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Rachelle LeBlanc was selling herself short. The Little Falls gymnast set a goal to earn an all-around score of 37 points by the end of the season. Less than a month into the season LeBlanc reached her goal during a dual meet victory against Bemidji.

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 6:48pm

Blake Petrich's plan for winning a state wrestling title? To be perfect. The Staples-Motley Cardinals senior has been close to that so far. On Dec.

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 6:47pm

For all of Peter Harrison's success, a couple of things have been missing. The Pequot Lakes senior scratched off one of those things Dec. 10 when he finally broke through to win his first Paul Bunyan Invite championship at Brainerd High School.

Sat, 12/17/2011 - 12:10am

  Give Alayna Kabanuk the ball. At least that’s her feeling and the feeling of her teammates as the outside hitter for the Little Falls Flyers has proven she can rise to the level of pressure surrounding her. Case in point was a 3-2 victory over Mora Oct. 4. In the decisive Game Five, Kabanuk...

Fri, 10/07/2011 - 8:35pm

  Mike Ryan did not have a good state meet last year. By his own admission last year’s Class 1A state cross country meet at St. Olaf was an eye-opener. That’s why he’s working hard to get back and do it all over again. The Pequot Lakes junior won the Deer River/Northland and McGregor invi...

Fri, 10/07/2011 - 8:33pm

Emily Beltran has had a hot foot. The Brainerd Warriors junior erupted for seven goals and 10 total points in back-to-back games last week, earning her distinction as Central Lakes Conference Performer of the Week ending Sept. 24. “I don’t know,” Beltran said when asked the reason for her rece...

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 9:16am

  In a preview story for the 2011 Brainerd Warriors baseball team head coach Lowell Scearcy said he would be surprised if Jack Hegarty “doesn’t have a really good year.” Hegarty hasn’t disappointed his coach. He leads the team in hitting (.455) and RBIs (20) and has struck out only thre...

Thu, 06/02/2011 - 4:58pm

Morgan Demars had a knack for getting on base. That’s a good trait to have if you are the leadoff hitter on your softball team. Demars reached base in 60 percent of her at bats and led the Pine River-Backus Tigers with 33 runs scored. Even when she didn’t make it on base, which was rare, she mad...

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 9:12pm

Bryan Yackley has found his groove. The Pequot Lakes senior entered the baseball season with high expectations, but nothing like what he’s been able to do lately. During a 13-12 loss to Aitkin May 17, Yackley went 4-for-5 with three RBIs. He followed that by going 2-3 with a double against Sebeka ...

Fri, 05/27/2011 - 9:08pm

A successful tennis team must have ability at all four singles positions, and all three doubles spots. It also must have players willing to play a role, individuals who realize if they play that role the team will benefit....

Wed, 05/18/2011 - 5:09pm