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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Scott Stanfield was whistled for his first technical foul Dec. 6, 2011. It was the first game of his head coaching career—a 60-58 victory over Pequot Lakes. It was also the last technical called on the Brainerd Warriors head boys basketball coach. "I didn't deserve that one," he said. "I really didn't. Honest to God, I didn't. I think (the official) thought I said something other than what I said. I don't swear. I just don't and I think he thought I said a word and that's not what I said. "I might have deserved one or two more at other times, though."
Olivia Lane has been a fixture of Brainerd lakes area basketball for four seasons now. She's verbally committed to play Division I women's basketball at the University of North Dakota when she graduates from high school next year. She's a state champion track and field athlete. She's helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots advance to the state basketball tournament and she's surpassed 1,000 career points. Despite being a junior, Lane's resume is already prolific, but she has so much more she wants to accomplish.
Five area teams have the distinction of landing two players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Girls Basketball Team. Mid-State Conference teams Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton and Pequot Lakes all scored two spots, including conference MVP and Dispatch Player of the Year Olivia Lane. Pine River-Backus and Brainerd also rostered two players on this year's team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch Sports Staff. All-area team Maggi Fellerman, Aitkin Senior, forward/center
PEQUOT LAKES—Defense turned offense was the magic formula for the Pequot Lakes Patriots Tuesday. The No. 2 seed of the South Subsection 7-2A bracket forced No. 7 Aitkin into 10 first-half turnovers and opened up a 35-21 halftime lead. The Patriots' defense never let up leading to a 70-41 victory in the opening round of the playoffs. Pequot scored seven points off of those early turnovers and held the Gobblers to just 35-percent shooting in the opening half.
Luke Weniger landed in the top 10. The Verndale Pirates senior guard became the 10th boys basketball player in program history to reach 1,000 career points and with at least two more games remaining (vs. Pine River-Backus and a first-round playoff game) he'll likely be shooting up the school's scoring list. Weniger reached the scoring milestone in Verndale's 64-61 Park Region Conference victory over Sebeka Feb. 23. The three-year starter needed just nine points, but went off for 32 to help the Pirates finish 7-7 in conference play.
Unlike most prep players who are on the verge of reaching 1,000 career points, Maggi Fellerman concentrated on everything, but scoring. It's a philosophy preached to her by her father and her coach and it worked. Fellerman reached 1,000 career points in the Aitkin Gobblers 67-55 Mid-State Conference victory over Detroit Lakes Feb. 20. She scored 25 points in the victory, including a post move that helped her reach the milestone just three minutes into the game.
CROSBY—One team is streaking into the playoffs, while the other is limping. The trend continued Friday as the Pillager Huskies, winners of 10 of their last 12 games, knocked off the Crosby-Ironton Rangers, losers of four straight and nine of their last 10, 64-49 in a Section 7-2A matchup. Both teams will take to the road to start the Section 7-2A playoffs. Pillager will likely head to Moose Lake-Willow River as the No. 5 seed. C-I, the likely six seed, will travel to Barnum.
Brainerd's Chad Orsburn got a taste of state success last season and he's hungry for more. The senior 113-pounder enters the Friday-Saturday individual tournament with a 27-6 record after finishing second in the Section 8-3A tournament. Orsburn, who finished fifth at state last year, will open against Buffalo's Ryan Scherber. The freshman is 30-7 on the season and is the Section 5-3A champion. Those two will square off 9 a.m. Friday in the opening round of the state tournament at Xcel Energy Center.
Seven turnovers don't sound like much, but they cost the Brainerd Warriors at Tuesday's non-conference contest with the Bemidji Lumberjacks. The Warriors rolled to a 38-31 halftime edge, but momentum quickly shifted and Bemidji capitalized by scoring 11 points off Brainerd turnovers in the second half, going on to defeat the Warriors 67-59 in overtime at Brainerd High School. "We just decided we needed to stay aggressive," Bemidji head coach Travis Peterson said. "We needed to close out and we needed to communicate better on defense. It was no secret. We just needed to do things better. The guys worked their tails off in the second half and especially on the defensive end. We defended and rebounded. We didn't give them much for uncontested shots and didn't give them second chances."
Karli Skog Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 39 points in two victories last week Karli Skog won over her first-year head coach from the start. The four-year varsity veteran for the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team welcomed Katrina Moody with open arms. The ability to get on the same page so soon has Pequot primed for a long postseason run.