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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Pierz defensive end Teddy Dehler on Pierz's defense: "We take pride in defense here at Pierz no doubt. Coach (Dan) Saehr does an excellent job coaching us. We just play. We take it up a notch on defense because everybody loves playing it. We take pride. We always say we'll win if the other team doesn't score." They call him Touchdown Teddy. Teddy Dehler usually celebrates a touchdown scored by a Pierz Pioneers running back. The two-year starting center and defensive end for Class 1A's top-ranked Pioneers football team has blasted holes along with his fellow offensive linemen to help Pierz score 49 rushing touchdowns and 10 passing touchdowns.
Verndale junior middle hitter Shania Glenz on the feeling following pounding down a kill: "It's awesome. I like being the one to help our team do better and getting the crowd cheering helps our team because it gets everyone excited. Being the one that does that and gets the point for our team is awesome." It's been a milestone season for Shania Glenz. The middle hitter for the Verndale Pirates volleyball team became the school's all-time kills leader Thursday as she recorded 14 kills in a 3-0 East Subsection 5-1A quarterfinal victory over Bertha-Hewitt.
3A State Quarterfinal Who: Pierz Pioneers (10-0) vs. Albany Huskies (9-1) When: 5 p.m. Oct. 31 Where: St. Cloud State University Last meeting: First time Pierz and Albany have faced each other A first will happen during the Class 3A state quarterfinals 5 p.m. Saturday. For the first time ever, the top-ranked Pierz Pioneers will face No. 3 ranked Albany at St. Cloud State University. The two, storied football programs have never faced each other in a varsity football game before despite only being 44.8 miles apart.
Class 1A state doubles Who: Pequot Lakes seniors Haley Wiebolt-Sydney Holt What: Class 1A state doubles tournament When: 10 a.m. Thursday Where: Reed-Sweat Family Tennis Center, Minneapolis The numbers are staggering. But the hope is to make them even better as Haley Wiebolt and Sydney Holt take the court for the Class 1A state doubles tournament 10 a.m. Thursday at the Reed-Sweat Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. The Pequot Lakes senior duo will open the tournament against junior Ashley Frederickson and freshman Renata Hernandez of St.
ST. CLOUD - Eric Stuckmayer punted just 12 times in the Pierz Pioneers first nine games this season.
Melanie Dorn has come back with a vengeance. The Little Falls senior tore her ACL Oct. 13, 2014. She had surgery Nov. 20 and missed the entire basketball season. Dorn was out for nine months as she took her time getting back on the court. She wanted to make sure she was 100 percent. Dorn is 100 percent this fall and her play proves it.
It was a season of growing and change for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers. Few experienced as much change as junior quarterback Noah Gindorff. The three-year starter saw his role as a facilitator on offense change to playmaker. The 6-foot-6, 225-pounder also moved from safety to outside linebacker to defensive end during the course of the Rangers' 3-6 season.
Section 5-3A final Who: Pierz (9-0) vs. Annandale (7-3) When: 4 p.m. Saturday Where: St. Cloud State University Last meeting: Week One: Pierz won 38-12 Pierz head coach Leo Pohlkamp said Annandale is "really improved." Annandale head coach Matt Walter said the difference in his team from Week One to now, a day before Saturday's Section 5-3A final at St. Cloud State University, is "night and day." But are the third-seeded Cardinals 26-points better? That is the question that will be answered when Annandale faces the defending section champion and No.
FARGO - While the score was much different, the result was the same. For the second straight year, the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels eliminated the Pequot Lakes Patriots in the Section 8-3A finals at the Fargodome. Thursday's game witnessed eight times the amount of scoring, however, as the top-seeded and No. 2 ranked Rebels racked up a 36-13 victory to advance to its second-straight state tournament. Last year's game featured just one touchdown. One similarity between the two section finals was Pequot turnovers. The Patriots suffered three first-half interceptions and DGF capitalized on all three.
Revenge or repeat? Regarding Thursday's Section 8-3A final, one of those words will rule the day as No. 2-seeded Pequot Lakes attempts to seek revenge on top-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, which hopes to repeat as section champs. Last year's slugfest at the Fargodome ended in a 6-0 victory for the top-seeded Rebels. A similar scene is set for 8 p.m. Thursday. Pequot Lakes (8-2) is seeded second, while the Rebels (8-1) are the top seed again.