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HASTINGS—Alex Stone skied to a third-place finish in the Section 5 meet Thursday to qualify for state but unfortunately none of her Brainerd Warriors teammates will accompany her to state next week. Stone qualified for her fourth state appearance but the defending state and section champion Warrior girls team finished third at Afton Alps. Minnetonka captured the girls title with 314 points, Orono was runner-up with 292 and Brainerd third with 273.
That booming, baritone voice, was similar to that of the legendary John Facenda of NFL Films. When John Backlund was on the public address system for Brainerd Warriors football, volleyball, boys and girls basketball and baseball games and wrestling meets you probably never had to turn to the person sitting next to you and ask, "What did he say?" That voice had such volume that you couldn't help but hear it loud and clear.
Minnesota Mixed Martial Arts News calls Pequot Lakes High School graduate Marc "The Pummel" Hummel a "brave soul" for agreeing to fight Logan Storley at Resurrection Fighting Alliance 32 on Friday, Nov. 6, at Mystic Lake Casino in Prior Lake. According to the website, several potential opponents backed out against Storley. Apparently they were intimidated by his credentials. Storley was a four-time All-American wrestler at the University of Minnesota, finishing sixth, fourth, third and fourth at the NCAA Championships.
Any time an outstate athlete captures runner-up honors in a state meet it’s a colossal accomplishment. Metro athletes have access to more training and facilities and those two factors usually enable them to dominate state competition. That’s what makes the achievement of Brainerd Warrior skier Savannah Stone monumental. The Pequot Lakes High School senior finished second in the Wednesday, Feb. 13 state Alpine meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik, a program-best finish for a Warrior boy or girl.