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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It's been 14 years since the Pillager Huskies played in the state football tournament. On Friday, the top-seeded Huskies will get their second chance in those 14 years to get back to the fall's final tournament when they face No. 2-seeded Ottertail Central in the Section 6-2A championship game 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Fargodome. The unbeaten Huskies last played in the dome in 2012 when they fell to Browerville/Eagle Valley 20-7 in the Section 6-1A final. --- --- --- Pillager vs. OTC What: Section 6-2A championship When: 5:30 p.m. Friday
Good teams find ways to win despite difficult circumstances. Enter the seventh-ranked Verndale Pirates, who improved to 10-0 and advanced to the Section 4, Nine-Man championship against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy at noon Friday thanks to the arm and legs of their backup quarterback.
Just when things started to look bright for the Pequot Lakes Patriots, enter Aitkin. While the No. 4-seeded Patriots upset the top-seeded Gobblers 14-0 in the Section 8-3A semifinals Saturday, it wasn't without a price. That price being health.
When it came to selecting a new president, there was only one clear choice—Barb Hanson. The Whitefish Golf Club member and former educator will be named the first female president of the Minnesota Golf Association at the organization's 116th annual meeting and awards dinner today, Nov. 1, at Brackett's Crossing Country Club in Lakeville. Hanson has served as the MGA's first vice president the past two years and will move up to president, which is the customary progression within the nonprofit.
Pequot Lakes 14, Aitkin 0 Key: A fumble recovery early and Austin Young's punt return led to the Patriots' win Overall: A 7-2, PL 7-3 Next: Pequot Lakes vs. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Section 8-3A final at Fargodome 5:30 p.m. Friday AITKIN—It's a good bet what the topic of conversation will be 20 years from now. Players from Saturday's Section 8-3A semifinal between the No. 4 Pequot Lakes Patriots and top-seeded Aitkin Gobblers will return to their hometowns to celebrate class reunions.
Izabella Edin's goal is to play great tennis and have fun doing it. That's what the Staples-Motley Cardinals' No. 1 singles player has done all season and it's turned into a 33-0 record heading into the Class 1A state singles tournament Thursday at Reed-Sweet Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Edin placed third as a sophomore before taking a year off from Minnesota State High School League competition to play in the United States Tennis Association. She didn't miss a beat in her return as she cruised through the Section 8-1A bracket to earn the No. 2 seed in the 16-player singles bracket. Edin will open at state against junior Cindy Li of Cotter.
Staples-Motley 46, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Key: S-M rushed for 325 yards and 5 touchdowns Overall: S-M 5-4, W-DC 3-6 Next: Staples-Motley at Pillager in Section 6-2A semifinals 7 p.m. Saturday STAPLES—Both Travis VanOverbeke and Hunter Berggren talked about focus. But focus doesn't usually translate into a 54-point swing. That was the difference between when the Staples-Motley Cardinals lost to the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 28-20 Oct. 14 to when the No. 4 seeded Cardinals eliminated No. 5 W-DC 46-0 from the Section 6-2A playoffs Tuesday.
Nate Jensen couldn't pinpoint one athletic ability that separates his senior forward from other players. Jensen, the head coach of the Lake Region Christian School Hornets boys soccer team, did, however, know why Tyler Ogren is so deadly on the pitch. "He works harder than anyone else," said Nate Jensen. "He's a real hard-worker. "He's in good condition so he doesn't wear down by the end of the game. He likes competition so if he's got a good defender on him, it usually brings out the best in him."
For the first time in Shania Glenz's illustrious volleyball career, older sister Jordyn is not by her side. And while it's been an adjustment for the middle Glenz daughter, it hasn't resulted in a lack of success for her or the Verndale Pirates volleyball team. In limited action during the Pirates' 3-0 Park Region Conference win over Pillager Tuesday, Glenz posted eight kills, eight digs, four ace serves and a block.
Pequot Lakes 27, East Grand Forks 0 Key: Pequot scored on three East Grand turnovers Sub: PL 4-3, EGF 1-6 Overall: PL 5-3, EGF 2-6 Next: Pequot Lakes in Section 8-3A quarterfinals 7 p.m. Tuesday PEQUOT LAKES—Win. Stay healthy. Gain confidence. Pitch a shutout. The Pequot Lakes Patriots were 4-for-4 on their goals Wednesday night as they defeated the East Grand Forks Green Wave 27-0 to head into the Section 8-3A playoffs with a three-game winning streak.