Warren Mertens of Motley, who guided the Central Lakes College baseball team to national prominence this spring, has been named Coach of the Year in the Northern Division of the Minnesota Community College Conference.
Mertens led the Raiders to 29 victories in 39 games and the team finished eighth in the national Division III finals in Batavia, N.Y. last May. It was the highest finish ever by a baseball team from the Brainerd college.
The season also featured Northern Division championship for the team and All-American honors for two players, Nate Huber of Brainerd and Reggie Litke of Onamia.
Coach Mertens says the outlook for next season is brighter, thanks to the success of this year's Central Lakes College baseball team.
Because knee surgery Wally Szczerbiak will not be attending the Timberwolves caravan that will visit the Brainerd area Thursday, July 27.
In his place starting point guard Terrell Brandon will present a basketball demonstration as part of the 10th annual U.S. Bank/Minnesota Timberwolves caravan.
The free demonstration is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Central lakes College.
Gulls plan Youth Hockey Night
The Mighty Gulls will be hosting Youth Hockey Night on Monday, July 24, at 7:05 p.m. when they host the Wisconsin Woodchucks.
Youth Hockey Associations in Brainerd and in Crosby have coupons for reduced priced tickets. A portion of each coupon, when redeemed at the gate, will help raise funds for each of the area hockey associations.
For more information call 218-828-8901.
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