Nine players who helped the Brainerd Warriors to the Class 5A state final highlight this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Team.
Perennial state tournament participant Pierz landed three players, while Aitkin and Pequot Lakes each landed two.
Brainerd Warriors Cole Smith and Alex DeRosier were named to the Minnesota Associated Press All-State Football Team on Thursday.
Smith made the second team as a defensive back. DeRosier was a third-team offensive lineman.
Beth Etterman proved to be a welcome addition to the Brainerd Warriors as she won all four events and the all-around to lead Brainerd to a 136.95-131.9 season-opening win over St. Cloud Apollo in Thursday's Central Lakes Conference meet.
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