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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Sometimes all you need is a good friend. Chris Pederson relied on his "Good buddy" Allen Jevning for some keen advice. Cole Spieker's coaches wouldn't let him hang his head after a dropped catch. The Brainerd Warriors never lost faith in Jaquon Cogshell after allowing two early catches.
A foot injury may have been just the thing Tyler Moore needed. The Little Falls Flyers cross country runner missed all but a few early races last season because of a stress fracture in his foot. What Moore did during recovery has propelled him to a successful sophomore season. "We corrected a couple of things with his stride," said Flyers head coach Jeff Massmann. "He got new running shoes and went right back at it and had a successful track and field season. He racked up more than 750 miles this summer. He's just a plain hard-worker. We knew he would be up near the front this year."
Her statistics speak to her talent, but now Jordyn Glenz is also speaking for her team. Despite being a junior, Jordyn Glenz is a varsity veteran on a Verndale Pirates volleyball team that has no seniors. In fact, Glenz, who is a five-year varsity player, is one of only two juniors on the young team. That means she's had to up her game. Not her volleyball game, but her leadership game.
Nikki Edin and Lauren Nelson Year: Senior (Edin) and junior (Nelson) School: Staples-Motley Sport: Tennis Position: No. 1 doubles Highlights: Won Mid-State Conference doubles title Lauren Nelson is the true definition of a teammate. Nikki Edin couldn't be happier to call Nelson a fellow Staples-Motley Cardinal. The two joined forces this season to form the No 1 doubles team for the Cardinals' tennis squad. Edin, who advanced to the Class 1A state doubles tournament last season with since graduated Kelsey Zetah, returned to her No. 1 slot, but without a partner.
Sebastian Elsenpeter Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Football Position: Running back, safety Highlights: Rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns and added five solo tackles, three assists and a QB pressure in win over Perham Sebastian Elsenpeter is enjoying a productive homecoming. After spending his junior year in Florida, Elsenpeter returned to Pequot Lakes for his senior year. The running back and strong safety has played a key role in the Patriots being ranked No. 2 in Class 3A and starting the season 3-0. Against then No.
EAST GULL LAKE - RJ Smiley will always have a connection to lakes area golf. It's been years since Smiley owned the Mille Lacs Golf Resort south of Garrison, but the man who has dabbled in most everything golf related looked right at home Tuesday at The Classic at Madden's. Smiley carded a gross 32 in the stableford format to win the master division of the Minnesota Golf Association's Senior Tour Finals. That score was good for third overall between the three divisions, which also included senior and super senior.
Warriors 2, Alexandria 1 Key: Brainerd scored twice on penalty kicks Conf: Brd 6-0-1, Alex 2-3-1 Overall: Brd 7-2-1, Alex 4-5-2 Next: Brainerd at Sartell 7:30 p.m. Thursday Maddie Waters made one and created one. The Brainerd Warriors senior captain scored a goal on a penalty kick and then forced the Alexandria Cardinals' defense into another penalty, which Angela Lacy cleaned up, to hand the Warriors a 2-1 Central Lakes Conference victory Tuesday night at Adamson Field. "I was pretty confident in (Angela) because I know she can make those pretty well," said Waters.
PR-B 21, Pillager 18 Key: Tigers defense stopped Huskies four times in red zone Conf: Pill 0-1, PRB 1-0 Overall: Pill 1-2, PRB 2-1 Next: Pillager hosts Blackduck 7 p.m. Friday; Pine River-Backus at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 7 p.m. Friday. PINE RIVER - In Pine River-Backus, it should be called the orange zone. Four times the PR-B Tigers defense forced the Pillager Huskies offense off the field with no points despite being inside the Tigers' 20 yard line.
Is your golf game good enough to tackle The Classic at Madden's? Do you have a bunch of friends who are as crazy as you? If so, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and sign up for the Brainerd Sports Boosters Classic 6-6-6 Shootout. A fee of $100 per player gets you into the tournament that has both a gross and a net division. Tee times begin at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the premier golf course of Madden's Resort in East Gull Lake. There is a 7 p.m. reception and dinner at the Madden Inn North Star room.
Jake Larson Year: Sophomore School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Football Position: Running back, cornerback Highlights: Rushed for 158 yards, caught two passes for 15 yards, picked off two passes and returned punt for score against Hibbing Jake Larson was supposed to play a complementary role. After the first two weeks of the prep football season, Larson is getting nothing but complements. The sophomore running back rushed for 158 yards on 25 carries. He caught two passes for 15 yards and returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown.