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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If Robbie Skiba realizes the enormity of his play this season he would never say it. The Pierz Pioneers senior running back is one of the more humble football players to put on pads. But then Skiba's statistics speak for themselves.
Central Lakes North Team Conf. Overall Bemidji 4-1 9-2 Moorhead 4-1 8-2 Brainerd 4-1 6-3 Alexandria 2-3 5-5 Fergus Falls 1-4 2-7 Grand Rapids 0-5 1-9 Central Minnesota Team Conf. Overall Pierz 7-0 11-1 Maple Lake 6-1 10-2 Holdingford 5-2 11-3 Howard Lake 4-3 7-4 Eden Valley 3-4 5-5 Rockford 2-5 3-6 Belgrade-BE 1-6 1-8 Kimball 0-7 0-9 Granite Ridge Team Conf. Overall Becker 7-0 12-1 Albany 6-1 7-2 Zimmerman 5-2 7-3 Little Falls 4-3 6-4 Cathedral 3-4 6-5 Foley 1-6 2-8 Mora 1-6 2-8 Milaca 1-6 1-8 Great Polar Alliance Blue Team Conf. Overall Crosby-Iront
Two undefeated regular seasons, four section finals and a team in the Class 3A state semifinals resulted in a star-studded Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Football Team. Leading the way with five players was Brainerd followed by four each from Crosby-Ironton and Pierz - the two undefeated teams. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and selected by the Brainerd Dispatch Sports Department. All-Area Team Jerod Novak, Aitkin Junior, RB-LB The All-Great Polar Football Alliance player rushed for 889 yards and 11 touchdowns on 129 carries for a 6.9 yards-per-carry average.
Where the Brainerd Warriors are strong - they are very strong. Where they aren't as strong - there isn't much Brainerd can do. Between 106 pounds and 160 pounds Brainerd has talent, depth and options. The heavier the weights get the less options Brainerd will have. "We'll be able to fill one, sometimes two, of those upper weights, but we just don't have the bodies in our room," said Brainerd co-head coach Mike boran. "We can't bring them out of thin air so we'll have to make each match as competitive as we can through the lower and middle weights and hang on a little bit at the end. We'll do what we can.
With 17.9 on the clock, the Brainerd Warriors had the ball and a chance. Out of a timeout, the Warriors hoped to get the ball into 6-foot-5 junior post Kobe Ahonen. The returning varsity vet scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half and just hit a bucket less than a minute earlier. As the seconds ticked away, so did the chances to get Ahonen the ball and the Warriors forced a 3-pointer that ricocheted off the rim. Buzzer sounded. Brainerd fell to the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 53-52.
Get to the Warrior gymnastics meets early this year. That's because the Brainerd vaulters, who perform first, should set the tone for another quality season. Brainerd head coach Dave Maras said his team's strongest exercise will be the one that executes the best, but with the amount of varsity experience back on vault things could be exciting early.
Jordyn Glenz School: Verndale Year: Junior Position: Middle hitter Statistics: 396 kills, 336 digs, 26 set assists, 57 blocks and 35 ace serves on 92.2 percent serving Shania Glenz School: Verndale Year: Sophomore Position: Middle hitter Statistics: 424 kills, 308 digs, 20 set assists, 50 blocks and 29 ace serves on 94 percent serving Shelley Glenz brought her three daughters into her room. She and her husband Tony had returned from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. One junior, one sophomore, one eighth-grader sat on the bed. They were forewarned. They knew what might be coming.
Jordyn and Shania Glenz led the Verndale Pirates to the South Subsection 5-1A finals prompting their spots on the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Volleyball Team and selection as the Dispatch Co-Players of the Year. Verndale finished with the area's most wins at 22. The lone area team the Pirates did not defeat was Wadena-Deer Creek, which also landed two players on this year's team. Brainerd landed four players on this year's team.
Kills Player, team total Shania Glenz, Vern 424 Jordyn Glenz, Vern 396 Megan Felthous, PRB 348 Casey Volkmann, WDC 307 Tedi Ramberg, Brd 244 Heather Fletcher, Brd 233 Danyel Post, WDC 232 Ellie Michaletz, Ait 221 Kendra Pohlman, LF 195 Megan Porta, PRB 176 Hallie Schmidt, CI 173 Brittny Bzdok, PL 171 Kaitlyn Spar, SM 162 Carrie Nelson, WDC 158 Melanie Dorn, LF 154 Digs Player, team total Maddy Stall, Brd 492 Sarah Moenkedick, Vern 364 Laura Squires, PL 357 Taylor Snow, LR 352 Amanda Nies, PL 342 Casey Volkmann, WDC 340 Jordyn Glenz, Vern 336
Central Lakes Team Conf. Overall Rocori 12-0 27-6 Willmar 11-1 21-7 Sartell 10-3 23-5 Alexandria 8-4 17-13 Brainerd 5-7 18-15 Sauk Rapids 5-7 15-14 Fergus Falls 2-10 5-23 Apollo 2-11 5-22 Tech 0-12 4-21 Central Minnesota Team Conf. Overall Maple Lake 7-0 28-7 Belgrade-BE 6-1 16-13 Kimball 5-2 16-12 Holdingford 3-4 11-17 Eden Valley-W3-4 10-17 Howard Lake 3-4 7-15 Pierz 1-6 6-19 Rockford 0-7 2-23 Granite Ridge Team Conf. Overall Mora 9-1 26-7 Albany 9-1 18-12 Cathedral 7-3 24-6 Becker 7-3 14-13 Foley 5-6 11-13 Little Falls 2-8 11-18 Milaca 2-9 9-18