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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Pequot Lakes head coach Jon Dale believes Olivia Lane is better than her sister Vanessa Lane was at this point in her career. That's high praise considering the elder Lane, who now runs track for South Dakota State University, was the Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year and helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots to the Class 2A state basketball tournament. But Vanessa Lane blossomed in her final two seasons on the basketball court. Olivia Lane has already staked her claim as a force to be reckoned with.
Almost five seconds. That's how much the Brainerd Warriors 200-yard medley relay team shaved off of its prelim time to win Saturday's Section 8-2A championship and advance to the Class 2A state tournament. The foursome of Preston Owen, Michael Bylander, Gunnar Niemeyer and Griffin Blegen posted a 1:37.93 to better Elk River's second-place time of 1:38.87. Brainerd's prelim time of 1:42.72 was almost two seconds behind Elk River's prelim time. The foursome also set a St. Cloud Tech pool record breaking the previous record of 1:38.43 by St. Michael-Albertville in 2012.
Running has blazed a trail of success for Allison Kosobud. The Brainerd High School graduate is a cross country and track and field athlete at the College of St. Benedict, but she's a runner first. It may seem like semantics, but Kosobud, who does have a competitive nature, said regardless if she competed on the cross country teams or the indoor and outdoor seasons for track field, she would be running. Being a member of Blazers teams gives her motivation.
Jack Silgen Year: Senior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Reached 1,000 career points in win over Pequot Lakes With a sheepish laugh, Jack Silgen described the shot that landed him on a memorable list. It occurred Feb. 14 in a 79-53 victory at Pequot Lakes. The win landed the Crosby-Ironton Rangers' the Mid-State Conference crown. Silgen finished with 23 points, but it was point No. 17 that pushed Silgen past 1,000 career points.
Olivia Lane Year: Sophomore School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Finished with 62 points and 31 rebounds in three games last week Olivia Lane has become a Swiss Army Knife. When the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team needs something done, there's a good chance the first place it looks is in Lane's direction. The 6-foot-2 sophomore forward is doing it all this season with consistent results.
MINNEAPOLIS—Aitkin's trophy case might need an expansion. With six rank points, Aitkin claimed the Class 1A jazz title Friday at Target Center. Aitkin bettered defending champion and runner-up Frazee by three rank points. Yellow Medicine East placed third with 17 rank points. "We had really good sharpness, lots of emotion and good timing," Aitkin head coach Lisa Roth said. "We made a slight bobble in one of our turns, but that was about it. "Our choreography really separated us."
Hunter Zupko Year: Junior School: Little Falls Sport: Nordic skiing Highlights: Won Section 8 championship It's hard to believe Hunter Zupko could be in better shape. But that's been the case this season as the Little Falls Flyers' junior repeated as Section 8 Nordic skiing champion and returned to his fourth straight state meet Thursday.
Fergus Falls 70, Warriors 57 Key: Otters forced 12 first-half turnovers Conf: Brd 6-8, FF 11-2 Overall: Brd 8-13, FF 17-3 Next: Brainerd at Rogers 7:15 p.m. Friday With a stifling defense, the Fergus Falls Otters looked poised for a repeat trip to the Class 3A state championship game Thursday. The Otters forced the Brainerd Warriors into 12 first-half turnovers and used those to build a 40-33 halftime edge leading to a 70-56 Central Lakes Conference victory at Brainerd High School.
Thursday's goal at the state Nordic ski meet will be to fill the leaderboard with Section 8 skiers. The Brainerd Warriors and Little Falls boys teams along with Brainerd's Grace Erholtz and the Flyers' girls team will represent Section 8 at Giants Ridge Resort in Biwabik. This will be the 11th time in 12 years the Flyer girls have competed at state and senior leader Kendal Hendrickson has her sights set on all-state as does her male counterpart, Hunter Zupko, who is making his fourth straight state appearance.
With heads down and doubt setting in, Allyson Smith looked at her young teammates and simply said, "Own the moment." The senior center did just that as she skated toward the net from the left side. With a defender hanging on her every glide, Smith owned the moment by snapping in Saturday's game-winning goal at 12:50 of the third period to lift the top-seeded Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors to a 5-3 victory over No. 8 Buffalo/Maple Lake in the Section 8-2A quarterfinals at Essentia Health Sports Center.