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Trent Grams realizes he's replacing a legend in Minnesota State High School League baseball and he's up for the challenge. The 42-year-old fourth-grade teacher at Garfield Elementary School in Brainerd was hired Monday, Aug. 27, as the Brainerd Warriors head baseball coach, replacing Lowell Scearcy who retired in June after 46 years in that role. Scearcy retired with the second-most wins in MSHSL baseball history. His career mark of 765-325 (.701) trails only Bob Karn of St. Cloud Cathedral, who is 782-306 (.719) coaching the Crusaders.
In the mid- to late 2000s, the Minnesota Twins wrote out lineups with several lead-off type hitters, players who weren't superstars, but did the little things necessary to win games. Those teams were nicknamed "piranhas" by an opposing manager. Brainerd Warrior head coach Dan Anderson sees his 2018 team has some of the same qualities. "We probably don't have anybody who really scares the opposing team," he said. "When you go into a dual meet with most teams there's usually that one swimmer you know you have no answer for. We don't really have that, but what we do have is a lot of really good swimmers.
For only the second time in program history, the Brainerd Warriors won a Section 8-2A playoff game in 2017, defeating fifth-seeded St. Michael-Albertville 2-0 in the quarterfinals. Warriors coach Tom Grausam hopes his squad builds off that accomplishment this fall and makes advancing in the playoffs an annual occurrence. Grausam hopes that victory has enabled his program to turn the corner and become a consistent winner. "Our team is such a group of great kids. They're a close-knit group," Grausam said. "When you have a close-knit group, the play is much better. They're having a lot more fun. They're mentally stronger. They all believe they can do it.
EAST GULL LAKE—Printed on the Dondelinger Brainerd Lakes Area Tour Showcase program were the words, "The Path to the PGA Tour Starts Here." If the Showcase, played at Cragun's Legacy Courses Wednesday, Aug. 22, is any indicator, a Web.com PGA Tour event will be played in the Brainerd lakes area in the not too distant future.
In Grant Gmeinder's four seasons as Brainerd's head coach, the Warriors compiled a stellar 53-13-2 overall record and won four Central Lakes Conference titles. In addition, last season the Warriors attained their first Section 8-2A quarterfinal playoff victory since 2009 when third-seeded Brainerd beat No. 6 Buffalo 3-1. Brainerd went on to the semifinals, where its season ended with a 5-1 loss to No. 2 St. Michael-Albertville. The playoff victory lifted a load off of the program's shoulders.
Pierz High School graduate Robert Bell is scheduled to be among the pros golfing in the first Dondelinger Brainerd Lakes Area Tour Showcase Wednesday, Aug. 22, at Cragun's Legacy Courses.
For the last two years, the Brainerd Warriors have advanced to the finals of the Section 8-2A team tournament but have run into perennial champion St. Cloud Tech, which defeated the Warriors for the title 7-0 in 2016 and 6-1 in 2017. Both teams have graduated many talented seniors but the Warriors are hoping this is the year they vault past Tech and qualify for the state tournament for the first time since winning three straight section titles from 2009-11. Brainerd returns five girls who played in the section championship dual meet against Tech. Warriors head coach Lisa Salo said three things her players can always control are effort, positive attitude and sportsmanship.
In a league with little patience for losing, and in a conference stacked with individual stars and super teams, Sacramento Kings head coach Dave Joerger is striving to build a winner. The former Staples-Motley Cardinal will begin his third season as the Kings' head man in 2018-19 following a 27-55 record last season. That finish placed Sacramento 12th in the Western Conference and fourth in the Pacific Division.
BREEZY POINT—1:39.20. That was the unofficial record-breaking time Rick Aulie cranked out Thursday, July 26, at Whitebirch Golf Course at Breezy Point Resort to smash the Guinness World Record for the fastest hole of golf by an individual. Aulie smoked the record set by Steve Jeffs of the United Kingdom. Jeffs completed his attempt in 1:50.6 at Tiverton Golf Course Jan. 4 in Tiverton, U.K.
Josh Archibald Team: Arizona Coyotes Number: 45 Position: Right wing Height: 5-10 Weight: 176 Age: 25 High school: Brainerd College: Nebraska-Omaha NHL career totals: 53 games, 8 goals, 6 assists, 14 points Josh Archibald concedes it was bittersweet to be traded from the Pittsburgh Penguins, one of the top organizations in the NHL, to the Arizona Coyotes, who were last in the league at the time.