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.
- Member for
- 5 years 7 months
Kathryn Miska Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Softball Position: Pitcher Highlights: Finished week 4-0 with three shutouts, 52 strikeouts, three walks, 10 hits, two earned runs allowed Despite the increased pressure of state tournament expectations, Kathryn Miska is calling this season her favorite so far. And when that team is 7-0, ranked third in Class 2A and outscoring opponents 72-5, it's bound to be fun.
Joe Haeg High School: Brainerd College: North Dakota State University Position: Offensive Line Projection: Fourth round NFL draft times: Round 1: 7 p.m. Thursday; Rounds 2-3: 6 p.m. Friday; Rounds 4-7: 11 a.m. Saturday NFL draft coverage: All rounds can be viewed on ESPN or NFL Network A nice little weekend with a trip to The Home Depot or Bed Bath & Beyond is likely not in the cards for Joe Haeg.
Chloe Bermel Year: Junior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Track and field Events: Sprints, relays Highlights: Won two events at Brainerd Invite Chloe Bermel's gold medal collection might be able to fund a small Third World country. The Pequot Lakes Patriots junior already owns two Class 1A state gold medals and a bronze. She's looking for more this season. Bermel shattered two personal records at the April 15 Brainerd Invite. She won the 100-meter dash in 12.64 and captured the 400 dash in 58.79.
Jake Dykhoff Year: Sophomore School: Wadena-Deer Creek Sport: Baseball Position: Pitcher, catcher Highlights: Went 3-5 with three runs, three RBIs and three stolen bases against Menahga Jake Dykhoff comes from a big baseball family so the sport has come naturally for the Wadena-Deer Creek sophomore. The Wolverines' catcher and pitcher has been playing like the natural in the early part of this season. In an 8-3 victory over Menahga April 14, Dykhoff was 3-5 with three runs, three RBIs and three stolen bases.
Pequot Invite Individual medalist: Staples-Motley's Andrew Israelson shot even-par 145 Team winner: Brainerd Warriors with a 609 Next: Staples-Motley at Perham Invite 9:30 a.m. Saturday EAST GULL LAKE—It wasn't Andrew Israelson's best round Friday, but it was still better than the majority of prep players. The Staples-Motley senior followed Thursday's 4-under with a 4-over 76 on the Dutch Course at Cragun's Legacy Courses to finish the two-day Pequot Lakes Invite with an even-par 145.
Pequot Invite First-round leader: Andrew Israelson shot 69 First-round team leader: Brainerd Warriors hold 23-stroke lead Next: Aitkin, Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Staples-Motley in Day Two of Pequot Lakes Invite at Cragun's Legacy Courses 10 a.m. Friday. EAST GULL LAKE—Only 10 players finished in the 70s Thursday and five of them were wearing the Blue and White of the Brainerd Warriors.
Ranger Relays What: Free youth track and field event When: 6 p.m., May 2, 6, 9 and 13 Where: Crosby-Ironton High School track Chris McCusker is at it again. The mind behind the C-I Youth Running Program returns this spring and hopefully many more to bring interested families the Ranger Relays. Similar to McCusker's fall cross country brainchild, Ranger Relays will focus on track and field and give elementary aged students some early insight into the sport.
Wanda Gau From: Little Falls What: Running Boston Marathon Goal: Top 10 in her age group Severe shin splints and agonizing pain shooting through her legs weren't enough to keep Wanda Gau away from a remarkable running career. Her experience in the 2005 Grandma's Marathon in Duluth—the first for the 53-year old first-grade teacher in the Little Falls School District—was unforgettable and terrible. She admits if it wasn't for the people she was running with she wouldn't have finished and may have never run another one.
With snowflakes falling from an overcast sky, and temperatures hovering around 37 degrees, the Brainerd Warriors made quick work of the Fergus Falls Otters Tuesday. So quick, in fact, no match went to a third set and the Warriors cruised to a 6-1 season-opening victory over their Central Lakes Conference opponent at Brainerd High School.
Brainerd Warriors Head coach: Bruce Thompson, 20th year Career record: 175-124 (.585) 2015 record: CLC 7-4, overall 13-7 Captains: Brady Mick, Happy Rivard Assistant coaches: Chuck Whalen, Ellen Fussy Bruce Thompson couldn't recall having a year where more players returned to the starting lineup than he has this season.