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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Warriors 75, Sauk Rapids 56 Key: Warriors held the Storm to 33 percent shooting Conf: Brd 8-8, SR 6-10 Overall: Brd 11-15, SR 12-14 Next: Brainerd in Section 8-4A playoffs TBA Tuesday Cody Christensen got mauled twice Friday. Corbin Pikula made a free throw at Brainerd High School. Michael Bieganek battled foul trouble most of the Central Lakes Conference clash with Sauk Rapids, but still grabbed six rebounds.
Shania Glenz Year: Senior School: Verndale Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Reached 2,000 points in win over Nevis For the past five seasons, Shania Glenz has been an imposing force on the basketball court. It's only fitting she becomes the first player in Verndale school history to reach 2,000 career points.
Mac Schluttner Year: Senior School: Verndale Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Surpassed 1,000 career points after scoring 23 against Wadena-Deer Creek Mac Schluttner knew it wasn't going to be easy. A crowd filled with family and friends motivated the Verndale Pirates' senior forward, who needed 19 points to reach 1,000 for his basketball career. A little reverse psychology from his head coach helped, too.
Surprises might be in store for the Class 3A state Individual tournament. That's the mindset of Brainerd co-head coach Mike Boran and Little Falls head coach Mike Hendrickson are taking into the tournament that begins Friday and ends Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Brainerd advanced three wrestlers to the state tournament, including 113-pound champion Chad Orsburn. The junior enters his first state tournament with momentum, the No. 8 ranking and a 31-2 record. He will open against unranked Zach Wallace of Minnetonka (24-12, junior).
Crosby-Ironton 58, Esko 55 Key: The Rangers' Evan Edmundson scored nine overtime points Overall: CI 23-2, E 22-3 Next: Crosby-Ironton hosts Aitkin 7:15 p.m. Thursday CROSBY—With a smile as wide as one of the old mining lakes on the Cuyuna Range, Evan Edmundson said it felt great. The senior guard for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers was referring to his game-winning 3-point basket at the buzzer to lift Class 2A's fourth-ranked Rangers to a 58-55 overtime victory over No. 6-ranked Esko Tuesday.
Pequot Lakes head coach Jon Dale believes Olivia Lane is better than her sister Vanessa Lane was at this point in her career. That's high praise considering the elder Lane, who now runs track for South Dakota State University, was the Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year and helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots to the Class 2A state basketball tournament. But Vanessa Lane blossomed in her final two seasons on the basketball court. Olivia Lane has already staked her claim as a force to be reckoned with.
Almost five seconds. That's how much the Brainerd Warriors 200-yard medley relay team shaved off of its prelim time to win Saturday's Section 8-2A championship and advance to the Class 2A state tournament. The foursome of Preston Owen, Michael Bylander, Gunnar Niemeyer and Griffin Blegen posted a 1:37.93 to better Elk River's second-place time of 1:38.87. Brainerd's prelim time of 1:42.72 was almost two seconds behind Elk River's prelim time. The foursome also set a St. Cloud Tech pool record breaking the previous record of 1:38.43 by St. Michael-Albertville in 2012.
Running has blazed a trail of success for Allison Kosobud. The Brainerd High School graduate is a cross country and track and field athlete at the College of St. Benedict, but she's a runner first. It may seem like semantics, but Kosobud, who does have a competitive nature, said regardless if she competed on the cross country teams or the indoor and outdoor seasons for track field, she would be running. Being a member of Blazers teams gives her motivation.
Jack Silgen Year: Senior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Reached 1,000 career points in win over Pequot Lakes With a sheepish laugh, Jack Silgen described the shot that landed him on a memorable list. It occurred Feb. 14 in a 79-53 victory at Pequot Lakes. The win landed the Crosby-Ironton Rangers' the Mid-State Conference crown. Silgen finished with 23 points, but it was point No. 17 that pushed Silgen past 1,000 career points.
Olivia Lane Year: Sophomore School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Finished with 62 points and 31 rebounds in three games last week Olivia Lane has become a Swiss Army Knife. When the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team needs something done, there's a good chance the first place it looks is in Lane's direction. The 6-foot-2 sophomore forward is doing it all this season with consistent results.