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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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.
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.
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.