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 10 months
Glen Hasselberg's coaching philosophy with Andrew Israelson hasn't changed much in the six years he's coached him. "Open the van door and let him play." Israelson has been a mainstay on the Staples-Motley Cardinals' golf team since seventh grade. This season he's won 10 tournaments, tied for the low round in another and tied for second in another.
Millie Klefsaas Year: Junior School: Staples-Motley Sport: Track and field Position: Pole vault, hurdles Highlights: Set Mid-State Conference and school record in pole vault Millie Klefsaas is back in both mind and body. The Staples-Motley junior entered the track and field season building on a great 100-meter hurdles showing at last year's Class 1A state meet, but also suffering a frustrating pole vaulting season. So far this season, Klefsaas is flying high with her vault.
Jared Sewall Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Baseball Position: Second baseman Highlights: Finished 4-4 with double, triple, three RBIs and three runs against Osakis Patience is the key to Jared Sewall's success. The No. 2 hitter for the Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team waits for the perfect pitch to pounce on and drive. It's why he sees so many pitches during his at bats. Hitting second, Sewall's patience also helps his teammates.
Brainerd 16, Moorhead 0 Key: The Warriors erupted for 19 hits Overall: Brd 16-5, Moor 4-16 Next: Brainerd vs. No. 2 Elk River at Rogers in Section 8-4A losers' bracket 4 p.m. Tuesday Girls just want to have fun. And that is exactly what the No. 4-seeded Warriors did Thursday in the losers' bracket game in Section 8-4A at Adamson Field in Brainerd. After being held to just two hits in Tuesday's opening-round loss, Brainerd exploded for 19 hits leading to a 16-0 rout of No. 8 Moorhead.
Warrior Invite Team highlight: Warriors finish second Individual highlight: Brainerd's Joe Foley and Staples-Motley's Andrew Israelson tied for second Next: Brainerd, Staples-Motley, Pequot Lakes in Brainerd Invite at Preserve at Grand View Lodge 8 a.m. Thursday EAST GULL LAKE—Freshman Gavin Metz isn't feeling any pressure. The Brainerd Warriors' second-year varsity player has posted counting scores before, but not as impressive as Wednesday.
St. Michael-Albertville 4, Warriors 0 Key: Riley Carlson held Brainerd to two hits Overall: Brd 16-5, STMA 10-11 Next: No. 8 Moorhead at No. 4 Brainerd in Section 8-4A loser's bracket Thursday Riley Carlson is only a sophomore, but she's a three-year varsity veteran for the St. Michael-Albertville Knights and looked every bit of it Tuesday. Carlson struck out 10 and walked four, but held the hard-hitting No. 4 Brainerd Warriors to just two hits in Tuesday's 4-0 upset in the Section 8-4A opening round at Adamson Field.
Lane Girtz Year: Junior School: Pierz Sport: Baseball Position: Shortstop and pitcher Highlights: In last six games, hitting 13-22 with nine runs, 12 RBIs, a double, two home runs and three stolen bases For the past three seasons, the first name Danny Saehr writes down every game day is Lane Girtz. The Pierz Pioneers' junior has been hitting leadoff and starting at shortstop since he was a freshman. It was an easy decision from the start and the Pierz baseball coach has not made a change since.
Laura Squires Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Laura Squires Position: Second base Highlights: Went 11-for-20 with six runs, one double, 11 RBIs and a stolen base last week Laura Squires is unselfish, hard-working, smart and relentless. On a talent-filled team, she might be the most important piece of the Pequot Lakes softball team, which is ranked No. 4 in Class 2A, earned the No. 1 seed in the North Subsection 6-2A playoffs and advanced to the semifinals after eliminating Wadena-Deer Creek Thursday.
Deacon's Invite Team: Warriors win by 2 over S-M Individual: Andrew Israelson shoots even par 72 Next: Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus, Staples-Motley, Wadena-Deer Creek in Mid-Minn Championship at Cragun's Legacy Courses Noon Monday BREEZY POINT—Andrew Israelson did something Wednesday he's never done in six varsity seasons. Israelson joined Pat Helling and Nick Forsberg on the list of Staples-Motley Cardinals to win the Deacon's Invite at Deacon's Lodge.
Warrior Quadrangular Girls highlight: Sophie Balster won both throwing events Boys highlight: Luke West won the 800 and was on two winning relays Team finishes: Warrior boys win, girls third Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference meet at Alexandria 3 p.m. May 24 Luke West is not a rookie anymore. The Brainerd Warriors' senior enjoyed a state-caliber junior year as a first-time track and field athlete. This year he knows what to expect and his expectations are nothing short of another state trip.