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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Brock Larson understands the point of view of those that oppose his occupation. The Brainerd High School graduate is aware of recent events that have given Mixed Martial Arts fighting, especially in the Brainerd lakes area, a black eye. But Larson, who owns the Warriors Alliance in Brainerd and is part of CFX promotions, will continue with his Saturday card at the Brainerd Armory that was scheduled before an alleged assault on March 18 that involved a member of another local MMA group.
Jon Dale’s loss is Mike Durbin’s gain. Mike who? He’s the next person Pequot Lakes senior and the 2012 Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year Mattie Lueck will call head coach. Durbin coaches the College of St. Benedict Blazers, where Lueck’s older sister and last year’s Player of the Year, Emily Lueck, plays.
An area-best 23-5 record, a Mid-State Conference title and a spot in the North Subsection 6-2A championship game helped Staples-Motley land three Cardinals on the 2012 Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team. Pequot Lakes, which finished fourth in the Class 2A state tournament, is only other school with more than one player on this year’s team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch sports staff. All-Area team Carene Bayerle, Aitkin, Senior, center
LAKE SHORE — P.J. Severson has come full circle. The executive chef at the renovated Bar Harbor in Lake Shore traveled both coasts to refine his cooking talents. He hopes customers find his food tasteful and well prepared, but not overbearing with gimmick. He also hopes patrons find consistency in both presentation and taste. It’s a motto that runs throughout the remodeled establishment that has seen its share of changes in recent history.
MINNEAPOLIS — Pequot Lakes’ Kayla Miller scored the game’s first basket. It was all Providence Academy after that. The Lions dominated Friday’s Class 2A state semifinal matchup to the tune of 61-32 at Target Center. After Miller’s basket, 12 minutes rattled off before the Patriots would make another field goal. In that time, the Lions built a 24-4 advantage. Pequot shot 2-20 (10 percent) in the first half, while Providence shot 48 percent and attempted 11 more shots thanks to nine offensive rebounds and eight Pequot turnovers. All that resulted in a 34-6 halftime lead.
Kayla Miller has always scored points. It’s the other statistical categories that separates the Pequot Lakes sophomore from the rest. Miller’s line during the Class 2A state quarterfinal victory over Zumbrota-Mezeppa Wednesday is a prime example. She tallied 18 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals to lead Pequot to a 57-46 victory. It’s the same performance she’s been providing Pequot the entire postseason.
Caleb Baker plans on playing football next fall. The secondary might be a good fit for this ball hawk. Even on the basketball court, the Crosby-Ironton junior has a knack for the “pick six.” His defense is a part of his game that often goes unnoticed. This particular play is becoming a staple of Baker’s. While defending a point guard at the top of the key, Baker waits until his opponent attempts to drive on him. With quick hands, Baker picks the ball away from the player and heads the other way for an uncontested layup — or in football terminology a pick six.
MINNEAPOLIS — Mattie Lueck had the best seat in the house for a change. The Pequot Lakes senior, and lone returning starter from last year’s state team, sat for most of the first half in Tuesday’s Class 2A State quarterfinal at Williams Arena. When she returned in the second half, she put the finishing touches on Pequot’s 57-46 victory over the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars.
About the only letter missing from the name Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars is V. The Pequot Lakes Patriots would like to keep it that way, and in the process add an L to the southern Minnesota team when they square off at 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Class 2A state quarterfinals at Williams Arena. This is the fifth state appearance for the Patriots. They knocked off Hawley in the Section 8-2A championship game 55-52 in triple overtime to return to state after last year’s one-and-done experience.
BEMIDJI — The Bagley Flyers were the big kids on the block this year. And they muscled their way into the Section 8-2A championship Tuesday by upsetting the top-seeded, but younger Crosby-Ironton Rangers 70-50 to secure the Northeastern Subsection title at Bemidji State University. Bagley outrebounded C-I 36-20, with 20 of those rebounds coming on the offensive end. The Flyers collected 20 second chance points and attempted 18 more field goals.