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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Brainerd Invite Team: Pequot landed five in top 10 Individual: Maggie Heggerston shot 80 to win Next: Brained at St. Cloud Invite at St. Cloud Country Club Thursday; Crosby-Ironton, Staples-Motley, Wadena-Deer Creek at Detroit Lakes Invite 1:30 p.m. Tuesday. EAST GULL LAKE - Maggie Heggerston called it ironic. The rest of the field at Wednesday's Brainerd Invite at The Classic at Madden's called it difficult and the scores indicated it. Heggerston collected her first medalist honor of the season despite shooting one of her highest scores in more than two years.
Noah Boser Year: Junior. School: Pierz. Sport: Baseball. Position: Center fielder. Highlights: Finished 6-10 with double, two triples, 8 RBIs and two runs in two wins last week. In one week last summer, Noah Boser played 23 baseball games. And the Pierz Pioneers' junior loved it. Baseball is Boser's passion and for all the right reasons. "Going out to the field on a beautiful, sunny day in 75-degree weather and going out to play baseball, oh man, it's just the best. I love it," said Boser. The three-year varsity veteran is hitting .452 in the Pioneers' first 13 games.
Megan Porta Year: Senior. School: PIne River-Backus. Sport: Track and field. Position: discus, long jump. Highlights: Won five events last week and three this week. Four years ago, Megan Porta made a decision. It appears to be the right one. Sidelined during her freshman seasons of volleyball and basketball with a tumor on her femur, Porta felt adding a spring sport to her resume might help. Despite all of her friends being out for the successful Pine River-Backus softball team, Porta choice track and field.
Drew Nordean Year: Junior School: Aitkin Sport: Baseball Position: Catcher, pitcher Drew Nordean understands pitching from differing perspectives. When the Aitkin junior isn't at his normal starting catcher position, he's pitching for the unbeaten Gobblers. Having a point-of-view from both sides of the plate has helped the two-year varsity player to a good start. "I think it's nice because I know what (Aitkin head coach Jeremy) Janzen wants to call," said Nordean. "I'm already prepared from what's coming when I'm on the mound.
Millie Klefsaas Year: Sophomore School: Staples-Motley Sport: Track and field Events: Hurdles, pole vault Highlights: Won three events at W-DC and two at Staples Millie Klefsaas has a unique view on things. The Staples-Motley track and field veteran doesn't enjoy running the 300-meter hurdles, but she's pretty good at it. Klefsaas clocked a first-place 51.06 at the Wadena-Deer Creek Invite April 28. "I just tell myself to keep running fast or you're going to clip a hurdle and fall so just keep your speed up," said Klefsaas. "Or I like to figure out how far I am until I'm done.
Warriors split Key: Madi Hill threw a three-hit shutout in Game One Conf: Brd 4-1, Alex 3-3 Overall: Brd 7-3, Alex 5-4 Next: Brainerd at St. Cloud Apollo 4 p.m. Thursday (2) There's a never-say-die attitude permeating out of the Brainerd Warriors' dugout this season. After blowing out the Alexandria Cardinals 10-0 in Game One of Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference doubleheader at Adamson Field in Brainerd, the Warriors saw themselves on the other end of it in Game Two. Trailing 9-1, Brainerd mounted a comeback.
Logan Jackson Year: Senior School: Pillager Sport: Golf Highlights: Shot 73 to win Quad County invite at Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course Logan Jackson isn't afraid to hit a bad shot. That fearlessness and confidence might be why he hits so many good ones. The Pillager Huskies' senior has won two of the three golf tournaments he's played in this season, including a season-low 73 at Tipsinah Mounds Golf Course April 14 in Elbow Lake. "I opened up with three bogeys and I was kind of feeling down at that point," said Jackson. "I hit a couple of bad shots on a hole and I made a par.
Kathryn Miska Year: Junior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Softball Position: Pitcher Highlights: Pitched two no-hitters last week Kathryn Miska is taking everyone by surprise. With the graduation of pitcher Katie White, opposing teams were likely hoping for a break against the powerhouse Pequot Lakes softball team. The Patriots remain a force and Miska is a big reason. The junior pitcher owns a 4-0 record with a 0.88 ERA.
Pequot Invite Individual highlight: Muesing showed consistency, Israelson rebounded Team highlight: Brainerd stays in second Next: Brainerd Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus, Staples-Motley hosts Cardinal Invite at Vintage at Staples 9:30 a.m.
During his school years Brock Tesdahl was the consummate team player. Now without a team, Tesdahl is going solo. His latest tour stop landed him in Boston where he ran in Monday's Boston Marathon. The Crosby-Ironton graduate finished in 2:50:33 for 994th place out of 30,251 fellow runners. "It went really well," said Tesdahl after the marathon. "The weather conditions were really cold, wet and windy so I kind of knew going into it that it was going to be difficult, but I'm still happy with how everything went. It was a fun race, too. There was a lot of support.