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The defending Section 6A champion Alexandria Cardinals, this year's top section seed, netted four goals in the second period to defeat the fourth-seeded Northern Lakes Lightning 5-2 in the section semifinals on Tuesday, Feb. 10, in Alexandria. The Cardinals, ranked 11th in Class A, will return to the state tournament after skating past Detroit Lakes 3-1 in the section championship on Friday, Feb. 13. In the semifinals, Alexandria jumped to a 1-0 lead against the Lightning after the first period on Lauren Niska's goal.
Pequot Lakes' students Alex Stone and Grace McGuire celebrated winning the state alpine (downhill) skiing title with their Brainerd Warrior teammates on Wednesday, Feb.
Josh Maucieri and Kyle Sellner both scored two goals as the eighth-seeded Northern Lakes Lightning boys' hockey team blanked No. 9 Wadena-Deer Creek 5-0 in the opening round of the Section 6A tournament on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Breezy Point Arena. Mitch Stangel turned aside 24 shots for the Lightning in the shutout win. Losing netminder Toby Wood stopped 29 shots. Northern Lakes led 1-0 after the first period on a goal by Sellner. "I wasn't real concerned.," Lightning coach Craig Larson said of the early close score. "I was surprised that we didn't have more goals.
Society often ranks the importance of winning as a priority for athletic teams. That goal often overshadows other factors like player development or the athletes simply having a fun experience. I received a reminder of how sports can be a fun experience for athletes last week while visiting with two exchange students who are juniors at Pequot Lakes High School. Gina Garai of Hungary and Kristyna "Kiki" Vorlova of the Czech Republic are playing basketball for the first time this winter as members of the Pequot Lakes' girls' C-team. "It's always a great experience for the exchange students,
Brainerd Warrior alpine skier Alex Stone just wanted two clean runs down the Afton Alps hill at the Section 5 meet on Thursday, Feb. 5. And the Pequot Lakes sophomore accomplished that goal by finishing fourth overall and also help the Brainerd girls' team finish first and advance to state for the first time since 2009. Last year, Stone missed advancing to state after falling on one of her section meet runs. "It was constantly on my mind, and I was nervous," said Stone, who had also fell in two of the last three meets going into sections.
Kendra Brasel and Tatum Sheley were both seniors on the Pine River-Backus Tigers' basketball team that advanced to the Section 5A final before losing to Upsala in the 2012-13 season. Today, the pair are continuing their basketball careers as guards on college teams going in opposite directions. Brasel is a freshman transfer for a Northland Community College of Thief River Falls' women's team has won nine straight to improve to 18-2 overall and is ranked No.
Being able to hand out awards to honor people for their accomplishments in your industry is an admirable experience. Giving out 14 of those awards to co-workers is even more special. As one of my final duties as 2014 president of the Minnesota Newspaper Association (MNA), I had the privilege of presenting almost 600 plaques and certificates to the top three finishers in a variety of categories in the state's college and professional divisions of the Better Newspaper Contest, which was part of the annual MNA convention Jan.
Baylee Hilfers scored with 29 seconds remaining in overtime to lead the Eveleth-Gilbert Golden Bears over the Northern Lakes Lightning girls' hockey team 2-1 in non-conference play on Thursday, Jan. 22. Hilfers scored with just 2 "Our coaching staff could not have asked our girls for much more of an effort than they gave that night," said Northern Lakes coach Kristen Harsha.
My dad always said that "It takes a big person to admit when they're wrong." Well, I admit that 25 years ago I was part of a sports staff at the Brainerd Dispatch that made a mistake. The week before the kickoff event in the winter of 1991, we heard there was a new ice fishing tournament on Gull Lake that had the potential to be big. After a lengthy discussion, a decision was made not to cover the first Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. I don't remember the exact reason.
Cam Christiansen enjoys cross country skiing and also shooting at the rifle range. The 17-year-old Pequot Lakes resident is able to combine both those activities in the sport of Biathlon,...