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
- 5 years 11 months
"Animal House" on wheels. For many that's an apt description of a guys weekend or road trip. In some respects, the Up North trip has similarities to the 1978 comedy classic. Adjectives become more proficient and colorful. Liquid diets replace normal eating habits and the departure of one's hard-earned income slips away faster than John Belushi could make audiences laugh.
Sam Beam Year: Junior School: Little Falls Sport: Boys soccer Position: Forward Highlights: Scored five goals and assisted on another last week Sam Beam is a blur. A blur of speed on the soccer pitch that is. The junior forward for the Little Falls Flyers boys soccer team uses his speed to score goals and in doing so led the Flyers on a five-game unbeaten streak.
Detroit Lakes 34, Pequot Lakes 25 Key: Cameron Erb's 78-yard TD run sealed the victory Sub: PL 1-3, DL 3-1 Overall: PL 2-3, DL 4-1 Next: Pequot Lakes at Park Rapids 6 p.m. Friday PEQUOT LAKES—Max Tangen could find no fault with how his team persevered. The senior quarterback fought off tears of physical pain and tears from disappointment as his Pequot Lakes Patriots fell 34-25 to the Detroit Lakes Lakers Friday in a Midwest Red Subdistrict game.
Casey Volkmann Year: Junior School: Wadena-Deer Creek Sport: Volleyball Position: Outside hitter Highlights: Finished with 20 kills and 14 digs against Detroit Lakes. She added 19 kills and 11 digs against New York Mills. Casey Volkmann grew up around success. She watched as her older sister and mother helped Wadena-Deer Creek to the 2010 Class 2A state title. And despite heading back to the state title the year before and the Section 8-2A final the year after that, W-DC hasn't reached the level of success since.
Mark Neva called it a vivid and electric memory. The head PGA professional at Deacon's Lodge was standing in the pro shop of the not-yet open 18-hole championship golf course in Breezy Point. It was an overcast, colder Memorial Day in 1999 and Neva was waiting impatiently to host a kickoff event. Then it started.
This was the game Nicole Wiesner feared the most. Thanks to two quick Moorhead goals to start each half, the Spuds head coach saw those fears dissipate Tuesday. Moorhead scored in the 34th and 30th minute of the first half to build a 2-0 lead and then scored at 37:36 and 36:06 of the second half to rebuild its lead to an insurmountable 5-2.
Pierz 35, EV-W 20 Key: Pierz rattled off 19-play, 9-minute drive in second half Conf: Prz 2-1, EVW 2-1 Overall: Prz 3-1, EVW 3-1 Next: Pierz at Howard Lake-Waverly 7 p.m. Friday PIERZ—Even with splashes of flash, it was grind-it-out football that pushed Pierz to a 35-20 victory Friday.
Ridge Hunstad Year: Senior School: Pillager Sport: Football Position: Running back, cornerback Highlights: Rushed for 271 yards and three touchdowns on 13 carries against New York Mills Ridge Hunstad is a young man of few words. If the Pillager Huskies senior does say something, it carries weight in the football locker room. But the four-year varsity contributor makes his best statements on the field.
Izabella Edin Year: Senior School: Staples-Motley Sport: Tennis Position: No. 1 singles Highlights: Won the Mid-State Conference singles title She's back. After a year of playing United States Tennis Association tournaments, Izabella Edin returned to the Staples-Motley Cardinals' girls tennis team where she is owning No. 1 singles competition this season. Edin is 20-0 and ranked No. 2 in the Class 1A individual poll. It's one spot up from where she started the season.
For Payge Fitterer and Kate Kurtzman it was over in no time. For others, like Brainerd's No. 1 and 2 doubles teams, it took a little longer. Regardless of time the end result was the same across the board as the Warriors swept the St. Cloud Apollo/Sauk Rapids-Rice/St. Cloud Cathedral Collision 7-0 Thursday at Brainerd High School.