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
- 5 years 8 months
Emily Israelson's golf game has been rejuvenated. The Staples-Motley High School graduate and current Augustana Viking won her second collegiate tournament of the season Friday shooting a 2-over 74 to win the Augustana Spring Fling at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
Kobe Ahonen Year: Senior School: Brainerd Position: Center Season stats: Finished with 509 points (18.2 per game), 276 rebounds (9.9), 32 assists (1.1), 27 steals (1.0) and 17 blocked shots. He shot 55.3 percent (194-351) from the field, 32.1 percent (17-53) from 3-point and 63.4 percent (104-164) from the line. Scott Stanfield recalled his first meeting with Kobe Ahonen and his family.
A 20 win season and the Brainerd lakes area's Player of the Year helped the Brainerd Warriors land two players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Brainerd Dispatch sports department. The All-Area team is: Nathan Davies, Aitkin Senior, guard
Roseau 78, Pequot Lakes 65 Key: Kiley Borowicz tallied 33 points and 13 rebounds for Rams Overall: PL 27-4, R 28-3 Next: No. 4 Roseau vs. No. 1 Plainview-Elgin-Millville in Class 2A state semifinals at Williams Arena, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 6 p.m. Friday MINNEAPOLIS—Roseau head coach Kelsey Didrikson said her players would have to play bigger than they are to advance in the the Class 2A state tournament.
Warriors finish fourth State semifinal: Anoka-Hennepin 4, Brainerd 1 Third-place game: Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka 4, Brainerd 2 All-tournament players: Brainerd's Jake Heikkenen, Cody Vleck BLOOMINGTON—A lack of numbers did in the winded Brained Warriors as they lost their bid to repeat last year's third-place finish at state tournament Saturday at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
Olivia Lane Year: Freshman School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Girls basketball Position: Post Highlights: Finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and two steals in win against Crosby-Ironton Pequot Lakes head coach Jon Dale believes Olivia Lane is better than her sister Vanessa Lane was at this point in her career. That's high praise considering the elder Lane, who now runs track for South Dakota State University, was the Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year and helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots to the Class 2A state basketball tournament.
Luke Weniger Year: Sophomore School: Verndale Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Scored 17 points against Pine River-Backus and 16 against Browerville A correlation between Luke Weniger's overall play and the Verndale Pirates winning 15 of their last 18 games could be made. Weniger, a sophomore guard for the 19-10 Pirates, said a team meeting following Verndale's 79-62 loss to Pillager Jan. 5 sparked the team's rejuvenation after a 4-7 start.
DULUTH—Jon Dale wasn't happy with it, but the Pequot Lakes Patriots moved one game closer to their fourth state tournament in the last six years. The No. 2 seeded Patriots eliminated the North Subsection's No. 1 seeded International Falls Broncos 68-51 Thursday on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Pequot's height advantage resulted in 18 second-chance points and its length translated into 24 I-Falls turnovers. The Patriots turned those into 20 points.
DULUTH—With a deliberate pace, the top-seeded Esko Eskomos dissected their way to a fourth-straight Section 7-2A title Friday. Adam Trapp a 7-foot-2 sophomore center finished with 14 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocked shots and Esko held the No. 2 seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers to 21 percent shooting to secure a 42-25 victory at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Noah Gindorff Year: Junior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Post Highlights: Finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds against Aitkin and 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists against Barnum. Noah Gindorff is a pretty good football player, but he wears a helmet and there's only eight regular-season games. He's not too bad on the baseball diamond either, but attendance at spring events usually takes a steep decline.