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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Mikayla Wing was confident. And why shouldn’t she have been? The Staples-Motley Cardinals junior was the defending Mid-State Conference champion at No. 1 singles. She had already beaten everyone in her bracket. Plus, her game has seen improvement. So, on Sept. 15, when Wing and the rest of the Cardinals traveled to Park Rapids for this year’s Mid-State Conference tournament, Wing was ready.
NISSWA — While not native to the Brainerd lakes area, Jake’s City Grille has established strong roots in the region. Jake’s ability to immerse itself into the local cuisine culture is helped by its relaxed, casual atmosphere in an area known more for its large Gull Lake homes and expansive resorts. But Jake’s best calling card is the food and common themes, done uncommonly well. A quick glance at the appetizer menu gives evidence to variety, cultural diversity and an opportunity to explore a range of flavors.
There was increased energy at the Brainerd High School gym Tuesday. Fan appreciation night helped as loads of Brainerd students were in attendance, but that wasn’t it. No, the added bounce in Brainerd’s step was generated because of the opponent. The Alexandria Cardinals were in town and brought with them a 12-match win streak against the Warriors. The last time Brainerd beat Alexandria was Sept. 11, 2003. That victory snapped Alex’s 38-straight win streak against Brainerd.
Sara Wennerstrand in two words: Consistently steady. That quality, along with a strong forehand, helped propel the Brainerd Warriors junior to a 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) victory over St. Cloud Tech’s Katelyn Tarrolly Monday at Brainerd High School. Wennerstrand’s win was the lone point for the Warriors, who fell to Tech 6-1 in a match of the top two Central Lakes Conference teams. Tech remained unbeaten in conference play at 6-0. Brainerd dropped to 4-2. The two teams will square off in the regular season finale for Brainerd. By that time Brooke Mimmack should be healthy.
Emily Miron is headed west, but not before she takes care of business at home. The senior middle hitter will take her volleyball talents to North Dakota State University next season as she committed to the Division I University in Fargo. But until that happens, she has committed to helping perennial state participant Wadena-Deer Creek continue its stranglehold on Section 8-2A.
Scoring points has not been a problem for the Pine River-Backus Tigers this season. One of many reasons has been the play of first-year varsity quarterback Beau Howard. The senior moved from wide out to behind center this season, but may as well call the end zone his place of residence. Howard scored on a 2-yard touchdown run and threw for three more touchdowns in the Tigers’ 40-12 North Star Conference win over the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves Sept. 7.
PIERZ — It was a matter of getting back to basics. The Pierz Pioneers suffered through a grueling five days of practice prior to Friday’s Central Minnesota Conference contest against Howard Lake-Waverly. Then the Pioneers took out their frustrations against the Lakers to the tune of a 47-20 victory. The sense of urgency came from a Sept. 7 loss to Holdingford where Pierz fumbled three times from within the 5-yard line and lost 12-7.
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.