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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Melanie Dorn has come back with a vengeance. The Little Falls senior tore her ACL Oct. 13, 2014. She had surgery Nov. 20 and missed the entire basketball season. Dorn was out for nine months as she took her time getting back on the court. She wanted to make sure she was 100 percent. Dorn is 100 percent this fall and her play proves it.
It was a season of growing and change for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers. Few experienced as much change as junior quarterback Noah Gindorff. The three-year starter saw his role as a facilitator on offense change to playmaker. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder also moved from safety to outside linebacker to defensive end during the course of the Rangers' 3-6 season.
Section 5-3A final Who: Pierz (9-0) vs. Annandale (7-3) When: 4 p.m. Saturday Where: St. Cloud State University Last meeting: Week One: Pierz won 38-12 Pierz head coach Leo Pohlkamp said Annandale is "really improved." Annandale head coach Matt Walter said the difference in his team from Week One to now, a day before Saturday's Section 5-3A final at St. Cloud State University, is "night and day." But are the third-seeded Cardinals 26-points better? That is the question that will be answered when Annandale faces the defending section champion and No.
FARGO - While the score was much different, the result was the same. For the second straight year, the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels eliminated the Pequot Lakes Patriots in the Section 8-3A finals at the Fargodome. Thursday's game witnessed eight times the amount of scoring, however, as the top-seeded and No. 2 ranked Rebels racked up a 36-13 victory to advance to its second-straight state tournament. Last year's game featured just one touchdown. One similarity between the two section finals was Pequot turnovers. The Patriots suffered three first-half interceptions and DGF capitalized on all three.
Revenge or repeat? Regarding Thursday's Section 8-3A final, one of those words will rule the day as No. 2-seeded Pequot Lakes attempts to seek revenge on top-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, which hopes to repeat as section champs. Last year's slugfest at the Fargodome ended in a 6-0 victory for the top-seeded Rebels. A similar scene is set for 8 p.m. Thursday. Pequot Lakes (8-2) is seeded second, while the Rebels (8-1) are the top seed again.
Reid Pierzinski is not your typical cross country runner. The Pequot Lakes sophomore has led the Patriots' boy cross country team to a win at Deer River and second-place finishes at the Ranger Invite at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge and at the Mid-State Conference meet in Long Prairie. Come spring, however, Pierzinski trades in his distance shoes for a pair of sprinter's spikes.
Keila Schmitz Year: Senior School: Verndale Sport: Football Position: Linebacker, offensive line Highlights: Finished with 22 tackles against Laporte Verndale senior Keila Schmitz on her decision to play football: "I have two younger brothers closer to my age and then one younger - a younger brother in fifth grade. So I would always just go outside and play with my two closer brothers and we just kind of got along. When it came to junior high, I wasn't really digging volleyball any more.
Jerod Novak Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Football Position: Running back, linebacker Highlights: Rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and added 10 tackles against Moose Lake-Willow River Aitkin senior Jerod Novak on how good his team really is: "Our record doesn't show our quality, I personally believe. We're 4-3 (before Friday) and in all reality, if you look at it, we could just as easily be a 7-0 team. Mora is top five and Esko is a top five team in the state. Those are fun games for me. We're in dogfights against teams we're not even supposed to be in games with.
Alice Foote Year: Sophomore School: Little Falls Sport: Swimming Position: Backstroke, freestyle, relays Highlights: Was a double winner against Sauk Rapids, including a school record backstroke Flyers head coach Tim Corbett on the quick development of his swimmer Alice Foote: "Her stroke was so ugly you wouldn't believe. She just didn't have any experience in swimming. She liked swimming, but she wasn't very good. She walked into practice and her legs went up to her chin. She was just all legs.
CROSBY - It was all about timing Thursday at John Davies Field. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers timed two touchdown passes perfectly and defensively timed their blitzes at key moments leading to a 22-6 non-subdistrict win over the International Falls Broncos.