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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Class 3A What: Class 3A state tournament Who: Brainerd's Gavin Metz When: Tuesday-Wednesday, June 13-14 Where: Bunker Hills, Coon Rapids Gavin Metz admitted he's going to be more nervous this year. As an upstart freshman playing in his first state tournament last year, Metz had no idea how big the Class 3A state tournament is. He knows now, but heading into his second state tournament Metz has a goal and a plan.
Title defenses will be in effect. Three individual state titles, two state records and a state championship relay will all be defended by area athletes when the Class 1A meet kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Friday and concludes starting 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Staples-Motley's Millie Klefsaas will have two titles to defend, including her state-record pole vault.
With one year of experience under his belt, Tanner Lundberg is ready for the next step. The problem for the Brainerd Warriors' junior is which step to take. He'll make his decision prior to 8 a.m. Thursday. That's when Lundberg begins his second Class 2A state singles tournament at Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.
Section 8-3A Individual highlight: Brainerd's Julia Wallace shaved off seven strokes to finish 10th Team highlight: Warriors place fifth PEQUOT LAKES—Julia Wallace went to bed with a clear conscience. Her goal of advancing to the Class 3A state tournament didn't materialize Thursday despite shooting a final-round 84 at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge during the Section 8-3A tournament. It was one stroke too many and kept her out of a playoff for the fifth and final individual spot to advance to the final tournament of the school year.
PEQUOT LAKES—Gavin Metz is headed back to state. And while he's glad to return to the state's final tournament, he's not happy. For the second straight year, Metz will have to play Bunker Hills alone as the Brainerd Warriors were unable to mount a charge against first-round leader Alexandria and finished third in the Section 8-3A tournament.
Section 8-3A Individual highlight: Maren Pelowski shot 90 for the Warriors Team highlight: Brainerd sits fifth Next: Brainerd in Section 8-3A final round at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge, Pequot Lakes 9 a.m. Thursday PEQUOT LAKES—If grouping was a thing, then the Brainerd Warriors would be all-stars. All six Brainerd scores were within nine strokes of each other during Wednesday's opening round of the Section 8-3A tournament at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge.
Section 8-3A Individual highlight: Jack Evans shot a 4-over, fourth-place 76 Team highlight: Warriors land in second 12 shots off lead Next: Brainerd in Section 8-3A final round at The Preserve at Grand View Lodge, Pequot Lakes, 9 a.m. Thursday, June 1 PEQUOT LAKES—Jack Evans broke the big picture down into smaller pieces Wednesday. Following the opening round of the Section 8-3A tournament, the Brainerd Warriors found themselves in second place, but 12 shots off the lead, which is held by Alexandria.
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