The Brainerd VFW Bantam A hockey team, sponsored by Brainerd VFW Post 1647, earned a place in the state tournament with a runner-up finish in the VFW District 6 tournament in Brainerd March 9-11. Brainerd was defeated 3-2 in double overtime by St. Cloud in the championship game.
Earlier in the tournament, Brainerd defeated St. Cloud 4-2 and Sauk Rapids 10-6. St. Cloud and Brainerd advance to the state tournament March 23-25 at Elk River.
Team members: Forwards: Cole Ball, Matt Blanch, Matt Casperson, Pete Dahl, Adam Fischer, Colton Kramer, Tory Miller, Mitchel Rahn, Carter Reece. Defense: Tate Motschenbacher, Teddy Nelson, Happy Rivard, Kyle Wyatt. Goalies: Brady Mick, Kyler Walczak. Coaches: Derek Argir, Sam Burchill, Fred Midge. Manager: Christine Casperson.