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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What does one think about after hitting the biggest shot of his short varsity career? "Play defense. Don't screw up." That's what ran through the mind of Brainerd's Jack Geraets after he tied Thursday's Central Lakes Conference game with Alexandria with 1:20 remaining in overtime. After two Cardinal free throws, it was Geraets' good buddy Chris Pederson's turn.
State meet When: 10 a.m. Thursday Where: Giants Ridge, Biwabik Who: Brainerd boys team, Brainerd's Gabriella Haire, Little Falls' Hunter Zupko and Kendal Hendrickson It's redemption time for Noah Baker and the Brainerd Warriors boys team. Thursday's state meet at Giants Ridge has all the ingredients to turn a frustrating, snowless season into one to remember. For Baker, a senior captain and four-time state meet participant, this state meet will be about correcting what many in the Brainerd skiing community are still calling an unjust ruling against Baker.
It wasn't easy, but it was much needed. Despite 18 turnovers and 63-percent shooting from the foul line and watching a 14-point first half lead evaporate into just a five-point halftime edge, and seeing the St. Cloud Tech Tigers claw back to grab a 53-51 lead late, despite all that the Brainerd Warriors won 67-61 Friday at Brainerd High School. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak and brought some life back into the beleaguered Warriors. "This was huge," said Brainerd junior Jack Geraets. "We had lost six straight and we finally got one now. We have a lot of home games now. I think we only have one more road game and a lot of home games. This was a huge win for us."
Blake Connell Year: Senior School: Staples-Motley Sport: Basketball Position: Point Guard Highlights: Scored 30 points against Crosby-Ironton and 18 against Verndale It hasn't been easy even though Blake Connell has made it look that way. After transferring from rival Wadena-Deer Creek, Connell has assimilated himself into the Staples-Motley Cardinals culture and added his own flair to the boys basketball team. The senior point guard has brought a fearless confidence to a team that went 10-16 and lost in the second round of the Section 6-2A playoffs last season. Connell's confidence
Shania Glenz Year: Sophomore School: Verndale Sport: Girls Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Tallied 39 points and 13 rebounds against Bertha-Hewitt It was a loss, but it showed how versatile Shania Glenz can be. With older sister Jordyn Glenz nursing an ankle injury, Shania Glenz transformed from a perimeter player to a post player to help the Verndale Pirates girls basketball team. The result was 39 points and 13 rebounds in a 66-65 Park Region Conference loss to Bertha-Hewitt Bears Jan.
Staples-Motley 70, Pequot Lakes 64 Key: Grace Wolhowe scored 36 points for Cardinals Conf: PL 5-2, SM 4-2 Overall: PL 13-6, SM 15-3 Next: Pequot Lakes hosts Crosby-Ironton 7:15 p.m. Tuesday; Staples-Motley at Sauk Centre 7:30 p.m. Friday PEQUOT LAKES - Alphabetically they're close. Throw in experience, position, height, ability and hair color and Grace Wolhowe and Haley Wiebolt are almost mirror images of each other.
One place separated a good day from a great day. One rank point put the Brainerd Warriors jazz routine in fourth place behind third-place St.
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.