"Who was the opposing team's goalkeeper? How many saves did she have?
"How many shots did each team have in each half?
Those are among the questions Cassie Tomlinson fields from sports writers following Brainerd Warrior girls' soccer games. And, to Tomlinson's credit, she has the answer for each question.
Like student managers of all high school teams, Tomlinson plays a vital role. She not only is competent in keeping a scorebook, she helps Brainerd coach Steve Kimble set up for practice and makes sure everything is taken care of on the sideline following games.
She attends all home and away games and is at every practice.
Cassie Tomlinson, student manager of the Brainerd Warrior girls' soccer team, kept the scorebook during a game this season at Southdale Field in Baxter. Brainerd Dispatch/ Clint Wood» Purchase reprints of this photo.
"I found out pretty quick as a young coach that managers really are part of your staff," Kimble said. "We've had some fantastic kids in the past. She's been with us a couple years now. I'm going to miss the work she does and the huge bright smile on her face. We call her the manager of the year, the Miss Minnesota manager of the year. She's fantastic.
"At this point she has stuff done without me even asking her. She knows exactly how to do a scorebook, where she's going to put stuff, where to put things after games. When she's gone I'm going to have a rude awakening. She's second to none, that's for sure."
Tomlinson considered a role as student manager after having to undergo two knee surgeries. The constant starting, stopping and cutting involved in soccer places considerable stress on knees.
Sports: Hockey, golf.
Favorite sport: Hockey.
Grade-point average: 3.8.
Favorite subject: Science.
Favorite food: Tacos.
Favorite TV show: "Gilmore Girls."
Hobbies: Playing hockey, watching soccer games, scrapbooking.
Future plans: Attend University North Dakota, major in pre-med.
Athlete she admires: Warrior soccer player Kristi Ericksen.
Parents: Jon and Terri Tomlinson.
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"I played soccer since I was like 5," said Tomlinson, in her third year as a manager. "In ninth grade I injured my knee and had to have surgery. I still wanted to be on the team but I couldn't play any more so I asked to be manager. I never went back to playing.
"I actually like this better than playing. This is better for me."
Tomlinson's duties on game day include keeping the scorebook, helping carry soccer balls and ice to the field and writing down the names of players from both teams in the scorebook.
At practice she helps Kimble set up cones on the field for drills and helps out with anything else that needs to be done.
The knee surgeries haven't prevented Tomlinson from continuing to play hockey, her favorite sport. One surgery did force her to sit out her sophomore hockey season. Otherwise, hockey has been less stressful on her knees than soccer.
"That's another reason I don't play (soccer anymore)," she said. "I'm too nervous about hurting my knee. Soccer is before hockey and I don't want to hurt my knee again playing soccer.
"My knee still hurts. I still have problems with it but it's as good as it's going to get."
Tomlinson relates to books other than scorebooks. She's a 3.8 student and a scrapbooker.
"I like to scrapbook on weekends," she said. "I've been trying to do a scrapbook for every year since ninth grade, with events like Christmas Ball, prom, the first day of school, things like that."
The senior plans to attend the University of North Dakota next fall but hasn't thought about continuing as a student manager.
"I guess if I found a team that needed a manager I would do it, but I don't have any plans of doing it," she said. "I'm going to try and focus on my school work."
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