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 66, Willmar 59 Key: Brainerd hit 14-of-18 free throws in second half Conf: Brd 2-3, W 1-4 Overall: Brd 3-6, W 6-4 Next: Brainerd at Moorhead 5 p.m. Saturday It was celebrated Thursday, but it may have already happened last week. Michael Russell became the 11th Brainerd Warrior boy to surpass 1,000 career points during a Dec. 29 loss to Elk River. The milestone wasn't celebrated until Thursday, after Russell sank a 3-pointer in the Warriors' 66-59 Central Lakes Conference victory over Willmar at Brainerd High School.
CROSBY—What started as a close contest turned one-sided in a hurry. After a first half that featured seven ties, two lead changes and six points as the largest point differential, Tuesday's Mid-State Conference clash became lopsided in the second half as the Crosby-Ironton Rangers used a 15-0 run to pull away from the Pequot Lakes Patriots and claim a 72-50 victory. Jack Silgen scored nine of those 15 points as he finished with 22 points for the game. The 6-foot-5 point guard caused havoc on both ends igniting C-I's big run.
It's still early, but Brainerd head coach John Zemke sees signs of a team forming. Winning the Warrior Invite by more than 100 points Thursday at Brainerd High School will help the building process. The Warriors swept the three relay events and received two wins each from Preston Owen and Gunnar Niemeyer.
It wasn't a win, but it didn't feel like a loss either. Class 2A's third-ranked and defending state champion St. Cloud Tech Tigers handed the Brainerd Warriors a 145.425-142 Central Lakes Conference defeat Tuesday at Brainerd High School It was the highest score of the season for Class 2A's seventh-ranked Warriors, who in the famous words of former head coach Dave Maras "left a lot of points out there."
MINNEAPOLIS—It's said linemen in the National Football League need to have a nasty streak in them. It's hard to believe Joe Haeg could even curse let alone impose his physical will on an opponent. On Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, that is exactly what the Indianapolis Colts' rookie did or was. Joe Haeg was nasty. For Colts fans, or one of about 70-some Haeg family and friends in attendance, he was nasty in a good way. The Brainerd High School and North Dakota State University graduate started at right guard against the Minnesota Vikings and he and his fellow linemen helped the Colts' offense register 411 yards of offense leading to a 34-6 beatdown of the home team.
Brainerd 67, Rocori 57 Key: A 15-6 run to start second half keyed Warrior win Conf: Brd 1-1, R 0-2 Overall: Brd 2-2, R 3-3 Next: Brainerd hosts Lakeville South 6:30 p.m. Saturday Joey Sauer was 4-of-4 in the second half and scored six of his 12 points out of the break to propel the Brainerd Warriors to a 67-57 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Rocori Spartans Friday at Brainerd High School. Sauer's hot hand helped Brainerd turn a 28-23 halftime edge into a 43-29 lead thanks to a 15-6 run.
Ryan Foehrenbacher Year: Senior School: Pillager Sport: Basketball Position: Post Highlights: Finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds against Aitkin and 16 points against Royalton. Ryan Foehrenbacher's list of responsibilities were already long to begin the season. But when fellow senior and the only other returning starter of the Pillager Huskies basketball team, Ridge Hunstad, went down with an injury, Foehrenbacher's job became more intensive.
Sam Gutzman Year: Senior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Hockey Position: Center Highlights: Scored two goals and assisted on two more against Willmar Before every game, Sam Gutzman reminds herself what's at stake. The Crosby-Ironton senior, who plays on the Northern Lakes Lightning hockey team, quiets her mind. The five-year varsity player then has a quick conversation with herself.
Rogers 61, Warriors 59 Key: Rogers held Brainerd to 30-percent shooting in first half for a 40-33 halftime lead Overall: Brd 5-2, R 2-6 Next: Brainerd hosts Cambridge-Isanti 3 p.m. Saturday The odds were not in the Rogers Royals' favor Thursday. The Royals entered the Section 8-4A matchup with the red-hot Brainerd Warriors with a 1-6 record. Head coach Chuck Thompson resigned Dec. 5 because of health reasons and the game was played at Brainerd High School.
Despite strong numbers, questions remain heading into the Brainerd Warriors' season. The No. 1 question—who wants to be a sprinter? Brainerd will be solid throughout the different strokes and distance freestyles, but when it comes to sprinters, Brainerd head coach John Zemke is on the hunt.