No matter what happens in Saturday's Class 5A state championship game against unbeaten and top-ranked Owatonna, the Brainerd Warriors need to appreciate the moment and the playoff run that has culminated with the program's first trip to the Prep Bowl.
They have a 1,000-yard passer and a 1,000-yard rusher.
Two of their receivers have combined to score 15 touchdowns.
Their kicker has converted 7 of 9 field goals, including a 47-yarder.
Their offense averages 39.1 points a game.
After graduating their top nine players from a magical run to the state tournament, some people may expect the Brainerd Warriors to return to earth in 2013-14.
Warriors coach Scott Stanfield isn't one of them.
Quality left-handed pitching is at a premium at any level of baseball.
Brainerd's TJ Graumann happens to be a quality left-hander, a fact that didn't go unnoticed by Division I University of Nebraska-Omaha where Graumann has decided to pitch in 2014-15.
MINNEAPOLIS - Brainerd's Beth Etterman turned in another steady performance and sits in fifth place after the prelims in the Class 2A diving meet Monday night at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.
The Warrior senior scored 189.
MINNEAPOLIS - It was an epic duel, deserving of a state championship game, but it was the semifinals of the Class 5A state tournament Saturday night at the Metrodome.
Unbeaten Brainerd and undefeated Chaska rammed into each other for 48 minutes.
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