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.
- Member for
- 4 years 6 months
Staples-Motley 81, Crosby-Ironton 73 Key: Cardinals hit 14-of-20 from 3-point Conf: C-I 6-2, SM 5-3 Overall: C-I 13-5, SM 10-9 Next: Crosby-Ironton hosts International Falls 7:15 p.m. Tuesday; Staples-Motley hosts Melrose 7:15 p.m. Thursday CROSBY - Execution, plus effort, plus making a boat-load of 3-pointers was Staples-Motley's recipe for success Friday. The Cardinals worked their game plan to perfection and pulled off an 81-73 Mid-State Conference upset of the Crosby-Ironton Rangers in the Ranger gym. Blake Connell made seven 3-pointers to finish with 30 points.
Norm Gallant has a unique perspective about the Mid-State Conference. It's probably why the Wadena-Deer Creek activities director had mixed emotions concerning the Wolverines leaving the conference to join the Park Region Conference next fall. Gallant is a Staples-Motley High School graduate so he competed in the Mid-State. All of his life Crosby-Ironton, Detroit Lakes and Park Rapids have been rival schools. W-DC was his biggest rival until he joined the school district in 1998. At that time, W-DC was graduating 130 students, said Gallant.
Kendal Hendrickson Year: Sophomore School: Little Falls Sport: Nordic skiing Highlights: Won the Bemidji Pursuit Invite Fifty five seconds can be a long time. That was the time difference Kendal Hendrickson needed to make up during the Jan. 24 Bemidji Pursuit Invite at Mt. Itasca in Coleraine. The odds were stacked against the Little Falls Flyers sophomore Nordic skier. With a snowless winter, Little Falls has barely practiced on hills.
Dylan Phillips Year: Junior School: Wadena-Deer Creek Sport: Hockey Position: Forward Highlights: Reached 100 career points during a three-goal game against Worthington He scored three, but the first one was the kicker. Dylan Phillips registered a hat trick Jan. 23 in an 8-5 victory over Worthington, but his first goal gave the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverine 100 career points. His unassisted goal came 51 seconds into the first period and tied the non-conference game at 1-1. "It was the first shift of the game and I just went down into the corner to get the puck," Phillips said.
LAKE SHORE - It's been a pack mentality for the Brainerd Warriors girls this season. Brainerd won for the sixth time this season as the Warriors landed six girls in the top seven of Monday's Brainerd Invite at Mount Ski Gull. The Brainerd boys, led by Grant Kosobud's third-place time of 49:01, finished second behind St. Cloud Central. Alex Stone won the girls' division with a time of 48.91. She raced to 24.89 on her first run, with a second-run time of 24.02. Both runs were the fastest of the event. "Coming into today, I knew Nicole Bloch of St.
Thomas Miller Year: Junior School: Little Falls Sport: Hockey Position: Left wing Highlights: Finished the week with five goals and four assists Thomas Miller has been a rarity for the Little Falls Flyers. Last season he became the first sophomore captain in Tony Couture's tenure as head boys hockey coach. Miller's season was interrupted with a torn ACL, but he still managed five goals and six assists. As a freshman, Miller landed a spot on the Flyers' first line. He registered eight goals and 20 points to help Little Falls to the Section 6-1A finals. This season, Miller is back.
Megan Felthous Year: Senior School: Pine River-Backus Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 25 points against Clearbrook-Gonvick. Try as she might, Megan Felthous is not the kid anymore. The Pine River-Backus senior has reluctantly embraced her emergence from the young upstart to the crafty veteran for the Tigers' girls basketball team. Just don't call her old. "When she was coming up I called her the kid," said PR-B head coach Randy Schwegel.
Warriors 106, Fergus Falls 65 Key: Warriors swam 11 first-place times Conf: Brd 5-2, FF 3-3 Overall: Brd 5-2, FF 3-3 Next: Brainerd hosts Sauk Rapids 6 p.m. Feb. 5 Peder Smith is at a slight disadvantage. Don't expect any excuses from the shorter Brainerd Warrior, who continued his onslaught on Central Lakes Conference competition with a sweep of the distance freestyles during Thursday's 106-65 victory over Fergus Falls at Brainerd High School. Smith, who holds the school record in the 500 free, swam a 5:26.25 for first place.
Rocori 68, Warriors 59 Key: Jon Olson scored 18 second-half points for the Spartans Conf: Brd 6-4, R 7-2 Overall: Brd 8-9, R 13-4 Next: Brainerd at Fergus Falls 7:30 p.m. Friday Just a little bit better. That's the best way to describe the Rocori Spartans, who shot a little better, took care of the ball a little better and scored a little more to beat the Brainerd Warriors 68-59 Tuesday night at Brainerd High School. Brainerd shot 50 percent from the field. Rocori shot 55 percent. Brainerd finished with just 13 turnovers.
Dan Nordean Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Wrestling Position: 138 pounds Highlights: Picked up 60th win Thursday Early in Dan Nordean's wrestling career he witnessed his cousin Matt Christensen competing in the Class 1A state tournament. Ever since 2008, the year Christensen podiumed and at the time became the all-time winningest Aitkin wrestler, a state appearance has been Nordean's goal. Now in his senior season, Nordean is doing everything he can to make that goal a reality. "I really looked up to (Christensen) a lot growing up," said Nordean. "I wanted to beat his records.