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.
- Member for
- 7 years 10 months
PIERZ—It was back to basics for the Pierz Pioneers. And in Pioneer country, that means running the ball. Pierz, Class 3A's top-ranked team and defending state champions, rushed the ball 44 times for 338 yards and five touchdowns, leading to a 34-6 defeat of Class 2A's sixth-ranked and previously unbeaten Maple Lake Friday, Sept. 14.
PEQUOT LAKES—Who says you need an offense? The Pequot Lakes Patriots didn't Friday, Sept. 7, as they used two interception returns for touchdowns and an 84-yard kickoff return for a score to defeat the Fergus Falls Otters 27-14 in a Midwest Red Subdistrict tilt. Pequot's offense accumulated just 158 total yards, while Fergus Falls tallied 387 yards of offense. But it was a bend-but-don't-break defense that kept Pequot close long enough for those big plays to pop.
It didn't take long for Taya Person and Heidi Jacobson to figure out how to win their No. 1 doubles match Thursday, Sept. 6. The senior pair dispatched the Bemidji Lumberjacks duo of Lexi Leitner-Hannah Nelson 6-4, 6-1 to lead the Brainerd Warriors to a 6-1 dual meet victory at Brainerd High School. Bemidji jumped out to a 3-1 edge before Person-Jacobson refocused and executed their strategy.
It's a good thing Brainerd Warriors head coach Rick Kuehlwein already has gray hair. The veteran coach saw his team start slow, but rally three times to defeat the Bemidji Lumberjacks 3-1 Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Brainerd High School. After an error-filled first set, in which Bemidji secured a 25-15 win, Brainerd refocused and collected 25-20, 26-24 and 27-25 victories for the team's first win of the season.
LITTLE FALLS—Glimpses of what could be highlighted a gloomy Friday, Aug. 31, afternoon in Little Falls. With heavy rain forecast for later in the day, game time for the Little Falls Flyers season opener against the Dassel-Cokato Chargers was moved to 1 p.m. The move looked to be perfect as a young Flyers offense hung with a veteran Chargers team for most of the first half. The sophomore combo of quarterback Austin Udy and wideout Luke Kush worked for two early touchdowns, the latter set up by a Jake Czajkowski fumble recovery on the Chargers' 18.
Whether with Nordic skiing or tennis, the athletes on the Brainerd Warriors boys cross country team have state experience. It's just not with running. The goal is to change that this year as the Warriors return five runners from last year's Section 8-2A and Central Lakes Conference meets.
The good news is the Brainerd Warriors have a healthy head coach back this year. The bad news is they lost state qualifying runner Lily Schaeffer to soccer. The hope is a cancer-free Dave Herath will help offset the loss of the team's top runner from last year and result in a fast-improving young squad.
With two cornerstone outside hitters in place, the Brainerd Warriors are hoping to make giant leaps in the win column. Senior Courtney Russell and junior Avery Eckman return to a Warriors team that started last year 1-8 before finishing 12-26 overall, including a Section 8-3A opening-round victory over Big Lake.
Warriors 126.5, Bemidji 59.5 Key: Warriors grabbed top 3 spots in four events Overall: Brd 1-0, Bem 0-1 Next: Brainerd hosts St. Cloud Apollo 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30 Dan Anderson knew his Brainerd Warriors had talent. He just wasn't sure if they were racers. Jacquilyn Rude showed everybody she and her Brainerd Warriors teammates were race ready Tuesday, Aug. 28, leading to a 126.5-59.5 season-opening victory over the Bemidji Lumberjacks at Brainerd High School.
Neither Greg Anderson nor Jason Line is happy with their season to date. Considering they are at different spectrums in the NHRA Pro Stock top 10 that might seem odd, but these two Minnesota natives can be odd. Anderson leads the Pro Stock division by 42 points and is the only driver in that category to have clinched a spot in the Countdown. --- --- --- --- --- Greg Anderson