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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- 5 years 3 months
Konrad Bueckers Year: Senior School: Pine River-Backus Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Finished the week with 48 points, 27 rebounds, 20 assists, 11 steals, 3 blocks Konrad Bueckers loves basketball so it's fitting he's been very good during the month that includes Valentine's Day. The Pine River-Backus Tigers senior has filled his stat sheet to help PR-B win four of its last five games.
Taylor Ehnstrom Year: Junior School: Aitkin Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Scored 63 points in Aitkin's last four wins Taylor Ehnstrom is great when she allows herself to be. That may sound strange, but for a shooter self-confidence is just as important as technique. When the Aitkin Gobblers' junior is confident in her shot, she's dangerous.
State meet Warrior highlights: Robb Pike earns all-state honors Flyers highlights: Hunter Zupko finished 28th, Kendal Hendrickson 49th Team results: Brainerd boys place 14th; Little Falls girls 13th Robb Pike will go down as one of the best in school history. The Brainerd Warriors' senior finished 12th in Thursday's state Nordic ski meet at Giants Ridge in Biwabik to earn all-state recognition and help the Warriors boys team to 14th place.
Few Brainerd Warriors teams have gone to a state meet with more to prove. There is no where to go but up for this season's Brainerd boys Nordic ski team, which left Giants Ridge Resort last year stunned. High expectations heading into last year's state meet turned into a disappointing 16th-place finish. It's been the driving force ever since for the Warriors, who dominated Section 8 to return to Giants Ridge and try to erase last year's bitter finish.
Warriors 73, Tech 62 Key: Kylee Heurung scored 17 second-half points, including 10 straight Conf: Brd 8-4, SCT 6-7 Overall: Brd 12-8, SCT 7-14 Next: Brainerd hosts Monticello 7:30 p.m. Thursday With her team trailing 49-42, Kylee Heurung decided to get hot. The Brainerd Warriors' junior went on a solo 10-2 run and made her last seven field goal attempts. Brainerd then hit the energy button and forced St. Cloud Tech into seven turnovers leading to a 73-62 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Tech Tigers Tuesday at Brainerd High School.
Kendal Hendrickson Year: Junior School: Little Falls Sport: Nordic skiing Highlights: Won Section 8 meet It's been a grueling, uncertain season for Kendal Hendrickson. The junior Nordic skier for the Section 8 champion Little Falls Flyer girls barely returned from injury in time to qualify for section and state meets.
Nathan Davies Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished the week with 70 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists At 5:30 a.m. most mornings, a light is on at Aitkin's Westside Church. That light illuminates a basket that Nathan Davies aims at for an hour before the Aitkin High School opens. Then the senior travels to the school and shoots for another hour before the school day starts.
Pequot Lakes 54, DGF 50 Key: Olivia Lane and Corina Ruud combined for 29 Pequot Lakes points Overall: PL 17-1, DGF 17-1 Next: Pequot Lakes at Grand Rapids 1:30 p.m. Saturday PEQUOT LAKES—Haley Wiebolt was held to 10 points and Pequot Lakes turned the ball over 27 times. And Class 3A's third-ranked Patriots still beat unbeaten and 10th-ranked Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton 54-50 Thursday at Pequot Lakes High School.
CROSBY—With all five starters scoring nine points or more, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers were the definition of steady Friday. The Rangers used their multiple threats along with a defense that forced 17 Staples-Motley turnovers to produce a 75-54 Mid-State Conference victory over the Cardinals.
Crosby-Ironton 75, Staples-Motley 54 Key: Rangers used a 14-0 run early in second half to separate from S-M Conf: CI 5-1, SM 3-3 Overall: CI 16-3, SM 11-7 Next: Crosby-Ironton at Staples-Motley 7:15 p.m. Tuesday CROSBY—With all five starters scoring nine points or more, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers were the definition of steady Friday. The Rangers used their multiple threats along with a defense that forced 17 Staples-Motley turnovers to produce a 75-54 Mid-State Conference victory over the Cardinals.