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
- 5 years 10 months
Pierz 35, EV-W 20 Key: Pierz rattled off 19-play, 9-minute drive in second half Conf: Prz 2-1, EVW 2-1 Overall: Prz 3-1, EVW 3-1 Next: Pierz at Howard Lake-Waverly 7 p.m. Friday PIERZ—Even with splashes of flash, it was grind-it-out football that pushed Pierz to a 35-20 victory Friday.
Ridge Hunstad Year: Senior School: Pillager Sport: Football Position: Running back, cornerback Highlights: Rushed for 271 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries against New York Mills Ridge Hunstad is a young man of few words. If the Pillager Huskies senior does say something, it carries weight in the football locker room. But the four-year varsity contributor makes his best statements on the field.
Izabella Edin Year: Senior School: Staples-Motley Sport: Tennis Position: No. 1 singles Highlights: Won the Mid-State Conference singles title She's back. After a year of playing United States Tennis Association tournaments, Izabella Edin returned to the Staples-Motley Cardinals' girls tennis team where she is owning No. 1 singles competition this season. Edin is 20-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Class 1A individual poll. It's one spot up from where she started the season.
For Payge Fitterer and Kate Kurtzman it was over in no time. For others, like Brainerd's No. 1 and 2 doubles teams, it took a little longer. Regardless of time the end result was the same across the board as the Warriors swept the St. Cloud Apollo/Sauk Rapids-Rice/St. Cloud Cathedral Collision 7-0 Thursday at Brainerd High School.
Tyler Moore Year: Senior School: Little Falls Sport: Cross country Highlights: Victories at the Run for the Melon and W-DC's Johanna Olson Invites With the help of his coach, Tyler Moore constructed a race strategy earlier in his junior season that catapulted him into the upper echelon of cross country runners.
Aitkin 20, Crosby-Ironton 14 Key: Caleb Curtiss scored two Aitkin touchdowns Conf: A 1-0, CI 0-1 Overall: A 2-1, CI 2-1 Next: Aitkin at Pine City 7 p.m. Friday; Crosby-Ironton hosts Esko 7 p.m. Friday AITKIN—No. 40 would have approved. In typical Aitkin vs. Crosby-Ironton fashion, Friday's Northeast Blue Subdistrict game came down to one play and for the second-straight year it went in favor of the Gobblers.
Warriors 2, Apollo 2 Key: Brainerd scored two second-half goals to force a tie Conf: Brd 1-0-1, SCA 1-0-1 Overall: Brd 3-0-1, SCA 2-0-2 Next: Brainerd vs. St. Cloud Tech at St. Cloud State University 7 p.m. Thursday Having options is good and the Brainerd Warriors used a good option to tie Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference clash with the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles.
In just four years, the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Biking Team has doubled in size. It's developed a state championship team, a third-place team and an individual state champion. This season, talk has concentrated on creating three teams within the club and the coaching staff believes the numbers and talent matches those goals. Head coach Shaun Anderson, who is a project coordinator for Wes Hanson Construction, volunteers his time as do his two assistant coaches Kate Swanson and Brandt Elson.
Emerging from the steam of a fast-boiling batch of penne could be the next crop of recognizable chefs in the Brainerd lakes area. The vessel for these masters of merriment and marinade to elevate into the spotlight could be the same venue that produced arguably the two most identifiable faces on the lakes area food scene—Prairie Bay.
Crosby-Ironton 58, East Central 12 Key: Jake Larson rushed for 141 yards and 4 C-I touchdowns Overall: CI 1-0, EC 0-1 Next: Crosby-Ironton vs. Braham at Brainerd 7 p.m. Friday The best play Friday may have been a 40-yard connection between two freshmen. But that was well after the Crosby-Ironton Rangers built a 52-point lead en route to a 58-12 season-opening victory over the East Central Eagles at Brainerd High School.