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Friday, March 5, 2004
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Warrior Gridders Perfect Only in '38 Since 1925
♦  Only one perfect season in records dating back to 1925 has been enscribed in Brainerd high school's football annals, that the 7-0 standard established by Coach Ben Taylor's Warriors of 1938.

Golf Stock Issued Here in '22
♦  Paul Bunyan Vacationland is alive with fine golf courses and since it expanded to 18 holes and even more recently rebuilt its burned-out clubhouse into something more closely resembling a plush palace, the Brainerd Country club is right up there with the best of them.

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Whitey Skoog Greatest Of All Brainerd Cagers
♦  Greatest basketball player of them all, and Brainerd had turned out many a good one through the years, was one who played on two Warrior cage teams which finished 10-6 and 11-7 during the regular slate and then bowed out to C-I and Wadena in the district tourneys of 1943 and 1944.

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Raiders' Big Basketball Moment in 1949
♦  A long-time tailender in the Northern Junior College conference in basketball, the Brainerd State Junior college Red Raiders have taken on a new look under the guidance of Coach Harold Palmer, finishing second the past two campaigns in the Northwest division

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Warrior Fives 1-2-3-4-5 in State Meets
♦  Does Brainerd have a basketball history?

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Games, Sports Popular Even In Early Days
♦  Games and sports were flourishing in Brainerd even in its first decade, the 1870s. The first baseball club was organized in 1873 whe

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Donnybrooke Speedway
♦  GRAND OPENING spin in Jerry Hansen's swift Lola-Chev Formula A racing car was enjoyed at Donnybrooke Speedway Aug. 11, 1968

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Dispatch Helps Golden Gloves
♦  Golden Glove boxing started in Brainerd when Tom Hall literally "ran away from home" to take part in the 1933 Upper Midwest Golden Glove tourney. Hall late r became the Brainerd team's coach and his proteges, Tommy Herron and Ken Smart, were ready to take over when he elected to retire.

Stamp State Mat Champion
♦  Wrestling is a comparatively new sport on the high school level at least for Brainerd, starting in the 1955-56 school year under Harvey Shew as coach with Bob DeRosier a regional champion during a 3-2 season.

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Indoor Track, Cross Country Building Spring Sport Here
♦  Aided by a new high school which permits an excellent opportunity to hold dual meet early in the season and for cindermen to work out all season long, the track picture at Brainerd high school is on the up-swing despite the lack of an outdoor track worthy of the name.

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LaGuyal Lanes lifted pin scores here
♦  Bowling scores skyrocketed in Brainerd with the advent of the LaGuyal Lanes in 1958 and most of the 15 men who now belong to the 700 Club and the 28 members of the Women's 600 Club cleared those levels on those maples.

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Brainerd's Bender, Bush No-Hit Cleveland for Philadelphia A's
♦  Not one but two major league baseball pitchers, both hurling for the Philadelphia Athletics and recording no-hitters during the same era, is a record yet unmatched in Minnesota annals which can be claimed for native borns by Brainerd.

Bender, Score Ranked 6th, 7th All-Time
♦  A startling new system of rating major league baseball pitchers, disclosed by George Sisler, Jr., president of the International league and his father in the April 12 Sports Illustrated this year is of interest to Brainerd baseball fans.

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Score, Coleman spring to Majors
♦  HERB SCORE and Gordon Coleman, a pair of magical baseball names in the major leagues in the '50's and '60's, were also impressive performers for the Brainerd Braves (1951-53) at the tender ages of 17 and 18.

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Nick Wasnie's Slap Shot Of '30's Still Remembered
♦  "Nick Wasnie had one of the hardest shots the pros have ever seen," said John Mariucci, the former NHL star, Minnesota University coach and present Minnesota North Stars' assistant to the general manager when he addressed Amateur Hockey Awards night in Brainerd March 29.

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Amateur Hockey Resumes Here; Lost Grasp in 3O's
♦  With Brainerd now deeply involved in young fry hockey (Mites, Squirts and Bantams) and starting to play the game at the high school level with Bob House as the first Warrior coach, this is a sport which is expected to grow here steadily and to take off in a rush if the wherewithall is ever provided to construct an indoor rink.

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