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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Kylee Heurung is the Brainerd lakes area's premier scorer. The two-year varsity player finished second in the area with 513 points for a 19.7 points-per-game average. But the Brainerd junior will need to do even more this season to help a young Warrior roster get ready for playoffs.
Noah Boser Year: Senior School: Pierz Sport: Football Position: Fullback, linebacker, quarterback Highlights: The All-Mid-State District selection rushed for 587 yards and 15 touchdowns on 129 carries (4.6 yards-per-carry average).
Thanks to a Class 3A state title and a perfect 13-0 season the top-ranked Pierz Pioneers placed six players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Team. Brainerd was next with five roster spots followed by Section 8-3A runner-up Pequot Lakes with three players on the 22-player roster. All-Area Team Jarod Novak, senior Aitkin, RB-LB The All-Northeast Subdistrict Blue and Co-Subdistrict Defensive Player of the year rushed for 1,137 yards and 9 touchdowns on 210 carries (5.4 yards-per-carry average).
With all three front-court starters returning, along with a wealth of additional varsity experience, expectations haven't been this high for the Brainerd Warriors since maybe the 2013 state tournament season. Last season, the Warriors racked up a 10-6 Central Lakes Conference record, but finished 12-15 overall. A better start than last year's 1-3 start will help, but it won't be easy with Grand Rapids, Rogers and Rocori all within the first five games.
With the focus back on volleyball, Jordyn and Shania Glenz led the Verndale Pirates to a trailblazing volleyball season. The stress and worry the sisters endured last season after learning their mother and Verndale head coach Shelley Glenz was diagnosed with cancer is now a distant memory. Shelley Glenz is now cancer free and that freed both varsity veterans to focus on the court and help Verndale win the Park Region Conference, win the West Subsection 5-1A title, win the Section 5-1A title, advance to the program's first state tournament and finish the season 29-7.
Verndale's sixth-place finish in the Class 1A state tournament and 29-7 overall record helped land three Pirates on the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Volleyball team. The Pirates also won the Park Region Conference and Section 5-1A titles and displayed this year's All-Area Co-Players of the Year in Jordyn and Shania Glenz. Also scoring three players on the team was Pequot Lakes, which advanced to the South Subsection 8-2A finals, won the Mid-State Conference and finished with a 26-5 record. This year's all-area team is: All-Area team Ellie Michaletz, junior Aitkin, outside hitter Finishe
It all started 33 years ago. Pierz Pioneers head coach Leo Pohlkamp knows it takes players to win games, but having a coaching staff with more than 100 years of combined experience doesn't hurt. For Pohlkamp, who has been head coach at Pierz for 30 years, it started six years prior as an assistant to Steve Dooley. Rick Sczublewski - the only Pierz transplant on the coaching roster - started 33 years ago and he and Pohlkamp have been together ever since. "I didn't have any doubt they would build this thing," said Dooley. "They just have a great connection with kids.
MINNEAPOLIS - Noah Boser didn't have to be a quarterback Saturday. So the Pierz Pioneers senior did everything else. Boser rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns and caught the game-winning touchdown pass in the second quarter to give the Pioneers a 36-8 Class 3A Prep Bowl victory over Jackson County Central Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium.
Two of the smallest Class 3A teams will battle for the biggest prize 1 p.m. Saturday. No. 9-ranked Jackson County Central, which just moved back to Class 3A this season, will face No. 1-ranked Pierz at TCF Bank Stadium for the Class 3A state championship. It will be the second state title for whichever team wins. JCC won its state title in 2001 (Jackson won the 1985 Class B title). Pierz captured its lone state title in 2004.
Andrew Israelson Who: Staples-Motley High School senior What: Signed letter of intent to play golf at North Dakota State University Highlight: Class 2A co-state champion his sophomore season; tied for fourth last year Andrew Israelson was looking for five things and got four and a half. The Staples-Motley Cardinals senior signed a Division I letter of intent Wednesday to play golf next fall for the North Dakota State University Bison. Israelson, the son of Bill and Sarah Israelson of Staples, said there were five colleges on his radar, including the University of Minnesota, but said ND