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
- 4 years 7 months
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.
Girls golf Head coach: Todd Person (third year) 2014 finish: Fourth place in CLC, fifth in Section 8-3A Returning section team members: Hannah Moen, Emily Aga, Julia Wallace, Sarah Pohlkamp, Rachel Cleveland Assistant coach: Marcus Aulie For the first time in Hannah Moen's golfing career, she won't be playing with Jenny Muesing. The graduated Muesing is now playing women's golf for Lipscomb University in Tennessee, while Moen will lead the Brainerd Warriors during her senior season. Moen, along with junior Emily Aga, will captain Brainerd as it looks to improve on last year's third-pl
Brainerd Invite Individual: Brainerd scored eight firsts Next: Brainerd at Sartell Invite 4 p.m. Friday It didn't look like the first outdoor meet of the season for David Supinski. The senior narrowly missed breaking a school record and also dominated his other open event in Friday's outdoor season opener at Adamson Field. Supinski recorded a 49.65 in the 400-meter dash. But after time adjustments he just missed breaking Bill Palmquist's 1987 school record of 49.86. Supinski's adjusted time moved to 49.94 to put him second on the all-time list. "It felt hard," Supinski.
Brainerd Invite Individual: Brainerd scored four firsts Next: Brainerd at Sartell Invite 4 p.m. April 17. For Jaelyn Kappes it was a good first step - or leap. The Brainerd Warriors' sophomore jumped out to a first-place 33-foot-0.5 in the triple jump and finished third in the long jump in the outdoor season opener Friday at Adamson Field. Kappes leaped 15-3.5 in the long jump. Both of her efforts were personal bests. "I just wanted to get a good jump in," said Kappes. "I was thinking maybe a (personal record), which happened.