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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Jerod Novak Year: Junior School: Aitkin Sport: Football Position: Running back, linebacker Highlights: Rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns against Rush City Jerod Novak was tired, beat up and sore. Chances are the Rush City Tigers who attempted to tackle the junior running back for the Aitkin Gobblers were worse off. They certainly were after the conclusion of the Sept.
Gina Garai Year: Junior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Cross country Highlights: Won back-to-back races Gina Garai is a quick learner. The foreign exchange student from Hungary struggled to understand her coach and the concept of cross country running. Now she's one of the area's top runners. Garai captured her first individual title at the Pillager Invite Sept. 18 at Madden's Pine Beach West Course.
Warroad 21, Staples-Motley 14 Key: Warroad raced out to a 14-0 halftime lead Conf: SM 0-4, W 1-3 Overall: SM 0-5, W 1-4 Next: Staples-Motley vs. Hawley at Concordia College Moorhead 4 p.m. Friday STAPLES - Jacob Swendsrud to Brady Becker. It worked early in the third quarter to put the Staples-Motley Cardinals on the board for the first time in Friday's Heart O'Lakes Classic Conference contest. The combination worked four more times in the second half for 103 yards. It worked on fourth and 12 on the Warroad 40 with time slipping away in the fourth quarter.
Warriors 42, Tech 21 Key: Brainerd scored on all three phases Conf: Brd 4-1, Tech 1-4 Overall: Brd 4-1, Tech 1-4 Next: Brainerd at Bemidji 7 p.m. Friday Sometimes all you need is a good friend. Chris Pederson relied on his "buddy" Allen Jevning for some keen advice. Cole Spieker's coaches wouldn't let him hang his head after a dropped ball. The Brainerd Warriors never lost faith in Jaquon Cogshell after allowing two early catches. All three returned the favor by making big plays in the Warriors 42-21 homecoming victory over the St.
Sometimes all you need is a good friend. Chris Pederson relied on his "Good buddy" Allen Jevning for some keen advice. Cole Spieker's coaches wouldn't let him hang his head after a dropped catch. The Brainerd Warriors never lost faith in Jaquon Cogshell after allowing two early catches.
A foot injury may have been just the thing Tyler Moore needed. The Little Falls Flyers cross country runner missed all but a few early races last season because of a stress fracture in his foot. What Moore did during recovery has propelled him to a successful sophomore season. "We corrected a couple of things with his stride," said Flyers head coach Jeff Massmann. "He got new running shoes and went right back at it and had a successful track and field season. He racked up more than 750 miles this summer. He's just a plain hard-worker. We knew he would be up near the front this year."
Her statistics speak to her talent, but now Jordyn Glenz is also speaking for her team. Despite being a junior, Jordyn Glenz is a varsity veteran on a Verndale Pirates volleyball team that has no seniors. In fact, Glenz, who is a five-year varsity player, is one of only two juniors on the young team. That means she's had to up her game. Not her volleyball game, but her leadership game.
Nikki Edin and Lauren Nelson Year: Senior (Edin) and junior (Nelson) School: Staples-Motley Sport: Tennis Position: No. 1 doubles Highlights: Won Mid-State Conference doubles title Lauren Nelson is the true definition of a teammate. Nikki Edin couldn't be happier to call Nelson a fellow Staples-Motley Cardinal. The two joined forces this season to form the No 1 doubles team for the Cardinals' tennis squad. Edin, who advanced to the Class 1A state doubles tournament last season with since graduated Kelsey Zetah, returned to her No. 1 slot, but without a partner.
Sebastian Elsenpeter Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Football Position: Running back, safety Highlights: Rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns and added five solo tackles, three assists and a QB pressure in win over Perham Sebastian Elsenpeter is enjoying a productive homecoming. After spending his junior year in Florida, Elsenpeter returned to Pequot Lakes for his senior year. The running back and strong safety has played a key role in the Patriots being ranked No. 2 in Class 3A and starting the season 3-0. Against then No.
EAST GULL LAKE - RJ Smiley will always have a connection to lakes area golf. It's been years since Smiley owned the Mille Lacs Golf Resort south of Garrison, but the man who has dabbled in most everything golf related looked right at home Tuesday at The Classic at Madden's. Smiley carded a gross 32 in the stableford format to win the master division of the Minnesota Golf Association's Senior Tour Finals. That score was good for third overall between the three divisions, which also included senior and super senior.