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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Jonny Kasper's high school accolades got bigger last week. The Pierz Pioneers' senior is already a member of the Class 3A state Prep Bowl championship team. He'd already played in three state football tournaments and went to the Class 1A state track and field meet last year as a member of a 4x200-meter relay. On April 29, Kasper put his name in the Pierz record books by clearing the high jump bar at 6-foot-5.5 inches to win the event at the Pierz Invite. Kasper won two other individual events that day and was on the winning 4x400 relay.
Warriors place third Individual highlight: Julia Wallace ties for medalist honors Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference meet at Pebble Lake Golf Course in Fergus Falls 4 p.m. Thursday. EAST GULL LAKE—Julia Wallace entered Tuesday's fourth Central Lakes Conference meet in ninth place in the individual standings. After her three-birdie round on the Pine Beach East Course at Madden's Resort, she'll likely be in better position to fight for an all-conference position.
Drew Nordean Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Baseball Position: Catcher Highlights: Finished 3-4 with a triple and four RBIs against Pine City Drew Nordean's season goals may surprise some, but as captain of the Aitkin Gobblers baseball team, they seem to be working. Nordean, a senior catcher and pitcher for the 5-1 Gobblers, is making sure he and his teammates have fun and grow as teammates. They know a possible state berth is in the cards, but it's not a goal.
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.