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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Dan Anderson had a hypothesis. The Brainerd Warriors head girls swimming and diving coach tested his hypothesis Thursday during Brainerd’s 109-73 Central Lakes Conference victory over St. Cloud Tech at Brainerd High School. While it likely won’t become law, Anderson was correct. If you put Hannah McKeag, Erica Rehnblom, Katie Streiff and Fallon Ryan together in the 200-yard medley relay you will break the pool record. That’s what that foursome did as they posted a 1:55.34 to better the old record of 1:56.31.
It hopefully won’t resemble the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, but there will be a shoot out this month. This one will be called The Classic Shoot Out 2 p.m. Sept. 22 at The Classic at Madden’s. The two-person tournament, hosted by the Brainerd Sports Boosters Club, will feature six holes of a scramble format, six holes of modified alternate shot and six holes of best ball. The tournament is open to 36 teams. The entry fee is $125 per golfer or $250 per team with all proceeds going toward youth activities. While the format is not new to the area, it is rare.
Chris Foley is putting on yet another golf hat. The owner of Chris Foley Golf Schools at Cragun’s Legacy Courses in East Gull Lake was named the men’s and women’s golf coach at Central Lakes College. Foley, a Master Professional of Instruction with the PGA of America, has dabbled with coaching in the past. He has coached the United States Junior National team for the past two years and will continue with that position. Closer to home, Foley worked with the Brainerd middle school program.
Sowada, Flyers sail to second BAXTER — Sebastian Sowada missed the sandy hills of the Northland Arboretum last year. The Little Falls Flyers’ senior didn’t miss them Friday as the annual Run for Your Melon was moved to Forestview Middle School in Baxter this season. Sowada, who missed last year’s race with injury, covered the new venue in a third-place time of 17:09.1 to lead the Flyers to second place behind Alexandria.
Boys Cross Country They may still be young, but they aren’t naive. With five runners returning from last year’s Section 8-2A squad, the Brainerd Warriors run deep with experience. However, that experience is still growing as none of those five will be seniors when the season starts with the Run for Your Melon 10 a.m. Friday at Forestview Middle School. Brainerd will be captained by juniors Connor Gunsbury and Parker Fredrickson.
Girls Cross Country Brainerd primed for longer season It’s been a few years since the Brainerd Warriors competed in the state meet and don’t think they don’t know it. While the competition will be tough, so should the Warriors. Led by state meet participant Sarah Yeh, Brainerd returns five girls from last year’s fifth-place Section 8-2A team. It was the second straight season Brainerd finished fifth and according to head coach Dave Herath that’s not good enough for the girls.
Thirty-five was the number Jared Diem was happiest with Tuesday. It wasn’t the 3-0 final score the Brainerd Warriors won by over the Pequot Lakes Patriots in the season opener for both squads. Diem, the head coach of the Warriors, was most pleased with his team’s passing, specifically on serve receive. The 35 represented serve receives that made it to the setter, which Brainerd used to beat Pequot 25-21, 25-17, 25-23 at Brainerd High School.
IDEAL CORNERS — A couple decades ago a T-shirt was printed begging the question: “Where the (heck) is Ideal Corners?” Jeff Feltmann has been reaping the rewards of this marketing genius ever since. Feltmann owns the Old Milwaukee Club in Ideal Corners. The restaurant and bar is nestled between Crosslake and Pequot Lakes in Ideal Township and as the establishment’s logo professes, it’s a place where old and new friends meet.
Lights. Camera. Start cooking. It’s time to become a Brainerd lakes area foodie star. Prairie Bay Grill’s Side Dish Local-Motive Kitchen, in conjunction with its Project Dish assignment, continues to look for the lakes area’s top recipes and the stories behind the dishes. Interested participants have a variety of ways to tell their stories. The easiest way is to find the Side Dish truck, have lunch and tell the staff your story. Bring your recipe and the truck crew will make a video of you telling your story.
Greg Anderson and Jason Line are in serious need of home cooking. Thankfully that’s what’s on the menu at the 32nd annual Lucas Oil NHRA Nationals Aug. 16-18 at Brainerd International Raceway, which is a yearly homecoming for Anderson and Line, teammates on the Summit Racing Equipment Pro Stock team.