The NFL season is nearing the end, but for a few die-hard fanatics, the football season will be getting under way soon.
The semi-pro football season that is.
And, in the Brainerd lakes area, that distinction belongs to the Brainerd Lumberjacks.
Caleb Janson's stat sheet looks like it came from a video game.
The Pierz Pioneers' senior is averaging 17.9 points and 15.6 rebounds a game. He's recorded 12 double-doubles, with two being of the 20-20 variety.
It was Jan. 17 and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers had fallen to 5-7 after a Mid-State Conference loss to Detroit Lakes.
Since then, Chelsey Bonsante has been on a tear and the Rangers have won three straight to even their record at 8-7.
The twine was kind to Riley Kline on Tuesday.
With the Brainerd Warriors trailing the Sartell Sabres 67-66 and the clock reading 10 seconds, Brainerd's senior point guard penetrated the lane in hopes of dishing off to an open teammate.
Seventeen percent shooting is hard to overcome.
The Brainerd Warriors gave it a go Friday only to fall short to the visiting Bemidji Lumberjacks, who snuck out of Brainerd High School with a 54-42 victory.