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 97, Tech 89 Key: Brainerd finished 2-3-4 in three events Conf: Brd 3-0, Tech 2-1 Overall: Brd 3-0, Tech 2-1 Next: Brainerd at Alexandria 6 p.m. Thursday Tuesday's result rested on the shoulders of Madelynn Gibbons. The junior was the final leg of Brainerd's 400-yard freestyle relay. A first-place finish and the Warriors would rally to defeat the St. Cloud Tech Tigers in a Central Lakes Conference dual meet at Brainerd High School.
PIERZ—This one was worth the billing—for a half. Prior to Friday's Mid-State Subdistrict 1 contest between the Pierz Pioneers and Holdingford Huskers, Great American Rivalry Series named it the best rivalry game of Week Two in the country. For one half it was, but in the second half Class 3A's third-ranked Pioneers pulled away for a 35-14 victory.
BAXTER—When asked what it felt like to be a two-time Run for the Melon champion, Emily Rugloski's face lit up bright. "I kind of liked it," she said with a sneaky giggle. "I'm not going to lie. It feels great." As it should for the Brainerd Warriors senior, who won the race last year in 20:15.63. This year, Rugloski ran a bit slower with a 20:31.9, but she led the entire way.
BAXTER—Before Friday's Run for the Melon, Drew Peterson received a hefty request from a former teammate. Two-time champion Tyler Moore, who is running this season at the University of Mississippi, told Peterson he needed to keep the winning streak going. Peterson tried as he posted a ninth-place 18:30.9 to lead the Little Falls Flyers to third.
Dave Herath described the cross country season as not starting on Day One, but on June 1. The Brainerd Warriors head coach likes the effort his runners put in during the summer. He said it's showing so far in practice, but Herath won't get a complete picture until after the first event, which is Friday at Forestview Middle School in Baxter. What he's looking for is depth, especially at the No. 5 position.
Brainerd Warriors Head coach: Dave Herath, 25th season 2016 girls finish: 2nd in CLC, 2nd in Section 8-2A, 7th in Class 2A state meet 2016 boys finish: 5th in CLC, 9th in Section 8-2A Girls captains: Emily Rugloski, Molly Selisker, Grace Erholtz Boys captains: David Kelm, Andrew Wasniewski, Hunter Turcotte, Garrett Goeden, Ben Renner Assistant coaches: Carl Schirmer, Owen Trout This is not a one and done group. aThis is not a one and done group. Last year, the Brainerd Warriors turned a few heads by finishing second in the Section 8-2A meet to advance to the state meet. In the final meet at St. Olaf College, the Warriors placed seventh out of 16 teams. Despite graduating Meritt Miller and Ali Crochet, five girls return with the goal of returning to Northfield.
Regan McElfresh is confident she's the best kicker in her family. After Tuesday night's performance, the Brainerd Warriors' senior captain may be right as McElfresh put on a kicking display that led to a 4-1 victory over the Sauk Rapids Storm at Adamson Field in Brainerd. McElfresh blasted three goals that would rival her older brother Logan McElfresh, who is a punter on the University of Minnesota football roster. "I definitely kick it farther," the midfielder said. "But he's taught me all I know."
Between them they have 136 career victories. Greg Anderson and Jason Line are multiple-time Pro Stock champions with Line the current defending champion. Both are sitting in the top four of the NHRA season points standings with two events remaining before the Countdown to the Championship. Both are seasoned, crafty, educated veterans of the Pro Stock class and drag racing in general.
Leah Pritchett compared her past season to that of a young, naive scholar named Harry Potter. Both were thrust into new, exciting roles it would appear each was destined for. For Pritchett, that was a spot on the Don Schumacher Racing roster as driver of the Papa John's Dragster.
It's been six years since a Tonglet raised a Wally at Brainerd International Raceway. LE Tonglet, the hottest Pro Stock Motorcycle driver on the NHRA circuit, will get a chance to return to the winner's circle Aug. 18-20 when the Lucas Oil Nationals return to BIR. The odds are on Tonglet's side as he's won five of the eight motorcycle events this season.