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.
Is your golf game good enough to tackle The Classic at Madden's? Do you have a bunch of friends who are as crazy as you? If so, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and sign up for the Brainerd Sports Boosters Classic 6-6-6 Shootout. A fee of $100 per player gets you into the tournament that has both a gross and a net division. Tee times begin at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the premier golf course of Madden's Resort in East Gull Lake. There is a 7 p.m. reception and dinner at the Madden Inn North Star room.
Jake Larson Year: Sophomore School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Football Position: Running back, cornerback Highlights: Rushed for 158 yards, caught two passes for 15 yards, picked off two passes and returned punt for score against Hibbing Jake Larson was supposed to play a complementary role. After the first two weeks of the prep football season, Larson is getting nothing but complements. The sophomore running back rushed for 158 yards on 25 carries. He caught two passes for 15 yards and returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown.
Claire Browning Year: Junior School: Aitkin Sport: Tennis Position: No. 1 singles Highlights: Won Eberhart Tournament at Pine City It's a constant battle for Claire Browning. It appears to be one she is winning. The Aitkin Gobblers' junior tennis player is ranked No. 2 in the Class 1A individual rankings. She is 12-0 this season and just collected her 100th career victory Thursday. Browning joins Kelsey Klucas as the only Gobbler girls to reach the century mark. Browning owns a career record of 100-30, but those haven't been her biggest opponents of late.
The question became how to stop Willmar's Leah Ruter. Unfortunately the Brainerd Warriors never discovered an answer Tuesday leading to a 3-1 Central Lakes Conference loss at Brainerd High School.
In a game that may catapult the Little Falls Flyers to a great season, Brighton Goodrich made the play. Flyers head coach Jay DeCann recreated it as if it was unfolding before his eyes. "We were just flat and then on a kickoff return he was going and he ran right at a guy," said DeCann. "He went hard and lowered his shoulder and ran over him. Then he ran for 15 more yards and was just carrying a couple of other guys the whole time. That was the spark that got us going. He was inspirational in leading our comeback."
Since seventh grade, Haley Wiebolt has eyed one goal. Even after bumping up to the No. 1 singles spot as a freshman she's still maintained the desire to reach the century mark for career victories. The junior did just that Aug. 16 with a 6-2, 6-4 victory over Lakeville South's Katie Sourbeck during the Pequot Lakes quadrangular. Pequot went on to win the match 5-2.
Pierz 28, Maple Lake 21 Key: Three Maple Lake turnovers helped Pierz hang on Conf: Prz 1-0, ML 0-1 Overall: Prz 2-0, ML 1-1 Next: Pierz at Holdingford 7 p.m. Friday PIERZ - A picturesque fall Friday night almost turned into a nightmare for the Pierz Pioneers. For as perfect as Pierz played in the first half, that's how good the Maple Lake Irish moved the ball in the second half.
Warriors 5, Willmar 0 Key: Bryn Waters scored three times in Warrior win Conf: Brd 2-0-1, SCA 1-1 Overall: Brd 3-1-1, SCA 3-2 Next: Brainerd at Fergus Falls 6 p.m. Thursday Bryn Waters couldn't remember who assisted on her goals. That's because there were so many good passes and Waters scored three times to lead the Brainerd Warriors to a 5-0 Central Lakes Conference victory over St. Cloud Apollo at Adamson Field in Brainerd. Brainerd's offense dissected Apollo's defense for 21 shots on goal.
Preserving The Preserve is this fall's project at Grand View Lodge. On Sept. 29, The Preserve at Grand View Lodge will be closed for reconstruction to the course and clubhouse. The project's highlight will be hole No. 5 -- often considered the course's signature hole not because of its breathtaking views, but rather its difficulty. The 438-yard par 4 fifth hole is the No. 1 handicap hole, meaning the hardest of the 18 holes. Two large wetlands defend the fairway and green.
BAXTER - It all came rushing back to David Supinski Friday. After double hip surgery erased most of his sophomore and junior seasons, Supinski ran his first cross country meet in a long time. The result was a fifth-place finish during Brainerd's Run for the Melon event at Forestview Middle School. The Brainerd Warrior senior, who enjoyed a successful track and field season last spring, looked happy with his 17:39. "It's a lot longer than the 400 (-meter dash) that I run in track. That's for sure," Supinski said. "It felt good to be back out here. I love these races with so much more of a mental game because it is so much longer."
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