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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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.
Christian Laettner College: Duke University NBA: No. 3 pick in 1992 NBA draft by Minnesota Timberwolves Years pro: 13 years Current: Hosting Christian Laettner Basketball Academy at Pillager High School June 20-22 Registration: Visit www.theclba.com Christian Laettner's name carries a wide-range of emotions. He's been tagged as one of college basketball's greatest of all time, Kentucky Wildcat killer, first-round draft pick, former Minnesota Timberwolf, gold-medal Olympian and by some a villain.
Three players from the state-qualifying Pequot Lakes Patriots highlight this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Girls Basketball team. The Verndale Pirates, who advanced to the Section 5-1A semifinals landed two players on the team. Players are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch sports staff. All-Area Team Taylor Ehnstrom, Aitkin Junior, guard
Haley Wiebolt Year: Senior Team: Pequot Lakes Patriots Position: Point guard Season stats: Finished with 693 points (22.4 per game), 110 rebounds (3.5), 218 assists (7.0), 95 steals (3.1) and 10 blocked shots. She shot 47.2 percent (253-536) from the field, 37.9 percent (69-182) from 3-point and 79.1 percent (121-153) from the line. Haley Wiebolt led the Brainerd lakes area in scoring and was among the area's leaders in every other statistical category except rebounding and blocked shots.