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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St. Croix 35, Pierz 28 Key: Mike Stern rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns Overall: Prz 10-2; SCL 12-0 Next: Class 3A state championship at US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis 1 p.m. Saturday MINNEAPOLIS—Time can not be beat and Mike Stern could not be stopped. The junior running back rushed for 257 yards and three touchdowns on 23 carries and the St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders held on to eliminate the Pierz Pioneers 35-28 In Saturday's Class 3A state semifinal at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Shania Glenz's excitement was tempered just a bit. For the third straight season, the Verndale Pirates' middle hitter was named the Brainerd Dispatch Volleyball Player of the Year. It was the first year, however, that the five-year varsity veteran secured the honor by herself. The last two years she shared it with her older sister, Jordyn Glenz.
State football Who: St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders (11-0) vs. Pierz Pioneers (10-1) What: Class 3A state semifinals When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday Where: US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis While 112 miles separate Pierz High School from St. Croix Lutheran, the two football programs do share a past. In 2005, Pierz eliminated the Crusaders in the Section 4-2A finals 69-20. The next year, St. Croix returned the favor with a 28-13 defeat of the Pioneers in the section final.
PIerz 34, Greenway-NK 0 Key: A blocked punt and two interceptions Overall: Prz 10-1, GNK 7-3 Next: Pierz in Class 3A state semifinals at US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis 4:30 p.m. Saturday Logan Lease said the block wasn't even called. He also said his defender didn't block him either. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior linebacker maneuvered around the line of scrimmage and blocked an attempted punt with 3:50 remaining in the first quarter.
Pierz vs. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin Who: Section 7-3A champion Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin Titans (7-2) vs. Section 5-3A champion Pierz Pioneers (9-1) What: Class 3A state quarterfinals When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Adamson Field, Brainerd High School Leo Pohlkamp rarely needs to find extra incentive to motivate his team.
Pillager vs. Barnesville Who: Section 8-2A champion Barnesville Trojans (10-0) vs. Section 6-2A champion Pillager Huskies (11-0) What: Class 2A state quarterfinals When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Jim Gotta Field, Moorhead High School Barnesville head coach Bryan Strand gave the Pillager Huskies an impressive complement. Prior to Friday's Class 2A state quarterfinal game between the two unbeaten powerhouses 7 p.m. at Moorhead High School, Strand said the Huskies reminded him a lot of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
Class 2A cross country Male highlight: Tyler Moore finishes all-state Female highlight: Meritt Miller finishes all-state Team: Warrior girls place seventh NORTHFIELD—What a good day to be happy. The Brainerd Warriors girls, led by all-state finisher Meritt Miller, placed seventh in Saturday's Class 2A state girls meet at St. Olaf College, which was painted with warm, sunny fall weather.
Pillager 29, Ottertail Central 6 Key: Two interception returns for TDs, Josh Doss 2 TD passes Overall: P 11-0, OTC 8-3 Next: Pillager vs. Section 8-2A winner Hawley/Barnesville in Class 2A state quarterfinal at Moorhead 7 p.m. Friday FARGO, N.D.—The first time the Pillager Huskies advanced to the state tournament in 2000, Josh Doss was not a fan.
Hillcrest 20, Verndale 14 Key: Hillcrest stopped Verndale on three straight pass plays from their own 5 Overall: V 10-1, H 10-1 Next: Hillcrest vs. Section 2 winner MACCRAY or Cleveland in Nine-Man State Quarterfinal at St. Cloud State University 5 p.m. Friday FARGO—A chance. It's all any team can ask for and the top-seeded Verndale Pirates gave themselves a great chance to win the Section 4, Nine-Man championship Friday at the Fargodome.
FARGO—This year's Pequot Lakes Patriots might go down as one of the most resilient teams in program history. Unfortunately resilience doesn't always translate into championships and Thursday was an example as the fourth-seeded Patriots fell to the No. 2-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels 31-20 in the Section 8-3A championship game at the Fargodome for the fourth straight year. "It's frustrating this year because the coaching staff and I feel that we should have won this game," said Pequot Lakes head coach Chip Lohmiller. "Yes, in the first half, they had a couple of good drives. But we missed a lot of open passes. There were a couple of times we had wide receivers 20 yards wide open and we missed the pass.