STAPLES—Torry Hirschey pumped in 21 points for the Pine River-Backus Tigers as they defeated the Staples-Motley Cardinals 62-47 in a non-conference matchup Thursday, Jan. 17. Izaiah DeMars tallied 14 points to lead the Cardinals. Louis Beckers knocked in 14 points and Nathaniel Wosmek added 11 points as the Tigers improved to 10-2 overall. Pine River-Backus 27 35-- 62 Staples-Motley 25 22—47 PINE RIVER-BACKUS
KIMBALL—Brandon Neifert and both Brainerd Warrior teams finished second Thursday, Jan. 17 at the Annandale Invite at Powder Ridge. Neifert posted a runner-up time of 42.22. Max Darkow was seventh followed by Cal Madison in eighth and Gavin Hoelzel in ninth. Emma Hiebert's fourth-place 47.75 led the Warrior girls to their second-place finish. Alli Krantz finished sixth followed by Erin Hoelzel in seventh and Maddie Kalenberg in 10th. Boys team scores: 1-St. Cloud 258, 2-Brainerd 246, 3-Westonka 206, 4-Annadale 200
PILLAGER—Ramsey Moe registered 28 points for the Aitkin Gobblers in a 63-31 win over the Pillager Huskies in a Section 7-2A matchup Thursday, Jan. 17. Aitkin was ranked third in the South Subsection 7-2A standings prior to Thursday's game with the Huskies sitting seventh. Kaija Davies contributed nine points and nine rebounds for Aitkin. The Huskies were led by Emma Schmit's seven points Aitkin 27 36—63 Pillager 13 18—31 PILLAGER
The Brainerd Warriors utilized balanced scoring, led by Olivia Tautges' 12 points, to upset Class 1A's top-ranked Alexandria Cardinals 54-47 in a Central Lakes Conference game Thursday, Jan. 17 at Brainerd High School. The Cardinals came into the contest 12-1 following their only loss of the season, a 45-44 loss Tuesday, Jan. 15 to Willmar, which defeated Brainerd 62-29 Saturday, Jan. 12. Brainerd and Alex opened their seasons against each other. Alex won that game 54-38 Nov. 27.
BREEZY POINTS—Shane Donovan slapped in four goals with one assist for the Northern Lakes Lightning in a 7-3 Mid-State Conference victory over the Park Rapids Panthers Thursday, Jan. 17. Hunter Nybakken contributed two goals with one assist as the Lightning improved to 3-11-1. Northern Lakes 3 1 3—7 Park Rapids 1 1 1—3 First period: NL-Shane Donovan (Hunter Nybakken, Tucker Jobe) 11:41, NL-Shane Donovan 7:24, PR-Nolan Pederson (Jack Siagle) 6:44, NL-Hunter Nybakken (Tucker Jobe) 2:52
AITKIN Art events Kaleidoscope, 10-11:30 a.m. first Saturday of the month, Jaques Art Center. More information available at www.jaquesart.com or 218-927-2363. BRAINERD Writing workshop
ANDOVER— Maddox Canon and Kaydn Robinson each scored a hat trick, and the two-time defending state champion Brainerd Warriors won their 35th straight game, peppering Anoka with 31 shots on net in a 13-3 North Conference win Wednesday, Jan 16. Matt Allord and Blaise Edinger each added two goals in the win. The Warriors led 4-0 after the first period, and 10-3 after a six-goal outburst in the second period. Tate Boelter notched four saves in goal and Edinger tallied three.
The Brainerd Warriors opened up Central Northwest Conference play by going 3-0 Jan. 13 at Jack's House in Brainerd. Brainerd defeated Detroit Lakes, St. Cloud and Fergus Falls Gold. High bowler for the day was Shakira Warta with 88-percent fills. Warta threw 15 strikes, 15 spares and only two open frames. The next conference match will be Sunday, Jan. 20 at Great River Bowl in Sartell.
ST. CLOUD—The Brainerd Warriors had nine wrestlers finish the day 2-0 as the Warriors defeated the Fergus Falls Otters 69-3 and the St. Cloud Tech Tigers 49-30 at the St. Cloud Tech Triangular Thursday, Jan. 10. Attlie Danielson, Kyle Patnode, Morgan Gibson and Cade Barrett pinned both of their opponents for the 10-1 Warriors. Brainerd 69, Fergus Falls 3 Brainerd 49, St. Cloud Tech 30 106 Isaiah Jillson 1-1 113: Tommy Daniels 0-2 120: Atlie Danielson 2-0 126: Kyle Eschenbacher 2-0 132: Denny Busbey 2-0
BRAINERD Billy Joel Tribute shows Twin Cities performer Mick Sterling will pay tribute to Billy Joel with two concerts titled "A Billy Joel State of Mind," scheduled Friday, Jan. 18, Chalberg Theatre stage at Central Lakes College in Brainerd. The concerts are part of the Cultural Arts Series of the Central Lakes Community Performing Arts Center. Sterling's group will perform at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Youth on Stage Open Mic