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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Brooke Miller Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Finished with 58 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and five steals last week Brooke Miller isn't concerned with headlines or praise. The Aitkin Gobblers forward doesn't care about how many shots she's getting or her points-per-game average. She sets modest goals for herself, but monumental ones for her basketball team. Surrounded by talent, Miller knows this has the makings of a special season for Aitkin. "We have so much potential," said Miller.
Brainerd 138.6, Apollo 106.25 Key: Brainerd vaulted out to a big lead early Conf: Brd 2-0 Overall: Brd 3-0 Next: Brainerd hosts Alexandria 6 p.m. Dec. 17 Watching Brainerd's first-year head coach Seth Helland react to one hit vault after another some may have worried he wouldn't last the whole meet Thursday. The Warriors hit on all five of their vaults to build a 19.6-point lead and cruised to a 138.6-106.25 Central Lakes Conference victory over St.
Scott Stanfield is confident the Brainerd Warriors will respond following back-to-back Central Lakes Conference home losses. The latter setback came via a 54-51 defeat by a tenacious Fergus Falls Otters team Tuesday.
Hopefully Michael Russell didn't have his best varsity game in a losing effort. The junior guard for the Brainerd Warriors scorched the nets for 33 points, but his counterpart, Rocori senior Jon Olson, scored 37 points, including seven in overtime, to lead the Spartans to a 74-71 Central Lakes Conference victory Friday at Brainerd High School.
Brainerd's mission statement for the 2015-16 season: Get back. The Brainerd Warriors advanced to the state meet last season at Giants Ridge and left feeling unsatisfied. Despite the graduation of state veterans in Ben Hanson, Noah Baker and Connor Gunsbury, this year's squad has a goal to improve upon what happened last season.
Defense of the Central Lakes Conference title and continued progress will be two early goals of the Brainerd Warriors. Last season the Warrior girls captured the conference crown and finished fifth in the Section 8 meet.
Kylee Heurung is the Brainerd lakes area's premier scorer. The two-year varsity player finished second in the area with 513 points for a 19.7 points-per-game average. But the Brainerd junior will need to do even more this season to help a young Warrior roster get ready for playoffs.
Noah Boser Year: Senior School: Pierz Sport: Football Position: Fullback, linebacker, quarterback Highlights: The All-Mid-State District selection rushed for 587 yards and 15 touchdowns on 129 carries (4.6 yards-per-carry average).
Thanks to a Class 3A state title and a perfect 13-0 season the top-ranked Pierz Pioneers placed six players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Team. Brainerd was next with five roster spots followed by Section 8-3A runner-up Pequot Lakes with three players on the 22-player roster. All-Area Team Jarod Novak, senior Aitkin, RB-LB The All-Northeast Subdistrict Blue and Co-Subdistrict Defensive Player of the year rushed for 1,137 yards and 9 touchdowns on 210 carries (5.4 yards-per-carry average).
With all three front-court starters returning, along with a wealth of additional varsity experience, expectations haven't been this high for the Brainerd Warriors since maybe the 2013 state tournament season. Last season, the Warriors racked up a 10-6 Central Lakes Conference record, but finished 12-15 overall. A better start than last year's 1-3 start will help, but it won't be easy with Grand Rapids, Rogers and Rocori all within the first five games.