Less than three years ago, John Breen, a chemical dependency counselor at Essentia Health St. Joseph's Medical Center in Brainerd, was fighting a powerful nicotine addiction that left him struggling to breathe.
The Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team will face the Southern Division's second-seeded South Suburban Flyers in the quarterfinals of the state tournament at 5 p.m. Friday at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
It was a different kind of event for the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor hockey team when it hit the floor at Riverside Elementary School March 8 in front of about 300 first- through fifth-graders to promote Learning Disabilities Awareness Month.
The Central Lakes College Raiders went up against the Northern Division champion Northland Pioneers with just six players in Saturday's 77-58 Northern Division loss.
"We just got tired toward the end," said Raiders coach Dennis Eastman.
After finishing last season with an 8-6 record and returning from the state tournament as consolation champions, the Brainerd Warriors adapted floor team hasn't slowed down a bit despite losing five senior players.
When a game is tied eight times, it can go either way.
And, it was the Central Lakes College Raiders that secured a 63-57 win over the fourth-ranked NJCAA Division III Riverland Blue Devils for their first victory of the season Saturday.
The Central Lakes College Raiders were tagged with their fifth-consecutive loss as the Anoka-Ramsey Rams beat them 83-47 in a non-division game Friday.
Jalynn Lamb led the Raiders with 13 points. She added three rebounds and a steal.