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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BAXTER — They didn’t lose, but the Brainerd Warriors weren’t happy Tuesday. For the second straight Central Lakes Conference game, the Warriors’ hopes for victory were deflated to a tie. The latest — a 0-0 stalemate against the Sauk Rapids Storm at Southdale Fields. Brainerd knew it was going to be a battle with top forwards Emily Beltran attending a religious camp and Hannah Lundstrom still out with injury. Their absence, however, didn’t affect Brainerd’s confidence.
PILLAGER — The Pillager Huskies were held scoreless in the fourth quarter Friday. But what they did in the first three quarters was enough to win most football games. Pillager’s varsity offense scored on six of its seven possessions leading to a 70-28 North Star Conference victory over the Blackduck Drakes Friday. The one time Pillager didn’t score was when the first half clock expired with Pillager owning a 40-0 halftime edge.
Mattia Hendrickson is not shy about talking about her goals this season. The senior cross country runner for the Little Falls Flyers has Nov. 3 on her mind. That’s the date of the Class 2A state cross country meet at St. Olaf College in Northfield. Hendrickson plans on going. Unlike in years past, however, she plans on running in this year’s event.
Be patient. Imagine hearing that while holding a football with 11 angry opponents striving to bring you to the ground. Just be patient. With speed that helped a 4x100 relay team to the Class 1A state meet last season, Tyler Tappe’s instincts are to get the ball and run as fast as he can to the end zone. So the phrase “be patient” took a while to connect with the junior tailback, wide receiver and defensive back for the Pequot Lakes Patriots.
EAST GULL LAKE — Fall is the best time to golf in the Brainerd lakes area so why wouldn’t it also be the best time to learn or improve one’s game? That’s the thinking of Chris Foley, PGA Master professional and owner of Chris Foley Golf Schools at Cragun’s Legacy Courses. Foley is starting two new programs this fall that he hopes will introduce new players to the game as well as provide one segment of the population with some exercise.
Sartell capitalized and then punctuated a Central Lakes Conference victory Thursday night. The 2-2 Sarbres punched in a penalty kick and a free kick and then scored another goal on a breakaway to defeat the Brainerd Warriors 3-0 in Baxter. The Sabres’ Zachary Jacobson scored the game’s first goal at 29:08 on a penalty kick near the penalty area. The junior went low right to beat Brainerd’s Joseph Anderholm. In the second period, Carter Kasianov earned a free kick. His shot sailed over Brainerd’s human wall and just under the cross bar for a 2-0 advantage at 56:15.
Jude Severson didn’t puke. He didn’t even feel the need after crossing the finish line at Friday’s Run for the Melon Invite at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. The Crosby-Ironton junior snuck by his teammate, Will Goodwin, at the finish line to place third and help the Rangers to second place in the season-opening, but grueling event.
CROSBY — Things didn’t go as Mike Gindorff had expected. The head coach for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers watched his team shoot itself in the foot so many times during a preseason scrimmage he was prepared for the worst on Friday. What he got was a near perfect non-conference opener in which the Rangers rattled the Mesabi East Giants 62-0. C-I committed just one penalty, which was declined. The Rangers enjoyed a turnover free game and scored on every possession in the first half.
It was good, but not good enough for Allison Kosobud. The captain of the Brainerd Warriors repeated her fourth-place finish Friday in the Run for the Melon event at Brainerd’s Northland Arboretum, but it wasn’t the place she was worried about. It was her time. Kosobud, who ran a fourth-place 16:50 at last year’s event, opened her senior campaign with a 16:20. Good, but... “I feel pretty good,” she said. “I was hoping to improve my time a little bit more than I did, but I feel like I left it all out there and I think that’s all I can really hope for.”
The Brainerd Warriors are young, but have miles of experience. Senior Allison Kosobud leads a squad of young veterans into the 2012 campaign. And there is hope that even with a stacked Section 8-2A field, this year’s squad can improve on last year’s fifth-place section finish.