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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Cole Hunstad has waited patiently for this. The Pillager Huskies’ center endured 3-21 and 2-24 seasons before tasting success. Hunstad would be the first to admit Pillager’s 17-6 season has more to do with the play around him than himself, but the three-year starter has played a major role in Pillager’s success. One key area has been Hunstad’s passing.
The Sartell Sabres spent most of the night trailing. But at the end of each frame the Sabres always managed to either lead or tie the Brainerd Warriors during Thursday’s Central Lakes Conference game at Brainerd High School. That included the overtime frame, which saw Sartell steal a 72-62 victory over the Warriors on Brainerd’s senior night.
PEQUOT LAKES — With the weight of the world already on his shoulders, Jordan Redmond stepped to the free throw line. With the score knotted at 67 and 58.7 seconds on the clock, Redmond took a deep breath. He took many deep breaths. There was no place he would rather have been Friday night then at that line with a chance to help his Pequot Lakes Patriots claim another Mid-State Conference victory over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers.
Maria Hauer is no stranger to big meets. The four-year varsity Nordic skier for the Little Falls Flyers had competed in three state meets prior to Thursday’s state finale. What had eluded Hauer was success in those big meets. Until this season the younger sister of former Flyer great Beth Hauer made a name for herself by capturing the inaugural Granite Ridge Conference sprints title. She also helped the relay team of Mattia Hendrickson, Chelsea Rutz and Kaitlin Geisenhof to a first-place finish.
Nathan Holm went from not on the list to the top of the list this season The list was Pine River-Backus’ list of 1,000-point scorers for the Tigers boys basketball program. Holm entered the season needing 210 points to crack 1,000 career points. After reaching that milestone, he added 383 points to break Vic Rinke’s 1967 program scoring record of 1,380 career points. The final 33 points came during the Tigers’ 77-29 Northland Conference blowout of the Laporte Wildcats Tuesday.
It’s all in the hills. That’s what Little Falls Flyers head coach Terry Wasland is most nervous about. That, and a field stacked with the state’s best talent. Wasland’s Flyers are one of three teams returning to the state Nordic ski meet Thursday at Giants Ridge Resort in Biwabik. The Flyers finished seventh last year. They placed eighth in 2010, fifth in 2009, third in 2008, sixth in 2007 and seventh in 2006.
Riley Nelsen and Zean Baker have been there before. Not like this, though. The two Brainerd Warriors will return to the state Nordic ski meet Thursday at Giants Ridge Resort in Biwabik. This time they’re bringing friends. For the first time since 2005 the Warrior boys team will compete in the state meet. And, to get there, Brainerd coaches have had to be imaginative with their practice schedule.
By his own admission Brandon Myers doesn’t like to work. Yet, the 2006 Staples-Motley graduate, spent eight hours on the practice range Wednesday in preparation for his first season on the Golfweek National Pro Tour. Myers qualified for the tour by shooting a three-round 5-under-par 211 Jan. 18-20 at Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear, Arizona. That tied him for 15th place.
What little motivation Lindsay Monson needs she gets from her brothers. It’s not the brotherly love one would expect. Monson says her family is very sarcastic and so it goes with three older brothers, who enjoyed success in three sports. If Monson has an off-night for the Pierz Pioneers, her brothers are there to “congratulate” her. She tries not to have too many off nights. So far the three-year varsity center for the girls basketball team hasn’t.
With a name like Dallas, you better put up big numbers. Verndale’s Dallas Ehrmantraut is doing just that. The junior point guard has lived up to the big-name billing, including dropping 17 points in one overtime frame to lead the Pirates to a 76-62 non-conference win over the Underwood Rockets Jan. 30.