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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Lane Girtz Year: Junior School: Pierz Sport: Baseball Position: Shortstop and pitcher Highlights: In last six games, hitting 13-22 with nine runs, 12 RBIs, a double, two home runs and three stolen bases For the past three seasons, the first name Danny Saehr writes down every game day is Lane Girtz. The Pierz Pioneers' junior has been hitting leadoff and starting at shortstop since he was a freshman. It was an easy decision from the start and the Pierz baseball coach has not made a change since.
Laura Squires Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Laura Squires Position: Second base Highlights: Went 11-for-20 with six runs, one double, 11 RBIs and a stolen base last week Laura Squires is unselfish, hard-working, smart and relentless. On a talent-filled team, she might be the most important piece of the Pequot Lakes softball team, which is ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, earned the No. 1 seed in the North Subsection 6-2A playoffs and advanced to the semifinals after eliminating Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday.
Deacon's Invite Team: Warriors win by 2 over S-M Individual: Andrew Israelson shoots even par 72 Next: Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus, Staples-Motley, Wadena-Deer Creek in Mid-Minn Championship at Cragun's Legacy Courses Noon Monday BREEZY POINT—Andrew Israelson did something Wednesday he's never done in six varsity seasons. Israelson joined Pat Helling and Nick Forsberg on the list of Staples-Motley Cardinals to win the Deacon's Invite at Deacon's Lodge.
Warrior Quadrangular Girls highlight: Sophie Balster won both throwing events Boys highlight: Luke West won the 800 and was on two winning relays Team finishes: Warrior boys win, girls third Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference meet at Alexandria 3 p.m. May 24 Luke West is not a rookie anymore. The Brainerd Warriors' senior enjoyed a state-caliber junior year as a first-time track and field athlete. This year he knows what to expect and his expectations are nothing short of another state trip.
Justin Jenks Year: Senior School: Little Falls Sport: Baseball Position: Pitcher, shortstop Highlights: Pitched victories against Milaca and Becker Justin Jenks capped off a successful wrestling career with a victory in the Class 3A state individual wrestling tournament. He's hoping to finish his high school baseball career with a victory as well. Jenks, who placed third in the 170-pound weight class of the state wrestling tournament, has helped the Little Falls Flyers to the No. 2 ranking in Class 3A and a 10-3 overall record.
Julia Johnson Year: Freshman School: Pillager Sport: Track and field Events: high jump, long jump, pole vault, hurdles Highlights: Won three events at Sebeka Invite and scored two runners-up finishes at Pillager Invite Julia Johnson may have thought about the Class 1A state track and field meet, but she's doing a good job of hiding it. The Pillager Huskies' freshman said it was weird for her to already be thinking about the state meet, but she may need to if she continues to perform as she has been.
EAST GULL LAKE—Welcome to varsity golf Anne Campion and Annika Christiansen. The two Brainerd Warriors rookies were thrust into Wednesday's Warrior Invite at The Classic at Madden's and both provided counting scores. Campion scored a 119 and Christiansen a 123 to help the Brainerd Warriors to a tie for 10th place with Wadena-Deer Creek on a tough course in even tougher conditions.
Warriors finish fifth Individual boys highlights: Greg Rider scored Brainerd's lone first Individual girls highlights: Miller, Sunderland, Harmer all grabbed thirds Next: Brainerd hosts CLC triangular 4 p.m. Tuesday Greg Rider was riding a wave of confidence heading into Tuesday's Section 8-3A True Team meet. The Brainerd junior was coming off a winning effort in the discus Saturday at Wayzata. On Tuesday, it was the shot put that highlighted the Warrior's day.
When Miah Hansen isn't mowing down Upper Mississippi Conference batters, she's preparing her younger teammates to do the same. The Pine River-Backus junior has pitched the Tigers to a 6-0 conference record and 9-4 overall mark. The three-year ace said she's honed her craft with her father during the offseason.
Jonny Kasper's high school accolades got bigger last week. The Pierz Pioneers' senior is already a member of the Class 3A state Prep Bowl championship team. He'd already played in three state football tournaments and went to the Class 1A state track and field meet last year as a member of a 4x200-meter relay. On April 29, Kasper put his name in the Pierz record books by clearing the high jump bar at 6-foot-5.5 inches to win the event at the Pierz Invite. Kasper won two other individual events that day and was on the winning 4x400 relay.