open Section 8 play.

This will be the first postseason home game for the Warriors boys’ program. No. 8 Brainerd (5-7) will open against No. 9 Becker (2-10) 6 p.m. Monday, May 30.


The Warriors defeated Becker 15-6 May 5.

The winner of Brainerd vs. Becker will advance to face the No. 1 seed St. Michael-Albertville 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 1.

No. 4 Providence Academy will host No. 5 Sartell-Sauk Rapids.

No. 3 Monticello will face the winner of No. 6 Elk River vs. No. 11 Rocori.

Moorhead earned the No. 2 seed and will face the winner of No. 7 St Cloud and No. 10 Big Lake.

The Section championship game is scheduled for June 9.

JEREMY MILLSOP may be reached at 218-855-5856 or Follow on Twitter at

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