Depth might be a factor when the Brainerd Warriors kick off their season Friday night at Fergus Falls.
Many players may have to see action as the National Weather Service is forecasting a 7 p.m. temperature of 84 with a heat index of 86.
The return of six swimmers and one diver with Class 2A state meet experience gives Brainerd coach Dan Anderson reason to believe the Warriors can improve upon last year's fourth-place finish in Section 8-2A.
With the graduation of one of the most prolific scorers in program history the Brainerd Warriors will have to spread out the offense in 2013.
Emily Beltran finished her career as Brainerd's second-leading scorer.
One of Tony Smith's hopes for the 2013 Brainerd Warriors is to get off to a better start than last year.In 2012, Brainerd lost eight of its first nine games before tying Sauk Rapids. The Warriors then won two in a row, their only wins of the season.