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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Jami Nelson is a point guard trapped in a center's body. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers basketball player grew up hoping to be the next Lindsay Whalen. Instead she grew into a 6-foot-1 post player for the Rangers. She said she still thinks about running the offense. "I think when I was young I always played with the mentality of a point guard," said Nelson. "I always wanted to be Lindsay Whalen. I just grew and they put me at the post. I really like handling the ball, though."
Warriors 70, Apollo 4 Key: Warriors secured five pins and six forfeits Conf: Brd 5-1, SCA 0-4 Overall: Brd 9-6, SCA 1-10 Next: Brainerd at Champlin Park duals Saturday Happy birthday Andy Pickar. The Brainerd Warriors hall of fame wrestler, and former two-time Class 3A individual state champion, still owns part of the school's all-time wins record. That's because the young man he's tied with, Andy Schlosser, suffered an 8-0 defeat in Thursday's 70-4 Central Lakes Conference victory over St. Cloud Apollo at Brainerd High School.
A high-pressure system invaded Brainerd Tuesday. Only this pressure didn't create a storm. It inhibited one. The Brainerd Warriors intensified their defensive pressure around the perimeter preventing the Sauk Rapids Storm from attacking the paint where they had a noticeable size advantage leading to a 56-42 Central Lakes Conference victory at Brainerd High School.
Warriors 54, Apollo 47 Key: Joey Sauer scored 10 second-half points Conf: Brd 3-3, SCA 2-5 Overall: Brd 5-6, SCA 6-9 Next: Brainerd at Buffalo 7:15 p.m. Tuesday It's better to win ugly than lose pretty and that's what happened to the Brainerd Warriors Friday. Brainerd shot 29 percent from the field and turned the ball over 11 times, but still managed a 54-47 Central Lakes Conference victory over the St. Cloud Apollo Eagles at Brainerd High School.
Josh Maucieri lives on the ice, but it was work in his basement that may have paid off the most. The senior right wing for the Northern Lakes Lightning would spend hours after school perfecting his shot. As a seventh- and eighth-grader and even deep into his freshmen year, Maucieri would take hundreds of shots every night at a net his father constructed for him. The work has created one of the best shots in the area, according to Lightning head coach Craig Larson. "We need goal scoring to win games and when Josh is scoring we're winning games," said Larson. "Josh is fast and protects the puck very well. He's got really good vision and ice awareness and he shoots the puck anywhere between 10 to 15 times a game. Whether they hit the net or not, he's shooting the puck at least 20 times per game. And at some point or another, I've trained all these players around here for quite a while in the summer and there is not many who have a shot like him. There's a few, but not many.
With a full season under her belt, could this be the year of Kendal Hendrickson? The senior on the Little Falls Flyers Nordic ski team is making it seem that way. Hendrickson posted a winning time of 14:58 to win the St. Cloud Cathedral Invite Jan. 3 She led a group of four Flyers, who all finished in the top 10, to the team victory.
One game sits on Bryce Tesdahl's wish list. If he gave the question more thought, that list might expand to a Section 1-4A title game and a Class 4A state championship game, but on a Wednesday morning reminiscing about past success, the former Associated Press Player of the Year said the one game he wants on his schedule would be played in the Ranger Gym—a gym he and his 2008 teammates often filled to capacity.
Attitude and effort is the Little Falls Flyers' boys hockey motto. Few exemplify that better than senior forward Bryce DeDomines. The two-year varsity player battled through the hockey ranks. His sophomore season he played junior varsity. He was a third-liner last season. This year, he's leading the team in points and in the locker room.
Sydney Tietz is just happy to be on skates again. Her Northern Lakes Lightning girls hockey teammates are happy she's on their team and not the opposition. After two knee surgeries kept Tietz off the ice for most of her sophomore season, the junior has been on a terror.
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.