Brainerd’s athletic teams have cashed in this 2012-13 winter sports season offering rays of hope to an area hit by a paper mill plant closure, word that the Minnesota State Patrol’s dispatch center is to close in Baxter and a persistently stubborn unemployment rate.
February was not particularly good for residents of the Brainerd lakes area. Sure, thousands were drawn to the annual fishing tournament on Gull Lake and the Frozen Fore drew crowds last weekend. It was the local employment scene that took all the negative hits.
However, a second place finish for the Brainerd dance team in high kick competition in Class 3A, brought a few smiles to the faces of locals.
And the Warriors hosted the Section 8-3A wrestling tournament last week. Two Warriors wrestled their way to state.
Six Brainerd swimmers are heading to state competition.
Boys basketball had one of its best seasons in recent memory. The hoopsters compiled a 22-1 season overall and they are 14-0 in conference action.
Warrior hockey players will lace up Wednesday night in Section 8-2A finals in St. Cloud. They’ll face-off against the Moorhead Spuds for the third time this season. They won one and lost one to the Spuds during the regular season. They gain a berth in the finals by outshooting the Roseau Rams 4-3 in a barnburner last Saturday night at home.
There’s no doubt about it, these kids have given the rest of the community impacted by negative news a shot in the arm.
Our thanks to all area athletes that competed in winter sports. Those individuals who are representing the Brainerd lakes area in continued tournament action — good luck and congratulations. This is what you trained for as athletes. It was your dream as a child. Now go out there and fulfill your dream!
Our town needed your positive impact and the timing is great!
There is nothing that training cannot do. Nothing is above its reach or below it. It can turn bad morals to good, good morals to bad; it can destroy principles, it can recreate them; it can debase angels to men and lift men to angels. And it can do any of these miracles in a year — even six months.