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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- 5 years 7 months
Minnesota West is the hottest team entering the Minnesota College Athletic Conference playoffs. That’s the opinion of Central Lakes College head coach Greg Medeck, whose No. 2-seeded Raiders will face the No. 3 Bluejays in the opening round 1 p.m. Saturday in Brainerd. The Bluejays handed Rochester its only loss of the regular season, 32-24, Oct. 19 and hammered Minnesota State 27-7 Oct. 12 to secure the No. 3 seed in the playoffs.
PEQUOT LAKES — The snap, the hold and the kick. On a cold, muddy, snowy, slippery Tuesday night in Pequot Lakes, any of those three phases of an extra point could have gone wrong. Even before the snap of the game-winning kick, the No. 4-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots were flagged with 12 men on the field, making the game-clinching boot even less of a lock.
Chris McCusker, I want to thank you. McCusker, with help from friends and family, enticed about 70 elementary-age boys and girls to run. Just run. It was part of the Crosby-Ironton youth cross country running series where on five beautiful Mondays this fall, area children could run against/with fellow classmates and friends. The event was well organized, but not over organized as many youth sports/activities have become.
Will Goodwin doesn’t win every race he runs. But the team he runs for does — almost. After opening the season Aug. 30 with a third-place finish at Brainerd’s Run for Your Melon meet, Goodwin and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers boys cross country team have won six straight meets, including the Mid-State Conference Oct. 10 and Tuesday’s Proctor Invite. In all but the Pierz Stampede Sept. 16, Goodwin has been the top Ranger.
Katie Yorek and her fellow seniors left their mark in the Little Falls history books. Yorek a senior midfielder for the Flyers’ girls soccer team, led Little Falls to its first Section 8-1A home game and first section victory this season. The Flyers finished the year a program-best 11-4-2. They beat St. Cloud Cathedral for the first time in the program’s 13-year history. Little Falls tallied 50 goals this year, which was 30 more than the previous high, and the majority went through Yorek’s foot.
AITKIN — The Aitkin Gobblers’ sideline was quiet and getting quieter. Then Jerod Novak created chaos and Nathan Ehnstrom turned that silenced sideline into a frenzy with a fumble recovery that helped seal the Gobblers’ 35-18 Great Polar Alliance win over the Crosby-Ironton Rangers Wednesday. The Rangers held all the momentum after clawing back to 21-18 in the third quarter. On third down and six of C-I’s second drive of the second half, Novak forced C-I quarterback Noah Gindorff to fumble and Ehnstrom landed on it at the Ranger 45.
BAXTER — Sarah Yeh was one off last year. That wasn’t the case Tuesday as the senior ran an eighth-place time of 15:24.3 to earn All-Central Lakes Conference honors and lead the Brainerd Warriors to fourth at Forestview Middle School. Last season, Yeh was just getting back into competitive form after a string of illnesses kept her out of the lineup. She finished 16th, one place away from all-conference distinction. This year, Yeh has been strong all season and she continued that Tuesday.
BAXTER — One minute. Peder Smith ran a 13th-place time of 17:25.9 Tuesday in miserable, wet, windy and cold conditions to lead the Brainerd Warriors to fifth place in the Central Lakes Conference meet. Smith’s place earned him all-conference honors. During the Warriors’ season-opening Run for Your Melon race Aug. 30, on the same course at Forestview Middle School, Smith ran an 18:23.0 to place 16th.
Nathan Athman won’t forget his senior homecoming. The burly fullback and defensive tackle for the Pierz Pioneers enjoyed career highs in rushing attempts, rushing yards and touchdowns to help Pierz down the Rockford Rockets 43-26 Oct. 4. The two-year starting fullback carried the ball 28 times for 222 yards to help Pierz improve to 4-2.
Margaret Stokman wants to dictate her own pace. Lately it’s been a pretty fast one. The Crosby-Ironton cross country runner came into her fourth varsity season with the goal of running her race and not leaving anything behind. Stokman had no regrets Oct. 3 when she won the Ranger Invite at Ruttger’s Bay Lake Lodge in Deerwood. She topped Brainerd’s Ali Crochet by .01 “(Assistant coach Roger) Twigg just told me to watch Ali Crochet and just stay with her for as much of the race as I could,” said Stokman “But I felt good so I stayed up there and won.”