Jake Ellingson leads the Brainerd Warriors' boys hockey team in scoring, but he's far from being a one-dimensional player.
Ellingson plays on the penalty kill unit and tries to backcheck, block shots and take the body every shift.
The senior is one of the leaders in virtually every aspect of the Brainerd Warrior boys swimming and diving program. He has won seven individual races and been a member of seven first-place relays in this season's first four dual meets.
I will never forget my first impression of Jim Russell in 1996 when he walked into the Brainerd Dispatch office for his first interview as the new head coach of the Central Lakes College men's basketball team.
Mike Valesano may have a difficult time in the future topping all that he has experienced, or will experience, in December and January.
On Dec. 14, the Brainerd High School graduate started at inside linebacker for the University of St.
Normally, in the years that I've written a Sports Santa column, I've tried to be witty, maybe even humorous, poking fun at college and pro coaches and athletes who do stupid things or offer gift ideas for celebrities and area coaches.