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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Jon Asprey and Cole Smith know the best is yet to come. But both were pleased with their results during one of the warmer spring days Tuesday at the Brainerd Invite. Their wins, along with six other first-place finishes, helped the Warriors to first place. Asprey won the discus and finished second in the shot put. His discus distance shattered his meet goal and put a smile on the big man’s face.
Courtney Ryan went for a personal best. Sarah Yeh wanted to try something new. They both accomplished their goals Tuesday in helping the Brainerd Warriors to first place at the Brainerd Invite. Ryan posted a 12.67 in the 100-meter dash for a personal-best time. She also won the pole vault and helped the 4x100 relay to first. “I wanted to go out here, last home meet of my senior year, I wanted to give everything I have and get some personal bests today,” said Ryan, who enjoyed the warmer than usual spring day.
Brain Huber has gold in his eyes. The Staples-Motley Cardinals senior was close last season as he placed third in the Class 1A state long jump and fifth in the high jump. Those two events along with the 100- and 200-meter dashes could help Huber make a haul at this year’s final meet.
Vanessa Lane admits her passion for track and field is peculiar. She’s in the minority of athletes who loves running the 400-meter dash. It’s a new event for the Pequot Lakes junior, who also runs the 100 and 200 dashes and competes in the long jump.
BREEZY POINT — Nick Forsberg opened last year’s Deacon’s Invite with a double bogey on his way to setting the tournament record of 71. When Staples-Motley’s Andrew Israeslon doubled the opening hole Wednesday, he was informed of what his former teammate did and any anxiety of opening 2-over-par was quickly dismissed. Israelson didn’t match Forsberg’s number, but his 74 was the third best score and top area score at the Arnold Palmer designed course.
Sara Wennerstrand is not a canvas for emotional displays. But the even-keeled junior catcher was “very excited” while trotting around the bases after her third-inning solo home run during the Brainerd Warriors’ 7-1 Central Lakes Conference victory over Rocori Tuesday at Adamson Field. Wennerstrand’s long ball gave Brainerd a 3-0 lead at the time and her work with junior pitcher Maddie Franz helped make the lead stand.
Things started well for the Brainerd Warriors. Junior pitcher Maddie Franz struck out the first two batters she faced and put down the Alexandria Cardinals in order to open Game One. Sara Dick scored a first-inning run and Brainerd looked like its dominant self. It didn’t last. Three errors in Game One, six more in Game Two and the Warriors were swept by the Cardinals 10-3 and 6-2 in Central Lakes Conference action Thursday, May 2, at Adamson Field in Brainerd.
Crosswoods Golf Course and Emily Greens are open. Cragun’s driving range is open with its courses opening Wednesday. Here is a list of area courses and when they hope to open. I stress hope as these dates are dependent on the weather. Please call the respective pro shops to verify the courses are indeed open. ■ Birch Bay, Lake Shore, May 10 ■ Black Bear Golf Complex, Pine River, May 8 ■ Breezy Point Resort: Whitebirch May 3; Traditional May 3; Deacon’s Lodge May 3
Timing is everything and Chris Foley just missed it last year. The Master PGA teaching professional hopes to make up for it this season with an expanded, comprehensive, and most important, fun junior golf school. Foley, who returned to the Brainerd lakes area after a stint in South Carolina, admitted that his late return last May hindered the development of the junior program he envisioned. That’s not the case this season.
Since its 1997 opening, The Classic at Madden’s Resort has been ranked somewhere on most golfers’ top courses list. Golf Digest Magazine’s 2013-14 100 Greatest Public Courses has The Classic ranked 67th. It’s one of just three Minnesota courses to make the list. It’s received five stars and every other accolade given by the golf industry. While the course has been ranked in the top 100 for 10 straight years, it’s been stuck in the middle of the country’s great golf courses.