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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Brainerd Invite Individual key: Gavin Metz fired a fourth-place 75 Team key: Brainerd scored a third-place 317 Next: Brainerd in Section 8-2A first round at Rich Spring Golf Course, Cold Spring, 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 29; Pequot Lakes in Section 8-2A tournament at Headwaters Golf Course, Park Rapids, 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 30; Staples-Motley hosts Cardinal Invite at Cragun's Legacy Courses Wednesday, May 30 PEQUOT LAKES—There's just something about The Preserve at Grand View Lodge that the Brainerd Warriors don't like. All but Gavin Metz.
This might be Charlie Schoeck's first head coaching job, but he sees success coming quickly for the Brainerd Warriors. Schoeck was hired Tuesday as the Warriors' new head boys basketball coach. He takes over for Scott Stanfield, who announced his resignation midway through last season. Schoeck is familiar with the circumstances surrounding Stanfield's resignation, when Stanfield cited parental pressure as his reason for leaving. Schoeck also likes the action and direction that announcement created and said those circumstances were never a concern.
If Brittney Boser's future goes as planned, she'll graduate from nursing school and might recite the Florence Nightingale Pledge about doing no harm to her patients. That will be a stark contrast to what she's doing to opposing hitters now. The senior pitcher for the Pierz Pioneers finished last week 5-0 with two shutouts, a no-hitter and 33 strikeouts. She allowed just four earned runs in the five victories and has pitched the Pioneers to the No. 1 seed in the East Subsection 6-2A playoffs.
When word of a high school player carding a 70 at The Quarry at Giants Ridge got out, it created quite the amazement. When it was discovered it was only his second time playing the course, and he was a sophomore, amazement turned to bewilderment. Brady Raph is responsible for the recent whirlwind of excitement. The Pine River-Backus Tigers boys golfer opened the two-day Northern Invite with a 79 and followed it with a 2-under-par 70 to win the tournament.
BREEZY POINT—Jack Evans readily admits this spring has not been up to par. The Brainerd Warrior senior has struggled with consistency. He said it's been a product of bad mechanics and mental breakdowns. After Wednesday's round, those might be behind him Evans shot a 1-under par 71 to tie for low round in the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Deacon's Lodge. Evans tied with Tommy Buck of Armstrong and Pine River-Backus' Brady Raph.
Think a rock concert for golf on a junior friendly scale. That's how Mike Stone described the inaugural Brainerd lakes area's Golf-A-Palooza, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, May 19, at Cragun's Legacy Courses in East Gull Lake. Stone the owner of Crosswoods Golf Course, teamed with Breezy Point Resort, Cragun's, Grand View Lodge, Madden's Resort and Whitefish Golf Club to present this fun-filled afternoon designed to introduce youths to the game of golf.
Beck Erholtz felt he could be aggressive early. With his drives finding of the middle of the fairway, Erholtz stayed aggressive and the result was a 1-over-par 73 that led the Staples-Motley golfer to first place in the Pre-Section 6-2A meet May 5 at Blackberry Ridge. "I noticed that I was hitting the ball a lot straighter coming into this year," Erholtz said. "I was able to actually hit it another 15 to 20 yards and so I decided to try and take it down the middle of most of the holes, whether it be with an iron or on the holes I could hit driver. I was willing to use the driver to get maybe an extra stroke."
It was a 10-day streak of firsts for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers. From April 30 to Tuesday, May 8, C-I posted a 9-3 record that included wins over Mid-State Conference rivals Staples-Motley and Pequot Lakes. Those nine wins were more wins than C-I has had in any season in the 2000s. One reason is the pitching of senior Mattie Kovatovich.
Steven Low improvised on the fly and it worked. The sophomore fell behind early in his No. 2 singles match and the deficit grew bigger against St. Cloud Tech's Troy Feddema. Low spotted his opponent four quick points before he manufactured a stroke. The result was a 6-4, 6-1 victory, which helped the Brainerd Warriors to a 6-1 win over the perennial Central Lakes Conference favorite Tigers Thursday in Brainerd. The victory pushes the Warriors to 8-0 in the conference and 16-0 overall and makes it the first time since 2009 that Brainerd swept Tech in the regular season. The Warriors topped Tech 4-3 April 25.
A date was set and the vision is becoming more clear for what Ron Sanders is hoping to bring to the Brainerd lakes area. Sanders, a retired businessman, has a vision for the lakes area to host a Web.com PGA Tour event and he believes that will be three or four years down the road. However, Aug. 22, 2018, will be the inaugural step toward that final goal with the Central Minnesota Showcase Classic at Cragun's Legacy Courses in East Gull Lake.