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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Preston Riewer has turned rivals into teammates, patience into success and control into a winning record. The leadoff hitter, pitcher, shortstop and sometimes catcher has the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders baseball team in the hunt for a conference title as well as for postseason success. Both were goals of Riewers entering his fourth season of varsity baseball. During a 17-4 blowout of McGregor/Cromwell May 2 at Mills Field in Brainerd, Riewer displayed his patience as a leadoff hitter by walking three times and scoring two runs. He also added a stolen base.
The more pressure the more Emily Israelson enjoys it. Despite already signing a National Letter of Intent to play golf next season at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D., Israelson is playing this season as if her future is on the line. She’s already racked up three medalist honors and is ranked ninth in the state. “I still want to win,” said the Staples-Motley senior. “It’s my last year and my last time playing in all of these tournaments. I’m still waiting to end well. The pressure is kind of off, but I’m not thinking of it like that.”
BAXTER — For one event, Beth Etterman is the prototypical athlete. For her other she has no bodily business being successful. On Thursday, Etterman was the best in both. The Brainerd senior won the pole vault and captured the 100-meter hurdles to catapult Brainerd to first in the Central Lakes Conference quadrangular at Forestview Middle School. The Brainerd boys, which rested its top athletes for Friday’s Class 3A state True Team meet, finished fourth.
BREEZY POINT — On a day when the heavy hitters felt defeated, Ethan Neitzke prevailed. The junior from Pequot Lakes switched to a new putter just in time to tackle the fast greens and tough pin placements of Deacon’s Lodge and win the Deacon’s Invite Wednesday with a score of 76. The next closest player was Brainerd’s Thomas Stoxen with a 78. Dakota Waverek of Staples-Motley and Chase Mouch of Forest Lake each fired 79s to tie for third. Those were the only four scores under 80 in a field that featured nine players ranked in the state’s top 100.
When asked about goals, Trysten Ross said he wasn’t sure. The senior for the Little Falls Flyers didn’t want to put a ceiling on what could happen. What could happen is Ross could set school records in the shot put and discus and carve out a spot for himself in the Class 2A state meet at the end of this season. The all-star offensive lineman, and all-state wrestler, threw the shot put 51-11.5 to win the event May 1 at the Princeton Invite. He added a first-place toss of 135-10 to win the discus.
By the time you finish saying her name, Lindy Lahmann-Sharbonda has already sprinted 100 meters. The Aitkin Gobblers’ track and field athlete is running down and leaping past the competition on her way to a successful senior season. Her success has not only captured the respect of her teammates, but also her male counterparts.
Dakota Waverek was a 15-foot putt away. The putt lipped out and forced a tie with Staples-Motley teammate Andrew Israelson at 3-over-par 75 during the April 26 Cardinal boys golf invite at The Vintage at Staples. It was the second time in the week Waverek and Israelson tied for medalist honors. Both times Israelson topped his elder teammate in a scorecard playoff. That wasn’t the case Thursday. On the same home course during a Mid-Minn Conference round, Waverek fired a 1-under-par 71 to beat Israelson by two strokes.
Jordyn Glenz is a walking example of the benefits of being a three-sport athlete. The Verndale sophomore, who plays softball for the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders, is hitting .565 with a double, triple, two home runs, 14 RBIs, 13 runs and five stolen bases through the team’s first six games — a 4-2 start. Where the three-year varsity veteran is excelling, however, is with runners in scoring position. The No. 4 hitter in the Raiders’ lineup is 6-for-9 with runners primed to score.
Tanner Lundberg’s arsenal of shots is extensive. The Brainerd Warriors’ eighth-grader needed all of them Thursday during a 4-3 Central Lakes Conference loss to the Willmar Cardinals at Brainerd High School. Lundberg topped Willmar sophomore Drew Corneil 6-2, 6-4 for a No. 2 singles victory. It was Lundberg’s second victory over Corneil this season. Lundberg beat him 6-4, 6-1 in Brainerd’s season opener.
EAST GULL LAKE — Mark Twain called it a good walk spoiled. However, Saturday’s golf trip down memory lane at Madden’s Resort in East Gull Lake was anything but. As part of the resort’s 85th grand opening anniversary, the resort hosted a hickory golf club tournament. Each of the six clubs in our bags came with hickory shafts instead of today’s modern alloys. The sets were authentic 100-year-old clubs that twisted and turned like a wet noodle. Even the golf balls were replicas of days past.