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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From the small "Village" of Staples to Minnesota State University Moorhead to playing professional basketball overseas Jordan Riewer has been places few have. The all-time leading scorer in Staples-Motley basketball history (1,957 career points) is playing basketball in the Czech Republic.
Brett Reed Year: Sophomore Team: Northern Lakes Lightning Sport: Boys Hockey Position: Center Highlights: Scored five goals against River Lakes Brett Reed almost matched his goal total from all of last season in just one game. The sophomore center for Northern Lakes registered all five Lightning goals in a 5-2 victory over River Lakes Tuesday. His first goal came 20 seconds into the contest. Hats flew at 5:06 of the first period and he tallied his fourth goal at 14:02 of the first.
Now the fun begins. The Brainerd Warriors prepped one last time for the important part of their season by claiming a 96-82 Central Lakes Conference victory over Fergus Falls Thursday at Brainerd High School. It was their final regular-season dual meet heading into the CLC championship, the Section 8-2A meet and hopefully the Class 2A state meet.
Sometimes words don't work hard enough. For instance, when asked what makes Alex Erpelding a dominating wrestler for the Staples-Motley Cardinals, head coach Dave Anglin had a hard time pinpointing one thing. "It's the same old Alex," Anglin said. "Hard working. Driven. He just strives to get better each and every day. As far as an athlete that works hard, you're not going to find anybody that works harder than him. I don't care where you go. It's not just in our room. It's a drive to exceed what expectations he has for himself."
Confidence is what Gabby Rainwater lacked. It wasn't desire or work ethic. She knew what she needed to do. She just lacked confidence. She's got it now and the Pine River-Backus sophomore is using it.
Sartell 70, Brainerd 68 Key: Sartell shot 91 percent from the line and 73 percent from 3-point Conf: Brd 3-5, Sar 6-3 Overall: Brd 5-10, Sar 7-8 Next: Brainerd at Fergus Falls 7:30 p.m. Monday From a percentage standpoint, Brainerd had no chance. The Sartell Sabres shot 73 percent from 3-point, 53 percent from the field and 91 percent from the line. Still the Warriors held the lead until 1:53 remained before falling 70-68 Friday at Brainerd High School.
Maxim Osbourne wanted a sweep so he led the way. The Brainerd Warriors sophomore became the fourth different member of the boys squad to lead the Blue and White this season when he led a group of five Warriors across the line in Thursday's Central Lakes Conference championship at Northland Arboretum. Brainerd's 1-5 finish led it to the team title. The Brainerd girls, led by Grace Erholtz's fourth-place finish, were second.
January has been a productive month for Noah Ross. The junior guard for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines boys basketball team has netted two 30-point games in helping W-DC to a 3-2 mark this month. While reaching 30 points in a high school game isn't the norm, neither Ross or W-DC head coach Kevin Tumberg are that surprised.
Jami Nelson is a point guard trapped in a center's body. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers basketball player grew up hoping to be the next Lindsay Whalen. Instead she grew into a 6-foot-1 post player for the Rangers. She said she still thinks about running the offense. "I think when I was young I always played with the mentality of a point guard," said Nelson. "I always wanted to be Lindsay Whalen. I just grew and they put me at the post. I really like handling the ball, though."
Warriors 70, Apollo 4 Key: Warriors secured five pins and six forfeits Conf: Brd 5-1, SCA 0-4 Overall: Brd 9-6, SCA 1-10 Next: Brainerd at Champlin Park duals Saturday Happy birthday Andy Pickar. The Brainerd Warriors hall of fame wrestler, and former two-time Class 3A individual state champion, still owns part of the school's all-time wins record. That's because the young man he's tied with, Andy Schlosser, suffered an 8-0 defeat in Thursday's 70-4 Central Lakes Conference victory over St. Cloud Apollo at Brainerd High School.