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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With a seven-game winning streak, the Pillager Huskies entered postseason play as one of the area's hottest teams. It helps to have one of the hottest hitting shortstops on the roster. Hailea Books finished last week 11-for-14 with two doubles and four RBIs in three wins for the Huskies, who moved their winning streak to eight games with Tuesday's 15-3 South Subsection 5-1A playoff victory over McGregor.
In Matt we trust. That's the level of respect Matt Kummet has earned over his four varsity seasons as the Pierz Pioneers' starting catcher. And why not? When it comes to varsity experience, few can match Kummet's resume. He was a three-year starter for the Pioneers' football team that advanced to state all three years, winning a state championship in 2015. He was a four-year varsity wrestler and went to state all four years, including this year's runner-up team finish. He's a four-year varsity starter for the baseball team with one state trip under his belt and a possible second next month. If Class 2A's third-ranked Pioneers do advance to state, it would be 10 state tournament appearances for Kummet.
Common word association would have Memorial Day weekend teamed with outdoor grilling and family barbecues. A different alternative and in my opinion a better choice would be to have someone else do the cooking and cleaning for you. Here are 10 ideas that offer a unique dish for this new family tradition with great atmosphere or a view that I've encountered in my dining travels across the area. This isn't an all-inclusive list. The Brainerd lakes area is packed with great little restaurants, fine dining establishments and greasy spoons. Spicy Elvis
As of Wednesday, "TBD" in large, bold letters remained behind football on Staples-Motley's page on the Minnesota State High School League website. It can return to its original posting of Travis VanOverbeke since the Cardinals' former head football coach is returning following a 4-2 vote to hire him for his former position at Monday's school board meeting. VanOverbeke's contract was not renewed following a 3-3 school board vote April 17. All ties become a no vote.
Warrior Invite Individual highlight: Jack Evans shot 2-under 70 Team highlight: Brainerd placed fourth Next: Pequot Lakes in Brainerd Invite at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge 1:15 p.m. Thursday; Staples-Motley hosts Cardinal Invite at Cragun's Legacy Courses 2 p.m. Wednesday EAST GULL LAKE—Gusting winds, fast greens and fortress like pin placements stood in the way of low scores Wednesday.
Chloe Bermel doesn't run the hurdles, but this year it's seemed like it. The Pequot Lakes senior hasn't enjoyed the level of success this spring on the track that she's used to. A combination of issues could explain that. However, don't worry about her. She's right where she wants to be.
EAST GULL LAKE—Coming off of a banner 2016 season, Madden's Resort is hoping for an even bigger field for its 11th annual Parent-Child Tournament. Coinciding with Memorial Day Weekend, the Parent-Child event kicks off with a 9 a.m. shotgun start May 27. The two-person better ball format has three divisions. There is the mother-child division, the father-child senior division, which is for children 18 years and older. There is also a father-junior child for players 17-years and younger. "The biggest selling point is family," said Glenn Hagberg, head PGA professional at Madden's. "Whether you're competitive or not competitive at all, it's spending five quality hours with your parent or child.
Jeb Sanford is a glutton for punishment. During the football season he's usually the one inflicting the pain, but on the baseball diamond, the Aitkin Gobblers senior takes a licking and keeps on ticking. During a two-week stretch the No. 4 hitter was hit by six pitches. He is Minnesota's all-time leader in getting beaned. He's been hit by a pitch 34 times with four regular season games left and the playoffs. The previous record was 29 times.
BREEZY POINT—Brady Raph almost did something Wednesday no Pine River-Backus Tiger has ever done. The freshman shot a 2-over 74 at Deacon's Lodge to finish second at the Deacon's Invite. He was two strokes from becoming the first PR-B player to win the invite. "I was hitting the ball well," said Raph. "I did a good job of keeping the ball low because the conditions weren't great out there." Raph fired an opening even-par 36 on the back nine—his first nine. He sprinkled in birdies on the par 4 13th and par 5 18th.
EAST GULL LAKE—Alex Stone wasn't too pleased with her round Wednesday, but she still won. Julia Wallace had all but given up on her round at The Classic at Madden's Resort, but still placed in the top 10. The combination of a tough course and tough conditions dominated the field at the Brainerd Warriors Invite. Anyone breaking 100 had to feel good about themselves.