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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- 6 years 5 months
Matt Tautges Year: Senior School: Pierz Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 56 points in two games last week Joe Kahl had little trouble describing his guard. "Extreme athletic ability." Without much prodding, those were the words that flowed out of the first-year head boys basketball coach of the Pierz Pioneers when asked about Matt Tautges. The senior scorer has been a bright spot in a learning season for the Pioneers, who entered the Section 6-2A playoffs with a 3-23 record.
Shyanne Loiland Year: Sophomore School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds against Barnum and 18 points against Pequot Lakes Shyanne Loiland is reaching new heights on the basketball court. As a freshman, Loiland saw limited time and her numbers reflected that. This year, the Crosby-Ironton sophomore had the Rangers one game away from the state tournament.
Crosby-Ironton 61, Pillager 51 Key: The Rangers' Noah Gindorff finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds Overall: CI 25-2, Pill 16-11 Next: C-I vs. Hinckley-Finlayson in Section 7-2A quarterfinals at Duluth Denfeld 1 p.m. Saturday. CROSBY—Four days were spent trying to figure out how to defend Noah Gindorff.
Warriors 75, Sauk Rapids 56 Key: Warriors held the Storm to 33 percent shooting Conf: Brd 8-8, SR 6-10 Overall: Brd 11-15, SR 12-14 Next: Brainerd in Section 8-4A playoffs TBA Tuesday Cody Christensen got mauled twice Friday. Corbin Pikula made a free throw at Brainerd High School. Michael Bieganek battled foul trouble most of the Central Lakes Conference clash with Sauk Rapids, but still grabbed six rebounds.
Shania Glenz Year: Senior School: Verndale Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Reached 2,000 points in win over Nevis For the past five seasons, Shania Glenz has been an imposing force on the basketball court. It's only fitting she becomes the first player in Verndale school history to reach 2,000 career points.
Mac Schluttner Year: Senior School: Verndale Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Surpassed 1,000 career points after scoring 23 against Wadena-Deer Creek Mac Schluttner knew it wasn't going to be easy. A crowd filled with family and friends motivated the Verndale Pirates' senior forward, who needed 19 points to reach 1,000 for his basketball career. A little reverse psychology from his head coach helped, too.
Surprises might be in store for the Class 3A state Individual tournament. That's the mindset of Brainerd co-head coach Mike Boran and Little Falls head coach Mike Hendrickson are taking into the tournament that begins Friday and ends Saturday at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Brainerd advanced three wrestlers to the state tournament, including 113-pound champion Chad Orsburn. The junior enters his first state tournament with momentum, the No. 8 ranking and a 31-2 record. He will open against unranked Zach Wallace of Minnetonka (24-12, junior).
Crosby-Ironton 58, Esko 55 Key: The Rangers' Evan Edmundson scored nine overtime points Overall: CI 23-2, E 22-3 Next: Crosby-Ironton hosts Aitkin 7:15 p.m. Thursday CROSBY—With a smile as wide as one of the old mining lakes on the Cuyuna Range, Evan Edmundson said it felt great. The senior guard for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers was referring to his game-winning 3-point basket at the buzzer to lift Class 2A's fourth-ranked Rangers to a 58-55 overtime victory over No. 6-ranked Esko Tuesday.
Pequot Lakes head coach Jon Dale believes Olivia Lane is better than her sister Vanessa Lane was at this point in her career. That's high praise considering the elder Lane, who now runs track for South Dakota State University, was the Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year and helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots to the Class 2A state basketball tournament. But Vanessa Lane blossomed in her final two seasons on the basketball court. Olivia Lane has already staked her claim as a force to be reckoned with.
Almost five seconds. That's how much the Brainerd Warriors 200-yard medley relay team shaved off of its prelim time to win Saturday's Section 8-2A championship and advance to the Class 2A state tournament. The foursome of Preston Owen, Michael Bylander, Gunnar Niemeyer and Griffin Blegen posted a 1:37.93 to better Elk River's second-place time of 1:38.87. Brainerd's prelim time of 1:42.72 was almost two seconds behind Elk River's prelim time. The foursome also set a St. Cloud Tech pool record breaking the previous record of 1:38.43 by St. Michael-Albertville in 2012.