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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Lacy Hiltner has suffered through a one-win season. The junior helped the Pillager Huskies girls basketball team double that number last year. So when a three-game winning streak comes around there is reason to celebrate. “This team is a completely different team,” said Hiltner. “Everyone is playing together. It’s almost unexplainable. It’s awesome to be a part of. We are being successful. In the past, we’ve had our struggles, only winning one or two games the years before. We’re going to be a team to beat. We’re going to fight to the end.”
PEQUOT LAKES — Good teams find ways to win and Pequot Lakes did just that Friday night. Statistically speaking the Patriots and Crosby-Ironton Rangers were near equals, but it was Pequot that pulled out a 67-58 Mid-State Conference win in Pequot’s beautiful new gym. Pequot Lakes shot 25-of-58 from the field. C-I shot 25-for-59. The Patriots were 11-of-21 from the line, while the Rangers were 9-of-17.
Troy Nelson was conflicted Friday night. The Brainerd Warriors’ first-year head coach was upset his team lost a Central Lakes Conference game to the Alexandria Cardinals 67-60 at Brainerd High School. On the other hand, Nelson thought his girls had a chance to beat a good Alexandria team and that made him happy.
My resolution for 2014 is to accept change with open arms. For instance, as you sit in your favorite chair reading this column with a warm cup of coffee or read it online at your desk on your office computer, I will have new management. No, Dispatch Sports Editor Mike Bialka isn’t going anywhere. He’s the only one who usually gets my humor so retaining his services is vital. As of Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014, The Brainerd Dispatch is under new ownership in the form of Forum Communications Co. Let me be the first to write welcome to the Fargo, N.D., based company.
Maria Hauer just missed her goal. The Little Falls senior remained unbeaten, however, as she skied to a first-place 30:02 to lead the Flyers to the team title Friday during the Brainerd Invitational at Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. Hauer won the continuous pursuit format by 3:33 over second-place finisher Berit Ramstad-Skoyes of Detroit Lakes. It was the fifth straight win for the unbeaten Hauer.
The Flyers fit their nickname well Friday. Little Falls flocked together to post a winning score of 374 during the Brainerd Invitational at the Northland Arboretum in Brainerd. “Before the race, we talked about: No. 1, we just had to show up today and be there all the way through the race,” said Flyers senior Matt Massmann. “In Detroit Lakes (last week), we didn’t race that well. We were kind of all over the place.
Go ahead and say, “Nice game Nick.” That about covers it for the Northern Lakes Lightning hockey team. At least when talking about the team’s first line of forwards. Nick Blanchette, Nick Olson and Nick Reed make up the Lightning’s first line or the “Bros Line” — the first letter of each player’s last name. Blanchette, a senior, has 13 points through nine games to lead the team. Reed, a sophomore, has 11 points through 10 games and Olson, a junior, has six points in 10 games.
In this season of giving, Megan Felthous is right at home. The junior guard for the Pine River-Backus Tigers feels better about setting up a teammate for an easy bucket than scoring one herself. The results are the same and in the end the team usually wins. Case in point, Felthous recorded 30 points and nine assists in the Tigers’ 72-57 non-conference win over Sebeka Dec. 12. She added 22 points, nine rebounds and nine more assists in PR-B’s 64-43 Northwoods Conference win over Kelliher/Northome Dec. 13.
With winning comes confidence and few are more confident than Brainerd’s Millie Klefsaas. The freshman picked up her third straight balance beam win to help the Warriors to a 142.275-137.125 Central Lakes Conference victory over Alexandria Thursday at Brainerd High School. Klefsaas, who hasn’t scored below a 9.0 on beam yet this season, posted a 9.35 Thursday.
Balanced scoring and some growing pains. That’s what Brainerd Warriors fans can expect and that’s what they got Monday as the Warriors jumped out to a 20-point halftime lead and then hung on to defeat the Rogers Royals 86-75 at Brainerd High School. Brainerd saw six players reach double figures in scoring, led by Isaiah Smith’s 14 points. However, the team also turned the ball over 20 times.