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—For two minutes and 41 seconds the Crosby-Ironton Rangers were as close to a state title as any team could be. Noah Gindorff, a 6-foot-6 senior center, hit a jumper from the baseline with 10:44 remaining in the second half of the Class 2A state championship Saturday at Target Center. Gindorff's basket cut the No. 3 seeded Rangers' deficit to 30-29 against the top-ranked, top-seeded Minnehaha Academy Redhawks.
Her name is Joyce Gindorff, but she's convinced people have forgotten because everyone just calls her "grandma." When you're the grandmother of one of the best basketball players in Minnesota, grandma is really all you need. Joyce Gindorff is the mother of Mike Gindorff, who 30 years ago helped the Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a Class 1A state runner-up finish in the boys basketball state tournament. The Gindorffs are back in the Twin Cities this weekend to cheer on C-I's latest state entrant, which happens to be led by 6-foot-6 senior Noah Gindorff.
MINNEAPOLIS—This season marks the 21st time Crosby-Ironton has played in the state tournament. On Friday, the No. 3 seeded Rangers hit blackjack as they upset No. 2 seeded St. Cloud Cathedral 53-42 in the Class 2A semifinals at Target Center. The victory advances the Rangers to the program's sixth state title game. Could that be the lucky number for C-I, which is 0-5 in its five title matches?
A pair of players could reach 1,000 career points on the Target Center floor. Crosby-Ironton's Trey Jacobs needs eight points and St. Cloud Cathedral's Michael Schaefer needs 12 to reach the scoring milestone. Both could do it during the Class 2A state tournament when the No. 2-seeded Crusaders (27-4) face the No. 3-seeded Rangers (29-2) in the second semifinal at 8 p.m. Friday. Annandale will face No. 1-seeded Minnehaha Academy in the first semifinal at 6 p.m. Both games will be televised on KSTC.
MINNEAPOLIS—Trey Jacobs just knows how to get open. The senior for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers found his way open for a team-high 26 points and Noah Gindorff couldn't be denied in the paint to lead the No. 3 seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers to a 64-50 victory over Breckenridge in Wednesday's Class 2A state quarterfinals. For the third-straight game, Jacobs was the early spark plug the Rangers needed. The forward was 6-of-7 from the field and 2-2 from the line for a first-half high of 14 points. He finished shooting 10-of-13 from the field to send C-I to the semifinals of the championship bracket.
A matchup of conflicting styles awaits what should be a large crowd Wednesday night. The No. 3-seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers will take their match-up nightmare lineup and 28-2 record against the 26-2 unseeded Breckenridge Cowboys, who want to play a high-octane, pressure-cooker style when the teams square off in the Class 2A state quarterfinals at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. This is a rematch of sorts—these teams last faced each other in the 2015 Section 8-2A finals. The Cowboys prevailed 49-47 on a last-second shot to advance to their first-ever state tournament. However, Breckenridge head coach, Arly Ohm, who wasn't the head coach three years ago, thinks this year's team is even more beloved by the community.
DULUTH—Jonathan Jacobson said it best: "Are you kidding me?" While the context of that statement was for a different question, it encapsulated the feelings of most everyone wearing maroon and white Saturday night on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. That's because the No. 2-seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers punched their ticket to the Class 2A state tournament with a 52-46 victory over the top-seeded Esko Eskomos in the Section 7-2A championship game. It will be the 21st state trip for the Rangers and the ninth for Rangers head coach Dave Galovich.
Kylee Heurung mustered the words that almost turned into a major upset. Before the Brainerd Warriors' Section 8-4A quarterfinal matchup against the-then 21-4 St. Michael-Albertville Knights, Heurung ended the silence. She stood in front of her teammates and spoke about beliefs. "I just told the girls that I believed that we could win even though they were seeded No. 2 and we were seeded No. 7," Heurung said. "I still believed we could win. And no matter what the outcome that I was proud of them. Then I went on and gave them pointers on what we had to do, and who to stop, and ran through the whole game plan."
With appearances in their respective section finals, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers and Staples-Motley Cardinals both landed two players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Girls Basketball Team. Also securing two positions was the Pequot Lakes Patriots. Members of the all-area team are nominated by their head coaches and selected by the Dispatch Sports Staff. Taylor Ehnstrom, Aitkin Senior, guard
Crosby-Ironton 61, Virginia 45 Key: Three Rangers reached double figures Overall: CI 27-2, V 25-4 Next: Crosby-Ironton vs. Esko/Proctor winner in Section 7-2A championship at University of Minnesota, Duluth 7 p.m. Saturday DULUTH—Every team aspires to be balanced. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers were Thursday. All five C-I starters scored at least seven points leading Subsection No. 1's second-seeded Rangers to a 61-45 victory over the No. 2 Subsection's first-seeded Virginia Blue Devils on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Duluth.