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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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.
Brainerd Warriors Head coach: Todd Person (fourth year) 2015 finish: Third place in CLC, third in Section 8-3A Returning section team members: Emily Aga, Julia Wallace, Faith Bohnenstingl, Rachel Cleveland Assistant coach: Marcus Aulie One thing Todd Person won't have to worry about is a lack of work ethic. A handful of his Brainerd Warriors have already been fine-tuning their game with Master PGA professional Chris Foley at Cragun's Legacy Courses.
Jack Evans advanced to his first state tournament last season after shooting 74-79—153 to place fourth in the Section 8-3A meet. The meet last year was at Perham Lakeside Golf Club. This year the section tournament moves back to Greystone in Sauk Centre. Still Brainerd head coach Brian Wallace believes Evans has the game to return to state.
A cooking station creating a boursin bacon burger was placed where a shoe display usually sits and it wasn't an April Fools' joke. Leave it to the staff at Madden's Resort to turn a golf pro shop into a dining experience to remember. Where cold weather golf apparel will be displayed for the upcoming season is where tables were set to enjoy the April 1 Cork and Keg season kickoff for the Classic Grill.
When it comes to early golf, few in central Minnesota open sooner than Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake. The now 27-hole course is open and the public can play all 27 holes, including the new nine. A video flyover of the new layout can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pr1ONwSuqk . The video can also be accessed at the Crosswoods Website.