THE HORNET WRESTLING TEAM worked out earlier this week under new Head Coach Evan Warnert. Big Lake hosts Buffalo Tuesday ina dual meet to start the season. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

Wrestlers ready to get started

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Staff Writer
Ken Francis
The Big Lake wrestling team is anxious to get the season underway.
“Our team is looking good and they’re all very excited about the season,” says new Head Coach Evan Warnert. “It’s going to be a full lineup. Some of the teams I’ve coached for before struggled to have a full lineup.” 
Warnert is coaching a team that lost a few strong wrestlers to graduation. Gone are Cody and Cole Knaeble and Brandon Holthaus. All three won plenty of matches during their career. Also gone are Michael Blume and Colton Pollock, both of whom made it to the state tournament last year. 
But the Hornet have a solid team again this season.
“Overall, we’ve got great leadership.  We’ve got a good group of five or six seniors who are going to be starting in our lineup,” says Warnert. “We’ve got a  couple of guys looking to take that next step.”
Logan Donais is determined to get to the state tournament his year. 
“He’s working like a madman now. Josiah Brown wants to get back to the state tournament and place,” says Warnert. And we’ve two guys - Patrick  Liebl at 120 and Dylan  Pothen at 152. Those guys are working their tails off right now.”
Warnert says he is still looking at his tentative lineup to start the season. But there is lots of competition to fill those spots. He says if the season started today his lineup might 
look like: 106 Charlie Gellerman; 113 Logan Donais; 120 Heath Foster, Caleb Juhl; 132 and 138 Derek Helgoe, Drew Kern ; 145 Parker Millam; 152 Dylan Pothen; 160 AJ Sandford;, 170 and 182 Tanner Snare, Josiah Brown and Alex Neeser; 182/195 Wyatt Juhl; 220 and Heavyweight Chaz Nordstrom and Garrett Moran.
“We are looking good. I don’t know what to expect yet, but I’ve told them they can be as good as they want to be. It depends on who is ready to take that next step,” says Warnert. “So far, a lot of them are on track to take that next step and make this team a contender. The guys have been training really hard and they’re chomping at the bit for Tuesday against Buffalo.”
The Hornets host the Bison in a duel meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, then visit Litchfield on Saturday.
 

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BABY LIAM SCHUMACHER and marathon runner Amy Visci who returns to Boston this year to support Team Liam. (Submitted photo).

WATERSHED EVENT. Sherburne SWCD Watershed Coordinator Tiffany Determan will host the third-annual Mississippi Watershed Event Thursday, April 24 from 4-7 p.m. in the Monticello Community Center at 505 Walnut St. SWCD staff and experts from state and federal agencies will be on hand to discuss lake and stream renovation projects, and refreshments will be served. (David Hannula photo.)

PAPER TRAIL. Newspapers, tax records, plat books and dozens of other books and printed items in the collection at the Sherburne History Center were highlighted during the "Day at the Museum" tour at the facility last Saturday. One day, the newspapers shown here and many others will be available on a computer screen, SHC officials said, making family historical research a much more convenient process. (David Hannula photo.)

OUTSTANDING FORESTRY AWARD. Sherburne SWCD Conservationist Gina Hugo received this Minnesota Community Forestry Award in March for her work in five urban communities in the previous year. (David Hannula photos.)

POSING FOR A PICTURE WITH THE EASTER BUNNY are Johnny, Olivia, Joe and Jacob O’Brien. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).