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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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
NORTHFIELD - It's hard to tell what might have been more noticeable Saturday. It could have been Tyler Moore's yellow and green socks or better yet the satisfying, grimacing smile he had while finishing 18th overall - good for All-State honors - in the Class 2A state boys meet at St. Olaf College. Moore's game plan of a fast first mile and powering through the next two miles worked to a time of 16:01.3. Wayzata's Jaret Carpenter won the race in 15:26.5. Moore's goals were to finish in the top 25 and crack 16 minutes.
Pierz head football coach Leo Pohlkamp on free safety Michael Meyer's ability to intercept passes: "He's got great hands and he'll find himself in a lot of situations where it's a jump ball type situation. He's a forward in basketball so his timing is excellent. It's not all about jumping, but you have to have good timing. That's where he gets a lot of his interceptions. He goes up and gets it and takes it away." Michael Meyer gets praised for watching a screen. No, the Pierz Pioneers senior isn't binge watching the last season of "Sons of Anarchy." Meyer is busy dissecting the next opponent's offensive plays.
Pequot Lakes senior Brittny Bzdok about team chemistry: "We're all really good friends outside of volleyball. A lot of them play basketball too and some of them are in track. We're all pretty close outside of our sports and I think that helps us play better as a team. We can trust each other better. "I just think, all-around, we're really good and close and we trust each other and we trust what we're doing with the ball. We kind of feed off of each other's energy and I think that really helps our play." There's no biz like Pequot's Biz.