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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Sometimes words don't work hard enough. For instance, when asked what makes Alex Erpelding a dominating wrestler for the Staples-Motley Cardinals, head coach Dave Anglin had a hard time pinpointing one thing. "It's the same old Alex," Anglin said. "Hard working. Driven. He just strives to get better each and every day. As far as an athlete that works hard, you're not going to find anybody that works harder than him. I don't care where you go. It's not just in our room. It's a drive to exceed what expectations he has for himself."
Confidence is what Gabby Rainwater lacked. It wasn't desire or work ethic. She knew what she needed to do. She just lacked confidence. She's got it now and the Pine River-Backus sophomore is using it.
Sartell 70, Brainerd 68 Key: Sartell shot 91 percent from the line and 73 percent from 3-point Conf: Brd 3-5, Sar 6-3 Overall: Brd 5-10, Sar 7-8 Next: Brainerd at Fergus Falls 7:30 p.m. Monday From a percentage standpoint, Brainerd had no chance. The Sartell Sabres shot 73 percent from 3-point, 53 percent from the field and 91 percent from the line. Still the Warriors held the lead until 1:53 remained before falling 70-68 Friday at Brainerd High School.
Maxim Osbourne wanted a sweep so he led the way. The Brainerd Warriors sophomore became the fourth different member of the boys squad to lead the Blue and White this season when he led a group of five Warriors across the line in Thursday's Central Lakes Conference championship at Northland Arboretum. Brainerd's 1-5 finish led it to the team title. The Brainerd girls, led by Grace Erholtz's fourth-place finish, were second.
January has been a productive month for Noah Ross. The junior guard for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys basketball team has netted two 30-point games in helping W-DC to a 3-2 mark this month. While reaching 30 points in a high school game isn't the norm, neither Ross or W-DC head coach Kevin Tumberg are that surprised.
Jami Nelson is a point guard trapped in a center's body. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers basketball player grew up hoping to be the next Lindsay Whalen. Instead she grew into a 6-foot-1 post player for the Rangers. She said she still thinks about running the offense. "I think when I was young I always played with the mentality of a point guard," said Nelson. "I always wanted to be Lindsay Whalen. I just grew and they put me at the post. I really like handling the ball, though."
Warriors 70, Apollo 4 Key: Warriors secured five pins and six forfeits Conf: Brd 5-1, SCA 0-4 Overall: Brd 9-6, SCA 1-10 Next: Brainerd at Champlin Park duals Saturday Happy birthday Andy Pickar. The Brainerd Warriors hall of fame wrestler, and former two-time Class 3A individual state champion, still owns part of the school's all-time wins record. That's because the young man he's tied with, Andy Schlosser, suffered an 8-0 defeat in Thursday's 70-4 Central Lakes Conference victory over St. Cloud Apollo at Brainerd High School.
A high-pressure system invaded Brainerd Tuesday. Only this pressure didn't create a storm. It inhibited one. The Brainerd Warriors intensified their defensive pressure around the perimeter preventing the Sauk Rapids Storm from attacking the paint where they had a noticeable size advantage leading to a 56-42 Central Lakes Conference victory at Brainerd High School.
Warriors 54, Apollo 47 Key: Joey Sauer scored 10 second-half points Conf: Brd 3-3, SCA 2-5 Overall: Brd 5-6, SCA 6-9 Next: Brainerd at Buffalo 7:15 p.m. Tuesday It's better to win ugly than lose pretty and that's what happened to the Brainerd Warriors Friday. Brainerd shot 29 percent from the field and turned the ball over 11 times, but still managed a 54-47 Central Lakes Conference victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles at Brainerd High School.
Josh Maucieri lives on the ice, but it was work in his basement that may have paid off the most. The senior right wing for the Northern Lakes Lightning would spend hours after school perfecting his shot. As a seventh- and eighth-grader and even deep into his freshmen year, Maucieri would take hundreds of shots every night at a net his father constructed for him. The work has created one of the best shots in the area, according to Lightning head coach Craig Larson. "We need goal scoring to win games and when Josh is scoring we're winning games," said Larson. "Josh is fast and protects the puck very well. He's got really good vision and ice awareness and he shoots the puck anywhere between 10 to 15 times a game. Whether they hit the net or not, he's shooting the puck at least 20 times per game. And at some point or another, I've trained all these players around here for quite a while in the summer and there is not many who have a shot like him. There's a few, but not many.