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.
- Member for
- 6 years 2 months
Ellie Michaletz Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Volleyball Position: Outside hitter Highlights: Finished with 50 kills, 40 digs and 2 ace serves at Mora tournament Ellie Michaletz is staring down surgery, but she's hoping to put it off as long as possible. The only way to do that is to keep winning. The outside hitter for the Aitkin Gobblers volleyball team will have knee surgery following the season, but before that happens she's hoping for a happy ending to her senior campaign.
Mack Jones Year: Junior School: Verndale Sport: Football Position: Quarterback Highlights: Threw for 168 yards and three touchdowns against Rothsay Mack Jones may have the most rested arm of any quarterback in the state. The quarterback for the Verndale Pirates has only attempted 79 passes all season. When you outscore opponents by an average of 36.2 to 6.8, the offensive play calling gets to be run heavy.
One missed serve. It's hard to beat a team that makes few errors and Class 2A's third-ranked Rocori Spartans missed just one serve en route to a 3-0 Central Lakes Conference victory over the host Brainerd Warriors Thursday. Rocori improved to 9-0 in the conference with a 27-2 game record and secured its fifth straight win. Rocori's two losses this season have come against Class 2A's top-ranked Kenyon-Wanamingo and second-ranked Maple Lake.
"Animal House" on wheels. For many that's an apt description of a guys weekend or road trip. In some respects, the Up North trip has similarities to the 1978 comedy classic. Adjectives become more proficient and colorful. Liquid diets replace normal eating habits and the departure of one's hard-earned income slips away faster than John Belushi could make audiences laugh.
Sam Beam Year: Junior School: Little Falls Sport: Boys soccer Position: Forward Highlights: Scored five goals and assisted on another last week Sam Beam is a blur. A blur of speed on the soccer pitch that is. The junior forward for the Little Falls Flyers boys soccer team uses his speed to score goals and in doing so led the Flyers on a five-game unbeaten streak.
Detroit Lakes 34, Pequot Lakes 25 Key: Cameron Erb's 78-yard TD run sealed the victory Sub: PL 1-3, DL 3-1 Overall: PL 2-3, DL 4-1 Next: Pequot Lakes at Park Rapids 6 p.m. Friday PEQUOT LAKES—Max Tangen could find no fault with how his team persevered. The senior quarterback fought off tears of physical pain and tears from disappointment as his Pequot Lakes Patriots fell 34-25 to the Detroit Lakes Lakers Friday in a Midwest Red Subdistrict game.
Casey Volkmann Year: Junior School: Wadena-Deer Creek Sport: Volleyball Position: Outside hitter Highlights: Finished with 20 kills and 14 digs against Detroit Lakes. She added 19 kills and 11 digs against New York Mills. Casey Volkmann grew up around success. She watched as her older sister and mother helped Wadena-Deer Creek to the 2010 Class 2A state title. And despite heading back to the state title the year before and the Section 8-2A final the year after that, W-DC hasn't reached the level of success since.
Mark Neva called it a vivid and electric memory. The head PGA professional at Deacon's Lodge was standing in the pro shop of the not-yet open 18-hole championship golf course in Breezy Point. It was an overcast, colder Memorial Day in 1999 and Neva was waiting impatiently to host a kickoff event. Then it started.
This was the game Nicole Wiesner feared the most. Thanks to two quick Moorhead goals to start each half, the Spuds head coach saw those fears dissipate Tuesday. Moorhead scored in the 34th and 30th minute of the first half to build a 2-0 lead and then scored at 37:36 and 36:06 of the second half to rebuild its lead to an insurmountable 5-2.
Pierz 35, EV-W 20 Key: Pierz rattled off 19-play, 9-minute drive in second half Conf: Prz 2-1, EVW 2-1 Overall: Prz 3-1, EVW 3-1 Next: Pierz at Howard Lake-Waverly 7 p.m. Friday PIERZ—Even with splashes of flash, it was grind-it-out football that pushed Pierz to a 35-20 victory Friday.