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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Central Lakes Team Conf. Overall Rocori 12-0 27-6 Willmar 11-1 21-7 Sartell 10-3 23-5 Alexandria 8-4 17-13 Brainerd 5-7 18-15 Sauk Rapids 5-7 15-14 Fergus Falls 2-10 5-23 Apollo 2-11 5-22 Tech 0-12 4-21 Central Minnesota Team Conf. Overall Maple Lake 7-0 28-7 Belgrade-BE 6-1 16-13 Kimball 5-2 16-12 Holdingford 3-4 11-17 Eden Valley-W3-4 10-17 Howard Lake 3-4 7-15 Pierz 1-6 6-19 Rockford 0-7 2-23 Granite Ridge Team Conf. Overall Mora 9-1 26-7 Albany 9-1 18-12 Cathedral 7-3 24-6 Becker 7-3 14-13 Foley 5-6 11-13 Little Falls 2-8 11-18 Milaca 2-9 9-18
ST. CLOUD - It wasn't planned. And that's probably why the fourth-ranked Pierz Pioneers didn't have an answer for it. Up until the final play of Saturday's Class 3A state semifinal game at St. Cloud State University, the Pioneers and the top-ranked Rochester Lourdes Eagles had an answer for each other. So close were the two undefeated teams that the game went into overtime after a 17-17 four-quarter, heavyweight battle.
State football What: Class 3A state semifinals Who: Pierz Pioneers (11-0) vs. Rochester Lourdes (11-0) When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: St. Cloud State University At stake: Winner advances to 3A Prep Bowl at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, 1 p.m. Nov. 22 The name Hillman will be heard a lot Saturday over the St. Cloud State University public address system - maybe. Top-ranked Rochester Lourdes deploys two Hillman's in its high-powered offense.
While her grandfather, Rick Nolan, represents the northern part of Minnesota, Maggie Heggerston will represent the entire state next season. The Pequot Lakes Patriots senior signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning at Pequot Lakes High School to play Division I golf for the University of Minnesota Gophers. Heggerston, Class 2A's defending co-state champion, said she's excited and confident her game will carry over to the next level. "I don't really have too many concerns about my game," said Heggerston. "I'm not going to expect much of myself that first year. Not in a bad way.
State Swimming and Diving Who: Brainerd Warriors, Little Falls Flyers What: Class 1A and 2A state meet When: Class 1A diving prelims noon, Wednesday; Class 2A diving prelims 6 p.m. Wednesday; Class 2A swimming prelims 6 p.m. Friday; Class 1A finals noon Friday; Class 2A finals 6 p.m. Friday Where: University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Minneapolis From the first to the last event with a few sprinkled in between. That's how long the Brainerd Warriors hope the Class 2A state swimming and diving meet lasts. The Warriors will open with the 200-yard medley relay, the meet's first event.
Pierz 42, DGF 28 Key: Pierz rushed for 392 yards and built a 35-7 lead Overall: Prz 11-0, DGF 8-3 Next: vs. Rochester Lourdes/St. Croix Lutheran winner in Class 3A state quarterfinal at St. Cloud State University 8 p.m.
Pierz vs. DGF What: Class 3A state quarterfinal Who: Pierz (10-0) vs. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton (8-2) When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: Adamson Field, Brainerd High School Good things happened the last time the Pierz Pioneers played the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels. The last matchup happened in 2004 in the Section 8-2A final at Fargodome. Pierz topped the Rebels 20-10 and went on to win the 2004 Class 2A state title. The same teams meet again, this time in the Class 3A state quarterfinal 6 p.m.
ST. CLOUD - Kolton Eischens said he won't mind missing deer hunting this year. Eischens won't be wearing blaze orange, but instead red and black as he helped the Pierz Pioneers blank St. Cloud Cathedral 48-0 Saturday in the Section 5-3A final at St. Cloud State University. Pierz now will play Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in the Class 3A state quarterfinals at Brainerd Nov. 8.
Offensive line Year: Seniors, juniors and a sophomore School: Pierz Sport: Football Position: Offensive line and tight ends Highlights: Blocked Pierz into the Section 5-3A final They are the true trailblazers. Or more appropriately, the Pioneers. Each week opposing defenses try and beat up, push around and get past the nameless, faceless student-athletes.
Izabella Edin Year: Sophomore School: Verndale Sport: Tennis Position: No. 1 singles Highlights: Finished third in Class 1A state singles tournament Izabella Edin didn't win the tournament, but she certainly made a name for herself. Edin, a sophomore from Verndale playing for the Staples-Motley Cardinals girls tennis team, was the only competitor at the Class 1A state tournament to take a set off of top-ranked and eventual state champion Danielle Gannon of Holy Family Catholic. That feat came during the state singles semifinals Oct.