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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Abby Gindorff Year: Senior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Center Highlights: Finished with 24 points against Deer River and 14 points and nine rebounds against Staples-Motley Abby Gindorff's largest contributions go mostly unseen. But make no mistake the senior has been, and continues to be, a key ingredient to the Crosby-Ironton basketball team's progress. The two-year starter and four-year varsity player is one of just two seniors on a roster that starts two freshmen.
Noah Gindorff Year: Sophomore School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Center Highlights: Leads Rangers with 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game Noah Gindorff might be the most imposing sophomore the area has seen in awhile. Standing a sturdy 6-foot-5, Gindorff has been the anchor of the Crosby-Ironton Rangers' defense, which is holding opposing teams to 47.4 points per game. The two-year varsity player is doing it on both ends for the Rangers. Gindorff led the Rangers with 17 points in a 58-56 victory over Nevis Feb.
State wrestling What: Class 1A team tournament Who: Pierz Pioneers (25-4) vs. No. 2-seeded Frazee (16-2) When: 11 a.m. Thursday Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Either the Pierz Pioneers or the Frazee Hornets will suffer their first dual meet loss in more than a month. No. 11-ranked Pierz last lost a dual meet Jan. 12. No. 2-ranked and second-seeded Frazee last lost Jan. 13. These two traditional state powers will square off in the Class 1A state team quarterfinals 11 a.m.
Pequot Lakes 56, Staples-Motley 55 The key: Offensive rebounds - Pequot scored 10 second-chance points Conf: PL 7-3, SM 6-4 Overall: PL 17-8, SM 18-6 Next: Staples-Motley at New York Mills 7:30 p.m.
The last time Trisha Abear celebrated winning a state dance team trophy she was a member of the team. Fast forward 17 years and the Crosby-Ironton alumnus enjoyed the feeling again Feb. 14 at Target Center in Minneapolis with her daughter, Maddie Midthun. Midthun, an eighth-grader, helped C-I win a Class 1A third-place trophy in high kick. C-I also placed fifth in the Feb. 13 jazz finals. That was the first state dance team trophy C-I has won since Abear helped claim one in 1998. It's a time gap C-I head coach Amy Turk hopes doesn't happen again.
Little Falls 54, Brainerd 44 Key: Little Falls was 17-21 from foul line in second half Overall: Brd 12-14, LF 16-10 Next: Brainerd in Section 8-4A playoffs Tuesday TBA; Little Falls in Section 8-3A playoffs Tuesday TBA Little Falls head coach Kevin Jordan said a zone defense looks better when the other team's shots don't fall. The Flyers' zone looked very good Friday as it held the Brainerd Warriors to 36-percent shooting from the field, including 9-of-29 from 3-point, leading to a 54-44 non-conference victory at Brainerd High School. "We couldn't shoot," said Warriors head coach Scott
Amber Robben Year: Sophomore School: Staples-Motley Sport: Basketball Position: Point guard Highlights: Scored 17 points against Pillager Goal No. 1: Win a starting job. Amber Robben did just that as she runs the point for the 17-5 Staples-Motley Cardinals girls basketball team. Goal No. 2: Be the best she can be on defense. In Robben's opinion that's her biggest strength on the court "She is one of the best defenders on our team," said Cardinals head coach Craig Wolhowe. "She is always guarding the other team's top perimeter player. She is quick.
Aaron Weber Year: Junior School: Pierz Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 78 points, six rebounds and five assists in three games last week Aaron Weber just wants to win. The Pierz Pioneers' junior has won consistently on the football field. He's won consistently on the baseball diamond. Where he and his teammates haven't quite found consistent success on the basketball court. Last week they did. The junior tallied 21 points on 6-of-12 shooting against Holdingford Feb. 10.
Moorhead 70, Warriors 67 Key: Key rebounds help Spuds top Brainerd Overall: Brd 10-11, M 15-7 Next: Brainerd at Sauk Rapids 7:30 p.m. Friday It was a matter of quality over quantity for the Moorhead Spuds Tuesday. The Brainerd Warriors outrebounded Moorhead 40-32 during their Section 8-4A matchup at Brainerd High School.
There was no controversy for Aitkin Saturday. For the second year in a row, and seventh time in program history, Aitkin was crowned the Class 1A state high kick champions at Target Center in Minneapolis. Crosby-Ironton, which also advanced to the finals, finished third. Aitkin's Mariah Trotter and Madison Kuppich were named to Class 1A all-tournament team as were Mikaela Hartman and Madeline Oren of C-I. Aitkin's other titles were in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2014. Yellow Medicine East finished second, Montevideo fourth, BOLD fifth and PACT Charter School sixth. Brainerd did not a