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.
- Member for
- 4 years 10 months
Zach Struss Year: Senior School: Pine River-Backus Sport: Football Position: Quarterback Highlights: Threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-17 passing and ran in a score against Fertile-Beltrami. Zach Struss is starting to zing it. At least that's what Pine River-Backus Tigers head football coach Tom Demars has noticed the past two games. In PR-B's first two games - a 26-6 win over Red Lake County and a 20-12 win over New York Mills - Struss went a combined 19-32 for 268 yards and two touchdowns. In the last two games for the Tigers - a 14-7 win at Blackduck and a 28-14 win
Ari LeMieur Year: Eighth grade School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Cross country Highlights: Won the Pequot Lakes Invite in 23:32 Slight in stature, but heavy on determination. Ari LeMieur is only in eighth grade, but already she's gaining a reputation of being one of the top area runners. Just ask Pequot Lakes' Grace McGuire, who gave everything she had during Brainerd's Run for the Melon event Sept. 4 to beat LeMieur. The rookie cross country runner for the Patriots made it her mission not to lose to LeMieur and said as much in an interview afterward.
Warriors 4, Alexandria 3 Highlight: Kiera Schweitzberger won her varsity debut Conf: Brd 4-1, Alex 2-3 Overall: Brd 8-4, Alex 6-5 Next: Brainerd at St. Cloud Tech 4:30 p.m. Thursday Ashley Fitterer may have said it best when describing why Brainerd's No. 1 double team is so good. "We are like the same person just split in two," said the senior. Brainerd Warriors seniors Ashley Fitterer and Brooke Mimmack have been playing No. 1 doubles for the past three seasons. They've had gutsy wins, easy wins and come-from-behind wins.
Verndale 43, Buffalo Lake 8 Highlight: Mitch Blaha rushed for 111 yards and caught two passes for 104 more Overall: V 3-1, BLH 1-3 Next: Verndale at Rothsay 7 p.m. Friday VERNDALE - At the halfway point of the season, the Verndale Pirates are clicking. Verndale racked up 418 yards of offense.
Noah Boser Year: Senior School: Pierz Sport: Football Position: Fullback, linebacker Highlights: Rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against Melrose Leo Pohlkamp called his senior captain "Mr. Utility." The Mr. comes from the respect the Pierz head football coach has for Noah Boser as a quiet team leader of the 3-0 and Class 3A's third-ranked Pioneers.
Sydney Holt Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Tennis Position: No. 2 singles Highlights: Improved to 12-1 last week Sydney Holt might be one of the area's best tennis players not playing No. 1 singles. The Pequot Lakes senior has found a home at No. 2 singles for the Pequot Lakes Patriots and the one-two punch of her and fellow senior Haley Wiebolt has made the Patriots a formidable tennis team. "I think it helps a lot because our team is really connected with each other," said Holt about having solid play at the top two singles spots.
Tom Sanford has a story to tell. The Forestview Middle School teacher doesn't have plans to become the next Garrison Keillor, but he has a compelling story. It's an old story. It's black. It's red. It's historical. It's a story about appreciation. Around 7 p.m. Friday, Sanford gets to tell a little bit more of it. The story isn't his, but one he inherited as head football coach for the Aitkin Gobblers.
Warriors 6, Sartell 1 Conf: Brd 3-0, S 0-2 Overall: Brd 7-3, S 1-4 Next: Brainerd at Willmar 4:30 p.m. Thursday Through the process of elimination, Payge Fitterer deducted she would likely be playing No. 1 singles this season. At first, the Brainerd Warrior sophomore admitted she was nervous.
Aitkin 21, Crosby-Ironton 20 Key: Jack Kuppich's extra-point kick was the difference Subdistrict: A 1-0, CI 0-1 Overall: A 2-1, CI 1-2 Next: Aitkin hosts Pine City 7 p.m. Friday; Crosby-Ironton at Esko 7 p.m.
Headline Team: Alexandria won, Brainerd third Individual: Alexandria's Bethany Hasz won followed by her twin sister Megan Next: Brainerd, Little Falls in Monticello Invitational at Vintage Golf Course, Otsego, 4 p.m. Thursday; Pillager, at Wadena-Deer Creek Invite 4:30 p.m. Tuesday; Crosby-Ironton, Pillager at Pequot Lakes Invite at Emily Greens Golf Course 4 p.m.