It's a good thing Maria Hauer finished when she did.
The Little Falls Flyers junior skied to a first-place time of 20:04 in the quick pursuit style event at Friday's Brainerd Invitational at Northland Arboretum.
No Zean Baker.
Gerrit Garberich and the rest of the Brainerd Warriors stepped up in the absence of their top skier and captured the Brainerd Invite by one point over second-place Bemidji Friday at Northland Arboretum.
Maria Hauer has been there before.
If she makes it again, she's got bigger and better on her mind.
The Little Falls Flyers junior has already competed in four state Nordic ski meets. Her top finish came last year as she placed 42nd.
Drey Loge is pinning down a memorable season.
The senior for the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team is 17-0 this season with three individual championships. The three-year varsity captain isn't just winning.
ack-to-back and short-handed isn't a good combination.
Add inexperienced and that's what the Brainerd Warriors faced even before tip-off with Section 8-4A opponent Buffalo Friday night at Brainerd High School.