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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MINNEAPOLIS—It's said linemen in the National Football League need to have a nasty streak in them. It's hard to believe Joe Haeg could even curse let alone impose his physical will on an opponent. On Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, that is exactly what the Indianapolis Colts' rookie did or was. Joe Haeg was nasty. For Colts fans, or one of about 70-some Haeg family and friends in attendance, he was nasty in a good way. The Brainerd High School and North Dakota State University graduate started at right guard against the Minnesota Vikings and he and his fellow linemen helped the Colts' offense register 411 yards of offense leading to a 34-6 beatdown of the home team.
Brainerd 67, Rocori 57 Key: A 15-6 run to start second half keyed Warrior win Conf: Brd 1-1, R 0-2 Overall: Brd 2-2, R 3-3 Next: Brainerd hosts Lakeville South 6:30 p.m. Saturday Joey Sauer was 4-of-4 in the second half and scored six of his 12 points out of the break to propel the Brainerd Warriors to a 67-57 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Rocori Spartans Friday at Brainerd High School. Sauer's hot hand helped Brainerd turn a 28-23 halftime edge into a 43-29 lead thanks to a 15-6 run.
Ryan Foehrenbacher Year: Senior School: Pillager Sport: Basketball Position: Post Highlights: Finished with 28 points and 8 rebounds against Aitkin and 16 points against Royalton. Ryan Foehrenbacher's list of responsibilities were already long to begin the season. But when fellow senior and the only other returning starter of the Pillager Huskies basketball team, Ridge Hunstad, went down with an injury, Foehrenbacher's job became more intensive.
Sam Gutzman Year: Senior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Hockey Position: Center Highlights: Scored two goals and assisted on two more against Willmar Before every game, Sam Gutzman reminds herself what's at stake. The Crosby-Ironton senior, who plays on the Northern Lakes Lightning hockey team, quiets her mind. The five-year varsity player then has a quick conversation with herself.
Rogers 61, Warriors 59 Key: Rogers held Brainerd to 30-percent shooting in first half for a 40-33 halftime lead Overall: Brd 5-2, R 2-6 Next: Brainerd hosts Cambridge-Isanti 3 p.m. Saturday The odds were not in the Rogers Royals' favor Thursday. The Royals entered the Section 8-4A matchup with the red-hot Brainerd Warriors with a 1-6 record. Head coach Chuck Thompson resigned Dec. 5 because of health reasons and the game was played at Brainerd High School.
Despite strong numbers, questions remain heading into the Brainerd Warriors' season. The No. 1 question—who wants to be a sprinter? Brainerd will be solid throughout the different strokes and distance freestyles, but when it comes to sprinters, Brainerd head coach John Zemke is on the hunt.
Pequot Lakes 65, Cathedral 45 Key: Corina Ruud and Olivia Lane combined for 29 points Overall: PL 2-0, SCC 3-1 Next: Pequot Lakes at Proctor 7:15 p.m. Saturday PEQUOT LAKES—Just when you think you have one silenced along comes the other. That was the case for the St. Cloud Cathedral Crusaders and will likely be the case for the rest of the opponents on the Pequot Lakes Patriots' schedule.
Despite averaging 16.9 points and 3.5 assists per game last season, Michael Russell played a quieter role on a team that finished 20-8. So far this season, the four-year varsity veteran is taking charge on the court in hopes of improving on that record despite a more daunting schedule. Russell is one of just two returning players from last year's squad that advanced to the Section 8-4A semifinals. Brainerd head coach Scott Stanfield aggressively sought after a more difficult regular-season schedule to prepare his program for postseason play.
Braden Lee's journey in baseball has covered many miles and numerous languages. The former Central Lakes College Raiders player is a right-handed pitcher for the Ostrava Arrows in the Czech Republic and the Silesia Rybnik in Poland. The Granite Falls native pitched at Yellow Medicine East before attending CLC in the fall of 2008.
Ashley Huber connected on just two baskets Friday night. But they accounted for six points as the point guard drained two 3-pointers in the second half of the Brainerd Warriors' 52-49 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Fergus Falls Otters at Brainerd High School. "That's one of the things we've had this year," said Warriors head coach Troy Nelson. "Kylee is getting her points, but we have other kids who have made some big shots and if we continue to do that it's going to open up our whole offense."