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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Reilly Peterson had nothing nice to say. She said her butterfly was awful in the 200-yard individual medley. She said her start in the 100 freestyle was slow and she needs to improve a lot. The Brainerd sophomore may have been a bit hard on herself as she won both events and helped the Warriors’ 200 medley and 200 freestyle relays to victory in the Warriors’ 119-66 Central Lakes Conference victory Tuesday night at Brainerd High School.
His name says it all. Crosby-Ironton junior Will Goodwin ran a 17:15 to win the Ranger Invitational Oct. 4 at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge. It was the first career victory for the three-year varsity runner, who has helped the Rangers to the last two Class 1A state meets. Goodwin beat second-place runner Mike Ryan of Pequot Lakes by five seconds. “He came out and went after it from the get-go,” said Rangers head coach Erika Perpich. “He finished the race with a smile on his face. I think with maybe 400 meters left he knew he had this one for his first career win.”
Teresa Moenkedick is not perfect. She is, however, the perfect leader for the Verndale Pirates volleyball team. Moenkedick is the lone senior on the 16-6-1 Pirates so she handles the entire leadership duties. But she handles them well.
The Brainerd Lumberjacks will have one more game this year. The Midwest Premier Football league runners up will battle the Minnesota Silverbacks 7 p.m. Saturday at Aitkin High School in the Mojo Hydrate Elite Bowl. The Silverbacks played in the Southern Plains Football league this past season with teams from Albert Lea, North Iowa, Dodge Center and the Minnesota River Valley. The Southern Plains was a nine-man football league that the Silverbacks finished 3-4 in last season according to the league website.
PINE RIVER — Tom Demars called it efficient and deceptive. The it being the running attack of Class 1A’s ninth-ranked Pillager Huskies, which ran for 304 yards leading to a 42-0 North Star Conference victory over the Pine River-Backus Tigers Friday. Demars, the head coach of Tigers, said they thought they had it defended but the three-headed monster that is the Huskies running backs would then make plays.
BAXTER — The difference was finishing. More aptly put, the team that was doing the finishing Thursday was different. The fifth-seeded Moorhead Spuds avenged a 4-2 loss during the regular season by eliminating the No. 4 seeded Brainerd Warriors 2-0 in the Section 8-2A quarterfinals at Southdale Fields. “One word and that’s finishing,” said Moorhead head coach Nicole Wiesner. “That’s all it took. We had to find the back of the net and we did today.”
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.”