My career at the Brainerd Dispatch began May 11, 1999 after graduating from North Dakota State University.
My areas of emphasis includes local high school sports, Central Lakes College, the lakes area golf mecca and once a year I dabble in the NHRA when the Lucas Oil Nationals come to Brainerd International Raceway.
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ST. CLOUD—Leo Pohlkamp said it best, "Pierz boys like to play in the snow." That was evident as the top-ranked and defending state champion Pioneers put up 40 second-quarter points en route to a 60-12 Class 3A state quarterfinal win over the Annandale Cardinals Saturday, Nov. 10 at St. Cloud State University. A continuous snowfall coupled with temperatures in the teens created a white blanket on the turf field at Husky Stadium. That didn't affect the Pioneers who rushed for 421 yards and didn't turn the ball over.
Pierz's road to a Class 3A state title defense will not be easy and it starts with No. 6-ranked Annandale at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at St. Cloud State University. The top-ranked Pioneers, winners of 23 straight, own a Quality Results Formula ranking of 3 despite holding teams to 3A's second-lowest average of 10.4 points per game and averaging 49.4 points per game, which is tops in 3A The Pioneers have advanced to their 15th state tournament and sixth straight. In those six years, they've won state titles in 2015 and last year.
ALEXANDRIA—Max Weidner was in the hearts and on the minds of his teammates. And it appeared to affect the Paynesville Bulldogs late in the first half just after the senior quarterback left the game with an ankle injury. Once the second half started it was a benefit to have Weidner to play for as the 11th-ranked Bulldogs knocked off the No. 7-ranked Pillager Huskies 52-14 in the Class 2A state quarterfinals Friday, Nov. 9. As Weidner was leaving the field on a cart, he challenged his teammates to continue the season for him.
Both are state tournament savvy. Both have their distinct way of doing things. And both coaches are keeping any game plan wrinkles close to their vest, which should mean the Class 2A state quarterfinal between the Pillager Huskies and Paynesville Bulldogs could be a classic when they square off 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at Alexandria High School.
A good first goal for the Verndale Pirates might be to get a lead against the Mountain Lake Wolverines. Mountain Lake has not trailed all season, but the Pirates will get a chance to change that 7 pm. Friday, Nov. 9, in the Nine-Man state quarterfinals at Buffalo High School. The third-ranked Pirates enter their 16th state tournament with an 11-0 record after winning the Section 4 title 12-0 over Underwood.
For the first 2 miles, Emmet Anderson was there. Mile 3, however, belonged to Geno Uhrbom of Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin, who captured the Class 1A individual title with a winning time of 15:38.0, while Anderson placed third Saturday, Nov. 3, at the State Cross-Country Meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Anderson kept pace for the first 2 miles running a 4:49 first mile to Uhrbom's 4:49. Anderson was clocked at 10:00 after mile 2. He was sitting tied for third with Uhrbom clocking a 9:49. The Cardinals Sophomore crossed the finish line in 16:07.5 to lead the Cardinals to seventh place as a team.
ST. CLOUD—New London-Spicer had the size, but Pierz had everything else. The top-seeded and top-ranked Pioneers withstood a flurry of body blows to start the Section 6-3A final Friday, Nov. 2, at St. Cloud State University to eventually knock out the No. 2 seeded and seventh-ranked Wildcats 44-6.
State meet What: Class 1A state cross-country meet When: Class 1A boys 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3; Class 1A girls 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 Where: St. Olaf College, Northfield Teams: Staples-Motley Cardinals boys and girls Individuals: Eight lakes area individuals will compete Bruce Fuhrman gambled and it should pay off for the Staples-Motley Cardinals.
There is just one black mark on the Underwood Rockets' football season. And that was put there by top-seeded and No. 3 ranked Verndale, which will look to add another as well as finish the Rockets' season 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Fargodome in the Section 4, Nine-Man final.
The spring of 2015 was a good time to be a Riewer. The youngest of four siblings, Jordan Riewer, was leading the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons deep into the NCAA Division II men's basketball national playoffs. The family borrowed a friend's RV and road-tripped to Indiana to watch Jordan and the Dragons play in the school's only Elite 8 appearance. The five years Jordan played in Moorhead were some of the best times to be a Riewer and some of the closest, said Aaron Otteson, the eldest sibling of the group.