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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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.
Emily Israelson's golf game has been rejuvenated. The Staples-Motley High School graduate and current Augustana Viking won her second collegiate tournament of the season Friday shooting a 2-over 74 to win the Augustana Spring Fling at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
Kobe Ahonen Year: Senior School: Brainerd Position: Center Season stats: Finished with 509 points (18.2 per game), 276 rebounds (9.9), 32 assists (1.1), 27 steals (1.0) and 17 blocked shots. He shot 55.3 percent (194-351) from the field, 32.1 percent (17-53) from 3-point and 63.4 percent (104-164) from the line. Scott Stanfield recalled his first meeting with Kobe Ahonen and his family.
A 20 win season and the Brainerd lakes area's Player of the Year helped the Brainerd Warriors land two players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Brainerd Dispatch sports department. The All-Area team is: Nathan Davies, Aitkin Senior, guard