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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- 3 years 8 months
Haley Harmon didn’t need anyone to set her up Thursday. After coming on in relief to beat the Brainerd Warriors Wednesday, the Becker Bulldogs pitcher started and finished off Brainerd 5-1 in the Section 8-3A final at Adamson Field to send Becker to the Class 3A state tournament. Harmon struck out four and allowed one run on four hits and two walks. Brainerd’s run didn’t come until the seventh. Hannah Munsch walked and later scored on Kristina Anderson’s double. That was the only extra-base hit for Brainerd in both of its games Thursday.
The Bullet is back. At 43 years old, Anthony “The Bullet” Bonsante will return to the boxing ring for at least one more match Saturday when he battles Sam “The Punching Policeman” Hill of St. Louis at Vadnais Heights Sports Center. Bonsante, a Crosby-Ironton High School graduate and member of the district’s school board, didn’t mince words when asked why he’s stepping in the ring again. “My answer to that is why not?
Katie White just wins. She helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots basketball team to three state tournaments. She led the Patriots to their first ever state softball appearance last season. She has Pequot primed to return to state this year. The senior has won games from the mound and the batter’s box.
Adam Hallberg is making every pitch count. The junior right hander is picking and hitting his spots for the Little Falls Flyers baseball team. He’s become so efficient he landed himself in the Minnesota state record books by pitching 37.1 straight innings without allowing an earned run. Hallberg’s streak ended May 21 during a 4-1 victory over Mora. He still collected 10 strikeouts to go with four hits and one walk. The most impressive stat, according to Flyers head coach Chad Kaddatz, was his number of pitches.
BAXTER — It was a question of who could maintain focus the longest. The answer was the Bemidji duo of Matt Hokanson-Noah Holter. The defending North Subsection 8-2A champions and Thursday’s top-seeded doubles team withstood a first-set loss and defeated Brainerd’s duo of DJ Kraemer-Tanner Lundberg for the title and the North’s top seed in next Wednesday’s Section 8-2A tournament in St. Cloud. Hokanson-Holter, who were rewarded with a first-round bye, won 5-7, 7-6 (7-5), 6-1.
NISSWA — Andrew Israelson and Thomas Stoxen play golf in contrasting fashions. Israelson is a swashbuckling sophomore from Staples-Motley. Stoxen, a Brainerd senior, plays with machine-like precision. On Wednesday at Grand View Lodge’s The Pines, both styles worked as the two finished in the top 10 of the Brainerd Invite.
BAXTER — Troy Bialka was dejected Tuesday. The senior captain teamed with junior Jordan Kleist to man the No. 1 doubles team for the Brainerd Warriors during the North Subsection 8-2A team tournament at Forestview Middle School. The duo crushed their first opponents from Detroit Lakes 6-2, 6-1 to help No. 3-seeded Brainerd advance to the quarterfinals against No. 2-seeded Alexandria, which eliminated St. Cloud Apollo 7-0.
Preston Riewer has turned rivals into teammates, patience into success and control into a winning record. The leadoff hitter, pitcher, shortstop and sometimes catcher has the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders baseball team in the hunt for a conference title as well as for postseason success. Both were goals of Riewers entering his fourth season of varsity baseball. During a 17-4 blowout of McGregor/Cromwell May 2 at Mills Field in Brainerd, Riewer displayed his patience as a leadoff hitter by walking three times and scoring two runs. He also added a stolen base.
The more pressure the more Emily Israelson enjoys it. Despite already signing a National Letter of Intent to play golf next season at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., Israelson is playing this season as if her future is on the line. She’s already racked up three medalist honors and is ranked ninth in the state. “I still want to win,” said the Staples-Motley senior. “It’s my last year and my last time playing in all of these tournaments. I’m still waiting to end well. The pressure is kind of off, but I’m not thinking of it like that.”
BAXTER — For one event, Beth Etterman is the prototypical athlete. For her other she has no bodily business being successful. On Thursday, Etterman was the best in both. The Brainerd senior won the pole vault and captured the 100-meter hurdles to catapult Brainerd to first in the Central Lakes Conference quadrangular at Forestview Middle School. The Brainerd boys, which rested its top athletes for Friday’s Class 3A state True Team meet, finished fourth.