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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In a whirlwind countdown, Chris Foley gave 70 golf lessons in 10 days. He moved his family across six states from South Carolina to East Gull Lake. He drove back to South Carolina to host a three-day member/guest tournament, the largest golfing event held at The Members Club at Woodcreek & Wilde Wood, where Foley spent the last year and a half as director of golf. He then drove the nearly 1,300 miles and 21 hours toward his next career path. The PGA Master professional is now the director of instruction at Cragun’s Legacy Courses in East Gull Lake.
Lenka Zelinska was stressed. It wasn’t from the larger-than-normal crowd watching her No. 1 singles match Friday at Brainerd High School. It was from her opponent — Riley Bates. In the first match between the two, Bates rebounded from a first-set loss to beat Zelinska 2-6, 6-3, 7-5 on April 27. This time it was Zelinska’s turn to start slow and then heat up. The female foreign exchange student topped Bates 0-6, 6-4, 6-3 in Brainerd’s 4-3 loss to St. Cloud Tech.
E van Ferdelman believes the odds are in his favor. For the most part this season, he’s been right. The Aitkin Gobblers’ senior is making a habit of getting people out. During the Gobblers’ 3-0 victory over Hinckley-Finlayson May 6, Ferdelman struck out 18 and no-hit the Jaguars for his second no-hitter this season.
Michaela Lehmkuhl doesn’t try. But she’s certainly succeeding. The Wadena-Deer Creek sophomore said she doesn’t try to hit home runs. But she has hit eight already this season, including three last week. Her eighth home run, which came in a 23-8 drubbing of Crosby-Ironton May 8, broke a W-DC school record that was set by Hally Damm in 1993.
BREEZY POINT — Nick Forsberg is going to miss Deacon’s Lodge next year. The Staples-Motley senior made it three individual titles in four years at the Arnold Palmer designed course as he shot 71 Wednesday to pace the 10-team field at the Deacon’s Invite.
N ISSWA — Mike Manders knows the address to Grand View Lodge. And he’s embraced it. The executive chef of the Nisswa resort immersed himself into the Brainerd lakes area’s hunter-gatherer persona. He selected the essential ingredients and traditions. What he did next, however, would make even the most stern grandmother blush. He gave potpie an identity crisis. He dressed up smoked pheasant in a pastel flannel. He had the audacity to even think about changing meatloaf. And the talent to pull off the transformation.
In a section filled with Staples-Motley and St. Cloud Cathedral, Dustin Herold’s name doesn’t get mentioned in front-runner conversation. But the Pierz junior’s name was called out a lot last week. The Pioneers varsity veteran played and won three golf events last week to build his confidence heading into the Section 6-2A tournaments. He’s qualified for the section second round twice before, but thoughts of a state tournament are on Herold’s mind.
Psst. Don’t tell anyone, but Katie White is a perfectionist. The Pequot Lakes Patriot is working at it at least and she’s pretty close. The week of April 23-28 was a prime example of how close she is. In eight games, the sophomore went 18-of-22 with 17 runs, 12 RBIs, six doubles, two triples and two home runs. She also pitched the victory in six of those eight games, all of which were Patriots victories.
Nikki Anderson hit more St. Cloud Apollo Eagles than hit her. She was OK with that and so were the Brainerd Warriors who swept their Central Lakes Conference opponent Tuesday at Adamson Field in Brainerd 11-1 and 4-0. The wins pushed Brainerd’s conference unbeaten streak to 23 games. It’s a streak that began May 14, 2010. Brainerd is 8-0 this season in the CLC.
Glen Hasselberg is at the ripe age where he doesn’t worry about much. One thing he hasn’t worried about for the past six seasons is the mental focus of Nick Forsberg. The Staples-Motley senior is as consistent as the sun when it comes to picking apart golf courses and scoring low. In four rounds this season, Forsberg has carded scores of 73, 74, 73 and 70.