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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CROSBY — The Crosby-Ironton Rangers didn’t defeat themselves. Last week, they did. The week before that they almost did. On Friday, they did not and took a step toward regaining the top seed in the Section 6-2A playoffs with a 38-16 victory over the previously unbeaten Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars. One interception in the first half and three penalties for 20 yards were about the only things the Rangers did wrong.
Jaelin Beachy is already swimming state qualifying times. That doesn’t matter. Beachy, a junior at Staples-Motley, has already been to the state meet twice. That doesn’t matter. She finished sixth in last year’s 100-yard breaststroke at the Class 1A state meet. Again, who cares? Beachy owns school, pool and meet records at most venues she visits. To her that means nothing. And here is why.
Homecoming wasn’t looking very welcoming for the Little Falls Flyers. Even after Collin Eckman returned the opening kickoff of the Sept. 29 football game 88 yards for a 6-0 Flyers lead, things weren’t looking good. “We weren’t expecting that, it just pretty much came open,” said Eckman of the opening return. “We blocked it perfectly and I saw the seam and didn’t stop running.” Then things went south fast. Mora scored 26 straight points and it looked like another tough loss for the Flyers, who started the season 0-3.
BAXTER — There are few ways the crew at Prairie Bay Grill and Catering haven’t tried to connect with its neighbors. From the use of locally grown products, to hosting fundraisers, to the Joe Plut Reading Room, Prairie Bay has done its part to assimilate itself into the lakes area. Prairie Bay’s biggest foray into being neighborly is its food. Quality, locally grown ingredients (during the season) and a bit of whimsical adventure and you get the Prairie Bay menu. There is also a fearlessness to it. An almost challenge to its customers: “Trust us. It’s good. Honest.”
BAXTER — Sartell can change its nickname from Sabres to Spoilers. That’s what they it did Tuesday at Southdale Fields by handing the Brainerd Warriors their first loss of the season. After tying Brainerd 1-1 Sept. 6 in Sartell, the Sabres battled to a 3-1 victory preventing the Warriors from claiming an unbeaten conference record.
Monday’s practice was spent deconstructing the smaller details of volleyball. The Central Lakes College Raiders worked on communication, listening and passing. The deficiencies were discovered after two losses at the North Dakota State School of Science tournament Saturday. The Raiders, ranked 10th in the NJCAA Division III poll, saw their 13-match win streak snapped and their record fall to 14-5 after losses to Bismarck and Williston.
Last Friday’s 20-12 loss to Eveleth-Gilbert was a hard way to celebrate homecoming for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers. It hurt more Saturday morning when the Rangers saw what happened to their top seed in the Section 6-2A standings. The Rangers dropped to third in a section that seeds off the Quality Results Formula (QRF). They are behind Holdingford (No. 16) and the current top-seeded Pierz (No. 15). The Rangers own a No. 17 ranking so winning out could bump them up should Holdingford or Pierz stumble. Pierz at No. 15 is a gross under-ranking.
PIERZ — The praise will rightfully go to Josh Lanners. Some should trickle down to the Pierz Pioneers’ offensive line, too. But the difference in Friday’s Central Minnesota Conference clash between the Pierz Pioneers and Eden Valley-Watkins was two late fourth quarter interceptions. The picks sealed Pierz’ 47-27 win. Up until Pierz’s Ben Boser and Brad Meyer stepped in front of the intended Eagles’ receivers, Pierz didn’t have an answer for EV-W’s passing game.
It’s rare for a sophomore to start at quarterback for the Verndale Pirates. Even more rare is that sophomore already has a year of starting experience. But Dillon Card is a rare athlete. The sophomore stands 6-foot-2 and weighs 200 pounds. That size helped the Pirates’ starting quarterback carry the load during a 20-14 Pheasant Conference victory over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy Sept. 21.
People in the prep volleyball world know Abby Palmer. And, after Palmer pounds a jump serve over the net for an ace, those that don’t know her soon learn. Palmer’s jump serve has taken hours of practice to pull off in a game. But it’s work she enjoys doing. “It’s not really a sport for me any more, it’s more of my life,” said Palmer. “I enjoy coming to practice every day. When we have a tournament on the weekend, I enjoy getting up early in the morning. It relieves all of my stress from school work. It’s just fun to go out and play volleyball.”