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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For the second straight season, Brainerd area boys basketball fans won't have a horse in the race known as the Minnesota State High School League state tournament. Not since Brainerd's memorable 2013 run has the area had someone to cheer. This season, however, there is a team lakes area fans may want to put their hat in the ring with.
Cowboys 49, Rangers 47 Key: Ashton Hegge's lay in at the buzzer wins the game Overall: Breck 21-7, CI 22-8 Next: Breckenridge in Class 2A state quarterfinals at Target Center/Williams Arena in Minneapolis Wednesday MOORHEAD - Tyler Bormann thought his program was one year away - he was wrong. The third-year head coach watched his senior-led, third-seeded Breckenridge Cowboys hit a game-winning runner as time expired to break a 36-year state tournament drought Friday. Ashton Hegge, the only non-senior starter for Breckenridge lifted the ball off his fingertips as the backboard lit up to
Haley Wiebolt Year: Junior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Scored 15 points against Staples-Motley, 21 against East Grand Forks The more Haley Wiebolt scores the better passer she becomes. That may sound odds but Pequot Lakes head girls basketball coach Jon Dale explains: "She's a gamer, but she wasn't always like that. She's grown into the person I want to have shooting the ball at the end of the game. "She was more of a distributor last year. I've told her the more of a scoring threat she becomes the better passer she'll become.
Riley Loukinen Year: Junior School: Little Falls Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Scored 21 points in upset win over Alexandria They did it before and that was all the confidence the Little Falls Flyers needed the next time. That and 21 points from junior forward Riley Loukinen as the No. 7-seeded Flyers upset No. 2 Alexandria 67-56 in the Section 8-3A quarterfinals. Loukinen shot 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the field, including 80 percent (4-of-5) from 3-point. He also hit 7-of-8 free throws.
Section 8-2A final Who: North Subsection No. 2 seed Crosby-Ironton (22-7) Who: South Subsection No. 3 seed Breckenridge Cowboys (20-7) When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Concordia College, Moorhead At stake: Trip to Class 2A state tournament A look into the histories of the Breckenridge Cowboys and Crosby-Ironton Rangers and the numbers are stacked against the Cowboys. It's been 36 years since Breckenridge last played in a state tournament. C-I was Class 2A's runner-up in 2010 and has played in 20 total state tournaments - Breckenridge only six. History won't mean much once the 7 p.m.
Crosby-Ironton 64, Crookston 53 Key: Rangers hit 16-of-21 from the line, but missed just one in the final eight minutes Overall: CI 22-7, Crook 25-4 Next: Crosby-Ironton vs. Breckenridge in Section 8-2A final at Concordia University in Moorhead 7 p.m. Friday BEMIDJI - Evan Edmundson attempted just two shots, but few were bigger Tuesday. The 5-foot-11 sophomore came off the bench to drain two key 3-pointers propelling the No.
Dillon Card was close yet again. The 220-pound senior from Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale rolled into the championship match of the Class 1A individual state tournament Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. There, the top-ranked Card faced fifth-ranked Manuel Garcia of BOLD. Garcia handed Card his first loss of the season - an 8-3 decision. Card scored a 4-2 decision over sixth-ranked Ian Morrison of Chatfield in the semifinal round.
Andy Schlosser lost. And then he dominated. The Brainerd Warriors sophomore opened Saturday's second-day of the Class 3A individual state tournament losing to third-ranked Jamin LeDuc 8-7 in the championship semifinals at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. The loss dropped Schlosser into the wrestlebacks where the fourth-ranked 120 pounder pinned Ty Okada of East Ridge in 3:20 and then pinned Tanner Bay of Mounds View in 4:40 to claim third place. "That consolation semifinal match can be a tough one for kids," said Brainerd co-head coach Jim Kath.
Kolton Eischens and Dillon Card remained unbeaten as the two advanced to the Class 1A state individual semifinals Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Eischens, a junior 152-pounder from Pierz, opened with an 11-4 decision over Barnesville's eighth-ranked Conner Meyer. The top-ranked Eischens then posted a 14-3 victory over United South Central's Derek Herman, who is ranked No. 4, to improve to 41-0. It was Eischens' 150th career win. Eischens will face second-ranked Shane Siewert of Lake City.
Andy Schlosser is right where he wants to be. The Brainerd Warriors sophomore advanced to the 120-pound semifinals during Friday's opening rounds of the Class 3A individual state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center. Schlosser opened with a 9-5 decision over Eden Prairie's J.J Veytia. Class 3A's fourth-ranked wrestler then pinned Noah Buck of Rosemount in 3:53 to advance to the championship semifinals. "Andy has looked good in his first two matches,' said Warrior co-head coach Jim Kath. "He had a real good match in his quarterfinals today and beat a decent kid. He's looked very good.