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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Fast-pitch softball Head coach: Shane Jordan, 1st season 2014 record: 11-1 Central Lakes Conference, 16-2 overall Returning starters: Madi Veith, Hannah Munsch Assistant coaches: Tim Hill, Amy Aho, Kevin Johnson, Amy Holm, Kursten Evanski Volunteer coaches: Dave Ellingson, Darwin "Doc" Johnson, Dawn Evans, Nikki DeChaine New faces will dominate the Brainerd Warriors diamond this season. All but two starters return from last year's 16-2 season.
Only a freshman, Tanner Lundberg will vault to the No. 1 singles position for the Brainerd Warriors this season. That much is certain. The rest of the Warriors' lineup will be a work in progress to find the best combination of doubles players along with a strong singles lineup to compete in the Central Lakes Conference and Section 8-2A. Brainerd head coach Bruce Thompson said the components are there for a successful season, but it's a matter of putting athletes in spots to succeed.
Masters week is still a week away, but area golf courses are already opening or are preparing for it. Courses like Whitetail Run, Emily Greens and Crosswoods have been open for almost two weeks, while others like Cuyuna Country Club, Little Falls Country Club and Pine Ridge opened Monday. Most area resort courses will open later this month. Spring weather is always unpredictable so please call ahead to make sure the course is open. Area courses Birch Bay Resort and Golf Course: No date set Black Bear Golf Complex: No date set Breezy Point Resort Whitebirch: April 16-17 Traditional:
Grace Wolhowe Year: Senior School: Staples-Motley Height: 5-foot-9 Position: Guard Season stats: Finished with 545 points (20.2 per game), 178 rebounds (6.6), 97 assists (3.6), 101 steals (3.7) and 12 blocked shots. She shot 46.7 percent from the field (191-409), 37.2 percent from 3-point (55-148) and 73 percent from the line (108-148) Faith was Grace's driving force. Staples-Motley Cardinals guard Grace Wolhowe transformed her game from a distributing role player to a high-scoring, confident leader.
With their largest win total since the 2009-10 season, the Brainerd Warriors showed balance and explosiveness this season helping them land three players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Team. Pequot Lakes nabbed two spots and Staples-Motley rostered the player of the year. Players for the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team are nominated by their coaches and selected by the Dispatch Sports Department. All-area team Brooke Miller, Aitkin Junior, forward Finished with 256 points (9.5 per game), 92 rebounds (3.4), 51 assists (1.9), 48 steals (1.8) and 13 blocked shots.
The Area's best record and the longest road in the playoffs helped Crosby-Ironton land two players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coach and selected by the Brainerd Dispatch Sports Department. All-Area Team Nathan Davis, Aitkin Junior, guard The All-Great River Conference player finished with 476 points (17.6 per game), 205 rebounds (7.6), 96 assists (3.6), 48 steals (1.8) and 91 blocked shots (3.4).
For the second straight season, Brainerd area boys basketball fans won't have a horse in the race known as the Minnesota State High School League state tournament. Not since Brainerd's memorable 2013 run has the area had someone to cheer. This season, however, there is a team lakes area fans may want to put their hat in the ring with.
Cowboys 49, Rangers 47 Key: Ashton Hegge's lay in at the buzzer wins the game Overall: Breck 21-7, CI 22-8 Next: Breckenridge in Class 2A state quarterfinals at Target Center/Williams Arena in Minneapolis Wednesday MOORHEAD - Tyler Bormann thought his program was one year away - he was wrong. The third-year head coach watched his senior-led, third-seeded Breckenridge Cowboys hit a game-winning runner as time expired to break a 36-year state tournament drought Friday. Ashton Hegge, the only non-senior starter for Breckenridge lifted the ball off his fingertips as the backboard lit up to
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.