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  It wasn’t the ideal start for Manon Gammon-Deering, but the ending was bliss. The Little Falls senior began her final Nordic skiing season with a stress fracture in her ankle and health issues. Both kept the returning state meet skier from her peak until when it mattered the most.  And...

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 11:29pm

Joey Bergquist’s season didn’t start like he hoped. In the second game of the season, the Northern Lakes Lightning were destroyed by Class 2A’s Brainerd Warriors 10-2. Bergquist was in goal. “That Brainerd game I knew all those guys and I kind of psyched myself out,” said Bergquist. “I j...

Fri, 02/25/2011 - 11:28pm

Next. That should be the slogan for the Little Falls Flyers girls Nordic ski team which never seems to run out of quality skiers. Case in point is Chelsea Rutz. The sophomore won the individual classical race in the Feb. 3 Central Lakes Conference meet at St. John’s University in Collegeville. Her...

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 9:24pm

Ricky Devine has gone from no clue to really good in three years. The Little Falls senior joined the Flyers’ Nordic ski team as a sophomore and through hard work has become one of the top skiers in the Central Lakes Conference and Section 8. He proved it the last two weeks. Devine won the individu...

Fri, 02/11/2011 - 9:22pm

Rian Hutchison hadn’t exactly had rousing success at Afton Alps, site of the Section 5 Alpine skiing meet, placing 18th as a junior and 62nd as a sophomore. That cost him a trip to state on both occasions but he didn’t let that opportunity slip through his grasp Tuesday in his final high school ...

Wed, 02/09/2011 - 9:32pm

  A fluke accident wasn’t able to slow Kierra Howard’s success this season. The senior goalie for the Brainerd/Little Falls Flying Warriors suffered a concussion in warm-ups before the Jan. 4 game at Alexandria and was forced to miss a few games. “I was checking my angles,” Howard said....

Wed, 02/02/2011 - 9:18pm

He only needed three so Kurtis Moody scored 16 to make sure. The three-year varsity starter for the Pequot Lakes Patriots became the ninth player in program history to surpass 1,000 career points during Pequot’s 68-27 victory over the Aitkin Gobblers Jan. 20. Moody joins Matt Royer (1,464), Bob Bl...

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 8:53pm

Kylie Beltz is lucky No. 13. The Pequot Lakes senior dropped a career-high 31 points on the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks to lead Class 2A’s 10th-ranked Patriots to a 67-53 victory Jan. 20.  It also helped her reach 1,000 career points in her four-year varsity career. “It was bothering her I co...

Fri, 01/28/2011 - 8:48pm

Wrestlers who step onto the mat with Jessen Franzen are greeted by an opponent with a mohawk and/or colored hair. “I’ve had a couple different colors, I’ve got a mohawk now,” Franzen said. “I just tried it my 10th grade year and kept it going every year. It’s pretty intimidating.” The ...

Wed, 01/26/2011 - 10:33pm

A memorable week turned forgettable for Meredith Chaput. The Aitkin guard opened last week by helping the Gobblers' to a thrilling come-from-behind victory. She followed her heroics with what turned out to be a life-changing accident. First, the good news. Chaput tied a season high with 30 points in...

Fri, 01/21/2011 - 11:08pm