EJ Ziegler is branching out.
At 6-foot-4, the Pillager Huskies senior is one of the taller Class 1A players in the area.
Because of that, he's owned the paint against opposing teams.
But the post player is broadening his attack of the basket.
Few would call a major knee injury a blessing in disguise.
But the Pine River-Backus Tigers basketball team made the most of Tatum Sheley's bad situation.
Sheley, a five-year varsity starter, tore her ACL during a July AAU basketball tournament.
Twelve area skiers with a combined 25 years of state meet experience will compete for all-state accolades Thursday (Feb. 14).
Highlighting the skiing caravan is Brainerd's Zean Baker. The senior will ski in his fourth state meet.
He needed five and scored 10.
Those 10 points helped Nathan Ehnstrom become the fourth Aitkin Gobblers boy to reach 1,000 career points.
Ehnstrom's milestone came in Aitkin's 61-48 victory over Hinckley-Finlayson Feb. 4.
Mattia Hendrickson despises losing.
The Little Falls Flyers senior set a goal to advance to the Class 2A state cross country meet last fall.
When that failed to happen, she set her sights on her next sport - Nordic skiing.
Bonus points were difficult to pin down for the Brainerd Warriors Tuesday.
During the first of two duals at Brainerd High School, the Warriors suffered a 42-25 Central Lakes Conference defeat to the Sartell Sabres.
Rachelle LeBlanc doesn't care about winning now.
She admits winning is good for her confidence, but the Little Falls Flyers junior gymnast said winning isn't what she's worried about. At least not yet.