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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Dillon Card was close yet again. The 220-pound senior from Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale rolled into the championship match of the Class 1A individual state tournament Saturday at Xcel Energy Center. There, the top-ranked Card faced fifth-ranked Manuel Garcia of BOLD. Garcia handed Card his first loss of the season - an 8-3 decision. Card scored a 4-2 decision over sixth-ranked Ian Morrison of Chatfield in the semifinal round.
Andy Schlosser lost. And then he dominated. The Brainerd Warriors sophomore opened Saturday's second-day of the Class 3A individual state tournament losing to third-ranked Jamin LeDuc 8-7 in the championship semifinals at the Xcel Center in St. Paul. The loss dropped Schlosser into the wrestlebacks where the fourth-ranked 120 pounder pinned Ty Okada of East Ridge in 3:20 and then pinned Tanner Bay of Mounds View in 4:40 to claim third place. "That consolation semifinal match can be a tough one for kids," said Brainerd co-head coach Jim Kath.
Kolton Eischens and Dillon Card remained unbeaten as the two advanced to the Class 1A state individual semifinals Friday at Xcel Energy Center. Eischens, a junior 152-pounder from Pierz, opened with an 11-4 decision over Barnesville's eighth-ranked Conner Meyer. The top-ranked Eischens then posted a 14-3 victory over United South Central's Derek Herman, who is ranked No. 4, to improve to 41-0. It was Eischens' 150th career win. Eischens will face second-ranked Shane Siewert of Lake City.
Andy Schlosser is right where he wants to be. The Brainerd Warriors sophomore advanced to the 120-pound semifinals during Friday's opening rounds of the Class 3A individual state wrestling tournament at Xcel Energy Center. Schlosser opened with a 9-5 decision over Eden Prairie's J.J Veytia. Class 3A's fourth-ranked wrestler then pinned Noah Buck of Rosemount in 3:53 to advance to the championship semifinals. "Andy has looked good in his first two matches,' said Warrior co-head coach Jim Kath. "He had a real good match in his quarterfinals today and beat a decent kid. He's looked very good.
Abby Gindorff Year: Senior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Center Highlights: Finished with 24 points against Deer River and 14 points and nine rebounds against Staples-Motley Abby Gindorff's largest contributions go mostly unseen. But make no mistake the senior has been, and continues to be, a key ingredient to the Crosby-Ironton basketball team's progress. The two-year starter and four-year varsity player is one of just two seniors on a roster that starts two freshmen.
Noah Gindorff Year: Sophomore School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Center Highlights: Leads Rangers with 17.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game Noah Gindorff might be the most imposing sophomore the area has seen in awhile. Standing a sturdy 6-foot-5, Gindorff has been the anchor of the Crosby-Ironton Rangers' defense, which is holding opposing teams to 47.4 points per game. The two-year varsity player is doing it on both ends for the Rangers. Gindorff led the Rangers with 17 points in a 58-56 victory over Nevis Feb.
State wrestling What: Class 1A team tournament Who: Pierz Pioneers (25-4) vs. No. 2-seeded Frazee (16-2) When: 11 a.m. Thursday Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul Either the Pierz Pioneers or the Frazee Hornets will suffer their first dual meet loss in more than a month. No. 11-ranked Pierz last lost a dual meet Jan. 12. No. 2-ranked and second-seeded Frazee last lost Jan. 13. These two traditional state powers will square off in the Class 1A state team quarterfinals 11 a.m.
Pequot Lakes 56, Staples-Motley 55 The key: Offensive rebounds - Pequot scored 10 second-chance points Conf: PL 7-3, SM 6-4 Overall: PL 17-8, SM 18-6 Next: Staples-Motley at New York Mills 7:30 p.m.
The last time Trisha Abear celebrated winning a state dance team trophy she was a member of the team. Fast forward 17 years and the Crosby-Ironton alumnus enjoyed the feeling again Feb. 14 at Target Center in Minneapolis with her daughter, Maddie Midthun. Midthun, an eighth-grader, helped C-I win a Class 1A third-place trophy in high kick. C-I also placed fifth in the Feb. 13 jazz finals. That was the first state dance team trophy C-I has won since Abear helped claim one in 1998. It's a time gap C-I head coach Amy Turk hopes doesn't happen again.
Little Falls 54, Brainerd 44 Key: Little Falls was 17-21 from foul line in second half Overall: Brd 12-14, LF 16-10 Next: Brainerd in Section 8-4A playoffs Tuesday TBA; Little Falls in Section 8-3A playoffs Tuesday TBA Little Falls head coach Kevin Jordan said a zone defense looks better when the other team's shots don't fall. The Flyers' zone looked very good Friday as it held the Brainerd Warriors to 36-percent shooting from the field, including 9-of-29 from 3-point, leading to a 54-44 non-conference victory at Brainerd High School. "We couldn't shoot," said Warriors head coach Scott