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MINNEAPOLIS—St. Thomas Academy senior pitcher Duke Coborn allowed just three hits and struck out 11 as the third-seeded Cadets edged the Little Falls Flyers 3-1 in the Class 3A State Quarterfinals Thursday, June 13, at the University of Minnesota's Siebert Field. STA scored all three of its runs in the bottom of the fourth on Charlie Berg's two-run double followed by Callan Happe's double that scored Berg. Meanwhile, Coborn, who had two strikeouts in each of the first five innings, didn't allow a hit until Sam Nagel's solo homer in the fifth.
The Little Falls Flyers baseball team is heating up like the weather as they prepare to make their 15th appearance in a MSHSL state tournament. Little Falls started the season slowly with three wins in its first eight games before ending the regular season 10-9 overall. The Flyers heated up in the Section 8-3A tournament with a pair of close wins over Bemidji sandwiched between a 12-2 victory over two-time defending champion Alexandria.
Jack Freeman is coming back home as new head coach of the Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors girls' hockey team. Activities director Charlie Campbell announced Friday that Freeman, a 2007 Brainerd High School graduate, will take over the Warriors' program after spending the past seven seasons coaching girls and boys hockey at River Lakes (Cold Spring area).
Most people are lucky to visit two Major League Baseball stadiums in a lifetime. But Judy and Jon Toft of Brainerd, and their children, 27-year-old Jinna and 23-year-old Jake, recently reached their family milestone of visiting all 30 MLB parks. It took 18 trips and almost two decades, but the Tofts made their final stadium visit last month after attending a Philadelphia Phillies game at Citizens Bank Park.
Sue (Dugan) Moline was 17 years old back in the summer of 1969 when her family was on a two-week vacation on Lake Roosevelt in Outing. On the fourth day of the trip—Aug. 6, 1969—Moline remembers water skiing on a warm, sunny day. "I was excited to learn how to ski slalom," Moline recalled. But she never had a chance. In fact, Moline would never water ski again as her life changed later that day.
The Brainerd Warrior baseball team played completely opposite games in a doubleheader split against two Central Lakes Conference opponents Thursday, May 23, at Adamson Field in Brainerd. In the afternoon game, Brainerd edged the St. Cloud Tech Tigers 2-1 in a one-hour, 20-minute sprint as winning pitcher Broc Peterson struck out 10 in tossing a complete game. In a marathon nightcap, the Alexandria Cardinals assumed an early 6-1 lead and held on to edge the Warriors 8-7.
Cousins Konnor and Gunnar Wicklund each played key roles in helping the Brainerd Warriors rally for three runs in the bottom of the seventh for a 7-6 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Sauk Rapids Storm Tuesday, May 14, at Adamson Field in Brainerd. Konnor Wicklund came off the bench to belt a game-tying, two-run double with no outs in the seventh. Gunnar Wicklund came to bat next and singled over the left fielder's head to drive in Michael Laber from third base for the walk-off victory.
A motivated Monticello Magic squad needed a rebound win against the Brainerd Warriors Friday, May 10, at Adamson Field in Brainerd. The Magic didn't play well the previous night in suffering a frustrating 5-2 defeat against Big Lake, a loss that snapped Monticello's eight-game winning streak. So they took their frustrations out on the Brainerd pitchers by pounding out 13 hits, including three homers, and had nine different players drive in runs for a convincing 14-1 non-conference win in five innings.
What a small world we live in. Sarah Northway Maria, a 1993 Brainerd High School graduate, was the first Minnesotan to play women's basketball for legendary college coach Geno Auriemma at the University of Connecticut. Last month, it was announced that Paige Bueckers of Hopkins High School will become the second Minnesotan to play for Auriemma and the highly successful UConn Huskies program, which has won 11 NCAA National Championships. And both Northway Maria and Bueckers have connections to the Brainerd area.
Josh Archibald has enjoyed success at every level of hockey.