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 4 months
Warriors 106, Fergus Falls 65 Key: Warriors swam 11 first-place times Conf: Brd 5-2, FF 3-3 Overall: Brd 5-2, FF 3-3 Next: Brainerd hosts Sauk Rapids 6 p.m. Feb. 5 Peder Smith is at a slight disadvantage. Don't expect any excuses from the shorter Brainerd Warrior, who continued his onslaught on Central Lakes Conference competition with a sweep of the distance freestyles during Thursday's 106-65 victory over Fergus Falls at Brainerd High School. Smith, who holds the school record in the 500 free, swam a 5:26.25 for first place.
Rocori 68, Warriors 59 Key: Jon Olson scored 18 second-half points for the Spartans Conf: Brd 6-4, R 7-2 Overall: Brd 8-9, R 13-4 Next: Brainerd at Fergus Falls 7:30 p.m. Friday Just a little bit better. That's the best way to describe the Rocori Spartans, who shot a little better, took care of the ball a little better and scored a little more to beat the Brainerd Warriors 68-59 Tuesday night at Brainerd High School. Brainerd shot 50 percent from the field. Rocori shot 55 percent. Brainerd finished with just 13 turnovers.
Dan Nordean Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Wrestling Position: 138 pounds Highlights: Picked up 60th win Thursday Early in Dan Nordean's wrestling career he witnessed his cousin Matt Christensen competing in the Class 1A state tournament. Ever since 2008, the year Christensen podiumed and at the time became the all-time winningest Aitkin wrestler, a state appearance has been Nordean's goal. Now in his senior season, Nordean is doing everything he can to make that goal a reality. "I really looked up to (Christensen) a lot growing up," said Nordean. "I wanted to beat his records.
Grace Wolhowe Year: Senior School: Staples-Motley Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Scored 50 points in two wins last week Basketball has always been something more than a sport for the Wolhowe family. Never more so than this year, perhaps, as first-year head coach Craig Wolhowe gets the pleasure of coaching his senior daughter Grace for the Staples-Motley Cardinals. The duo seem to be working well together as the Cardinals sit at 10-2 overall. During two victories last week, Grace Wolhowe posted 27 points and 10 rebounds leading to a 66-41 victory over Fergus Falls Jan
Crosby-Ironton 52, Esko 34 Key: Daniel Hudrlik and Noah Gindorff each finished with 20 and 10 points Overall: CI 9-4; E 9-4 Next: Crosby-Ironton hosts Detroit Lakes 7:15 p.m. Friday CROSBY - Two is usually better than one. That was the case Tuesday night as Daniel Hudrlik and Noah Gindorff dominated the paint and led the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 52-34 victory over the Esko Eskomos in the Ranger Gym. Hudrlik, a 6-foot-3 senior, finished with 21 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots. Gindorff, a sophomore, tallied 22 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks.
Jenna Ruzich of Baxter won the women's division and finished eighth overall during the 17-kilometer Skate Sisu Ski Fest event Saturday in Ironwood, Mich. Ruzich finished in 1:04:19. Cam Christiansen of Nisswa posted the winning time of 39:23 during Saturday's MNCup event at Snowflake Nordic Center in Duluth. Christiansen shot 1,1,0,1 to finish ahead of third-place finisher Zean Baker, Nisswa, who shot 1,0,3,2 and finished in 42:25. The next event will be Jan. 24 in Nisswa.
Trent Petro earned a decision at 178 pounds during the main event of Saturday's Golden Gloves Boxing bout at the Wadena Armory. Petro outlasted Avery Miller of St. Cloud in the four-round match. Rayne Denzel of Wadena decisioned Jackson Knapp of St. Cloud at 135 pounds. Diego Bojoquez lost his first career match at 125 pounds to James Robinson of Leech Lake. Matt Umland of Verndale lost to Ronnie Hulleh of Leech Lake during their 115-pound match. Wadena's next home card will be 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at the Wadena Armory.
Joe Haug Year: Junior Team: North Dakota State University Bison Sport: Football Position: Left tackle Measurables: 6-foot-6, 299 pounds Highlights: Helped Bison to fourth-straight National Championship Joe Haeg will not declare for this April's NFL draft - there is still work to be done. Haeg and the North Dakota State University Bison secured their fourth straight FCS national championship Saturday and in turn landed the top spot in final FCS poll after finishing the season 15-1. The redshirt junior, who has played in three of those title games, said this offseason will be all abou
Warriors 62, Willmar 36 Key: Brainerd forced 23 Willmar turnovers Conf: Brd 5-2, Will 0-7 Overall: Brd 7-6, Will 2-10 Next: Brainerd at Sauk Rapids 7:30 p.m. Thursday Chris Pederson was bouncing off the walls before Friday's game. He was close to jumping out of the gym during it. The 6-foot-5 junior forward energized the Brainerd Warriors to a 62-36 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Willmar Cardinals at Brainerd High School. Pederson led all scorers with 15 points, but it's the shots he missed that captured the attention of the crowd.
Warriors split Key: Brainerd won nine matches against Sartell, only four against Bemidji Conf: Brd 4-0, Sar 0-3 Overall: Brd 5-3, Sar 0-8, Bem 10-4 Next: Brainerd at Bemidji tournament 9:30 a.m.