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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It was a hard wait for Dylan Loftis. The Pillager Huskies' junior sat out all of last season because of the Minnesota State High School League transfer rule. Loftis, who transferred to Pillager from Staples-Motley, roamed the sidelines watching, waiting and preparing to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. "It was really hard for me to do that," Loftis said. "I know the players and the coaches felt I had the potential to play last year, but sitting out and watching the team play during Friday nights was kind of tough for me. I just worked through it and told myself, 'No matter what, work toward next year and give it all I have.'
Morgan Glenz is feeling a little alone. Prior to this season, Glenz's varsity volleyball career always included one or two of her sisters. With both of her older siblings graduated, the junior for the Verndale Pirates is the last Glenz standing. Thanks to her sisters, Jordyn and Shania, all opposing teams know the Glenz name.
PIERZ—With a 15-play, 90-yard opening drive, Class 3A's second-ranked Pierz Pioneers set the tone early. Then they just kept setting it to the tune of a 42-6 Mid-State Subdistrict 1 beat down of Class 2A's eighth-ranked Paynesville Bulldogs Friday. The Pioneers racked up 357 yards rushing and 401 yards of total offense. Ninety of those rushing yards came on the opening drive when Pierz pounded it down the field. A Reese Kapsner 20-yard run was the longest play of the drive. Pierz faced nothing longer than a third and four, until Kapsner's 16-yard rushing touchdown on third and five. There wasn't a single penalty on the picture-perfect opening possession.
For as good as the Brainerd Warriors have been over the years, one thing has stood in their way—the Section 8-2A quarterfinals. Not since 2009 have the Warrior girls advanced past the opening round of the playoffs. This despite having home-field advantage for three of those years. Thursday at Adamson Field in Brainerd, there was little doubt who would be playing Saturday as the third-seeded Warriors topped No. 6 Buffalo 3-1.
A month ago, a 75-year-old man named Ron Sanders had the area golf scene abuzz. Now, a month later, he's hoping to turn wishful thinking into the first step of his five-step process of bringing the Web.com Tour to the Brainerd lakes area. The Web.com Tour is the PGA's developmental tour in which future PGA players cut their teeth to earn a spot on the PGA Tour. The more important question is: Who is Ron Sanders and why does he think he can create this opportunity?
CROSBY—With a picture perfect setting, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers wrote a memorable homecoming script Saturday. C-I recovered three fumbles and intercepted its first pass of the season leading a 17-0 Northeast Blue Subdistrict victory Saturday over the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels. With a sunny, warm afternoon as the backdrop, Ethan Helie, Logan Grittner and Devin Parks all recovered fumbles and Tre Jones intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter to help C-I's defense pitch the shutout.
Things were looking bleak. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers were suffering through a four-match losing streak, their longest of the year. Senior Kylie Monson was suffering through a back injury, but was ready for a Sept. 25 Mid-State Conference match at Staples-Motley. Monson collected eight digs, seven kills, six ace serves and one set assist helping C-I to a 3-0 victory. One night later, Monson had her best game with 24 digs, 19 kills, five ace serves and one set assist to lead C-I to a 3-2 win over Pillager.
Jalen Jansen showed he's ready to take that next step. And the Pierz Pioneers are ready as well. The senior enjoyed his best game as a running back as he rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-12 beat down of Eden Valley-Watkins Sept. 29. His touchdowns covered 30, seven and six yards, all in the first half, helping Pierz to a 30-6 halftime edge.
PEQUOT LAKES—You can go home, if that home is Pequot Lakes. From their opening possession to the final play from scrimmage, Friday's Midwest Red Subdistrict game was all Pequot Lakes Patriots as they pounded Park Rapids 55-8 to improve to 4-2. That after a murderous four-game streak that saw the Patriots fall to Fergus Falls and Perham before regrouping against Detroit Lakes and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Friday was a welcome relief as the Patriots scored on their opening possession and only added to their lead.
EAST GULL LAKE—The autumn foliage will be close to peak. Frosty morning delays will soon transition to snow-covered fairways. It's fitting Madden's on Gull Lake hosts a 20-year celebration Sunday for The Classic at Madden's in October. Masses of tourists are trickling to lesser numbers. Older residents are preparing their migration south. And while it sits visible along a short stretch of County Highway 77 in East Gull Lake, few realize how regarded The Classic at Madden's is on a national scale.