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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- 5 years 3 months
Noah Landrus Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Wrestling Position: 160 pounds Highlights: Won Big Bear Tournament, second at Rumble on the Red Noah Landrus has just one loss this season, but it confirmed what he needed to know to win a state title. The Aitkin Gobblers' senior is 17-1 this season with 10 pins. His one loss came Dec. 30 in the championship of the Rumble on the Red in Fargo.
Haley Wiebolt Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 41 points, seven assists and seven steals against Roseau and 17 points, 10 assists and five steals against Crookston It's been a milestone year for Haley Wiebolt. This fall, the Pequot Lakes senior surpassed 150 career tennis victories and advanced to her first Class 1A state tennis tournament.
Clint Poster's name is associated with one. He'd like to get two more. This week's Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week helped the St. Cloud State University Huskies wrestling team to a NCAA Division II national championship last season.
St. Cloud State University senior Clint Poster was named the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Wrestler of the Week Monday. Poster, of Pierz, won his fourth tournament championship of the season at the Viking-Warrior Open Saturday at Fremont, Neb. He claimed the top spot in the 165-pound bracket with a 4-0 record.
About the only thing that hasn't gone Hayden Zillmer's way is the weather. Zillmer, an avid outdoorsman, missed out on his traditional ice fishing excursions this holiday season because of the lack of ice. The North Dakota State University senior took it out on his wrestling opponents as the NCAA's 12th-ranked 184-pounder competed in the Midlands Championships at Evanston, Ill., Tuesday and Wednesday.
Peder Smith feels redeemed. As a junior, Smith and his teammates watched as someone other than the Brainerd Warriors won the Warrior invite for the first time in more than 30 years. That wasn't the case Tuesday as Smith swam to two individual firsts and helped two relays win helping the Warriors reclaim their invite dominance at Brainerd High School.
Hunter Larson was not a great cross country runner. He's the first to admit that. But the work he put in during the fall season is paying dividends this basketball season and that was the goal all along. The senior guard for the Pequot Lakes Patriots has improved all of his shooting percentages, which has translated into a better winning percentage for Pequot. The Patriots were 5-1 heading into Friday night's Mid-State Conference matchup with unbeaten Detroit Lakes.
Gabby Martin is getting it done on both ends of the floor this season. The Pillager junior guard has always been a force on the offensive end. This season, she's carrying her talents over to the defensive side where she's become a disruptive force for the Huskies. During Pillager's 51-33 season-opening victory over Onamia Dec. 3, Martin tallied 16 points and five steals.
Brainerd went big points hunting Thursday. With eight pins, two forfeits and a technical fall, the Brainerd Warriors slapped the Sauk Rapids Storm with a 69-8 Central Lakes Conference loss at Brainerd High School. Brad and Kyle Patnode opened the dual with back-to-back pins followed by Cole Kubesh's technical fall and a Drew Breun pin to open a 23-0 lead.
There's a youth movement in the Brainerd High School swimming pool. With just five seniors, and only five juniors, the Warriors will rely heavily on a large sophomore and freshmen class to fill in the roster this season.