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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Lexi Roby wasn't tired following Thursday's game. She had every right to be. As did the rest of the Brainerd Warriors, who forced the Monticello Magic into 21 turnovers, which were transformed into 21 points. Those extra points helped Brainerd notch a 68-43 non-conference victory at Brainerd High School.
There's a different attitude storming through the Brainerd Warriors locker room. It's a mentality that worked in the past for the Warriors, and head coach Scott Stanfield is excited. "This team just gets along really well together," Stanfield said. "They share the ball sometimes too much. We don't have a bad kid in this bunch. They are all energy givers flying around.
MINNEAPOLIS—It was typical Pierz football with extraordinary results. The Pioneers' defense forced eight St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders fumbles and recovered four of them and the Pierz offense rushed for 328 yards leading to a 34-21 victory in the Class 3A Prep Bowl state championship game Saturday at U.S. Bank Stadium. The No. 2-ranked Pioneers dominated the line of scrimmage to pave the way for Jalen Jansen to rush for 178 yards and two touchdowns and Reese Kapsner for 128 yards and three scores. Those numbers were enough to frustrate the top-ranked Crusaders and lead Pierz to its third Prep Bowl title and its second in two years.
They've never faced off in a regular season game, but Pierz and St. Croix Lutheran share a history of football success. When the top-ranked Crusaders of St. Croix battle the No. 2 ranked Pioneers 1 p.m. Saturday in the class 3A Prep Bowl at U.S. Bank Stadium, it will be another chapter in what has become Class 3A's marquee matchup of playoff perennials. But this clash of Titans started when both programs were in Class 2A. The year after Pierz won its first state title in 2004, the Pioneers traveled to West St. Paul for the Section 4-2A championship game. Pierz defeated St. Croix 69-20 to return to the state tournament.
Casey Volkmann entered her first gymnasium five hours after she came home from the hospital. Some could argue she never left. Following a breakout junior season, the Wadena-Deer Creek senior surpassed her goals and everyone else's expectations of her to lead the Wolverines to the Class 1A State Tournament and earn the honor of being named Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Volleyball Player of the Year.
With a Section 6-1A title, and a fourth-place finish in the Class 1A state tournament, the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines highlight this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Volleyball Team with three players. Pine River-Backus also advanced to state and landed two players on the all-area roster. Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton and Pequot Lakes all landed two players on this year's squad. Players for the all-area team are nominated by head coaches and selected by the Dispatch sports committee. All-Area Team Maggi Fellerman, Aitkin Senior, middle hitter
Pierz 55, Jordan 26 Key: Pierz rushed for 421 yards and held Jordan to just 117 yards passing Overall: Prz 12-0, J 9-4 Next: Pierz vs. St. Croix Lutheran/Pequot Lakes winner for Class 3A State Championship at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis 1 p.m. Saturday MINNEAPOLIS—They begged them to run. The No. 2-ranked Pierz Pioneers pleaded and tempted the Jordan Hubmen to run the ball and by the time Jordan found rushing success it was already trailing 34-0 in Saturday's Class 3A State Semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium.
It's No. 1 ranked vs. unranked. It's perennial state participant vs. first-time state semifinalist. But at this point it's anyone's guess how the top-ranked St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders and Pequot Lakes Patriots match up on the field. Fans will find out 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Class 3A state semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Leo Pohlkamp had to go back to Nov. 18, 2003. That's the last time the head coach's Pierz Pioneers played against a quarterback with numbers similar to Jordan QB Jonathan Draheim. It was the 2003 Class 2A state semifinals, and Pierz faced Breck, which rostered Liam O'Hagen. The future Harvard QB threw for 406 yards against the Pioneers during a 47-13 defeat of Pierz.
Friday's Class 2A state swimming prelims could hold even more surprises for Brainerd Warriors head coach Dan Anderson. That's how the coach felt after his 200-yard freestyle relay dropped six seconds from its best time in the regular season to finish second in the Section 8-2A meet and advance to the state tournament. The foursome of Jamie Wallace, Jacquilyn Rude, Katie Streiff and Madelynn Gibbons swam a 1:39.38.