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 9 months
EAST GULL LAKE—Mark Coyle is tired, but with every road trip the new University of Minnesota athletic director reenergizes. Coyle was refueling Tuesday during his visit at Cragun's Resort as part of the 16th annual U of M Golf Event to raise money for the Gopher Athletic Scholarship fund.
Cragun's Legacy Courses will be one of 256 sites across the United States to host the Drive, Chip and Putt qualifier June 30 at the Par 3 Course and driving range. Deacon's Lodge hosted the event last year with solid participation numbers. This will be the second year the area has hosted a qualifier, which has PGA golf professional Chris Foley excited for the turnout.
Class 1A state track Who: 16 area boys, 20 area girls will compete When: June 10-11 Where: Hamline University, St. Paul Sandwiched between Chloe Bermel's 100- and 200-meter dashes might be her best shot at state gold. The Pequot Lakes junior is seeded fifth in the 100 dash for the Class 1A state meet Thursday and Friday at Hamline University. She's just .15 seconds from the No. 1 seed. She owns the second-fastest 200 dash time (25.39) that she won the Section 6-1A meet with. The top time is T'Nia Riley of Minneapolis North with a 25.08.
Class 1A state softball Who: Pine River-Backus (20-7) vs. Edgerton/Southwestern Minnesota Christian (17-7) What: Class 1A state quarterfinals When: 1 p.m. Thursday Where: Caswell Park, North Mankato This is not new territory for John Riewer. The Pine River-Backus head coach helped the Tigers to their first Class 1A state appearance last week as they battled back through the losers' bracket to knock off top-seeded Sebeka twice in the Section 5-1A final.
Class 2A state softball Who: Pequot Lakes Patriots (23-2) vs. Pipestone (24-0) What: Class 2A state quarterfinals When: 9 a.m. Thursday Where: Caswell Park, North Mankato Who are the Pipestone Arrows? That's what the Pequot Lakes Patriots hope to figure out quickly in their Class 2A state quarterfinal matchup 9 a.m. Thursday at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
Camp Classic What: Golf and fishing fundraiser for Confidence Learning Center Where: Madden's Resort When: June 17-18 New: A Long Drive competition June 16 Few things can be said to be inaugural when dealing with the storied history of the Confidence Learning Center Golf Classic. In its 43rd season of raising money for Camp Confidence, the tournament has used different venues, but found a home at The Classic at Madden's Resort the last seven years. Five years ago the tournament committee added a nine-hole option for those too busy for 18 holes.
Brittney Boser Year: Sophomore School: Pierz Sport: Softball Position: Pitcher Highlights: Pitched the Pioneers to four straight Section 6-2A losers' bracket victories Brittney Boser's job was to simply throw strikes. However, she threw them so well and accumulated so many strikeouts she helped the Pierz Pioneers softball team go from 1-19 last year to the Section 6-2A championship game this year.
Glen Hasselberg's coaching philosophy with Andrew Israelson hasn't changed much in the six years he's coached him. "Open the van door and let him play." Israelson has been a mainstay on the Staples-Motley Cardinals' golf team since seventh grade. This season he's won 10 tournaments, tied for the low round in another and tied for second in another.
Millie Klefsaas Year: Junior School: Staples-Motley Sport: Track and field Position: Pole vault, hurdles Highlights: Set Mid-State Conference and school record in pole vault Millie Klefsaas is back in both mind and body. The Staples-Motley junior entered the track and field season building on a great 100-meter hurdles showing at last year's Class 1A state meet, but also suffering a frustrating pole vaulting season. So far this season, Klefsaas is flying high with her vault.
Jared Sewall Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Baseball Position: Second baseman Highlights: Finished 4-4 with double, triple, three RBIs and three runs against Osakis Patience is the key to Jared Sewall's success. The No. 2 hitter for the Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team waits for the perfect pitch to pounce on and drive. It's why he sees so many pitches during his at bats. Hitting second, Sewall's patience also helps his teammates.