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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Beth Etterman is confident she can be successful at the next level. If she has any concerns she can just ask her older sister, Katy Etterman. The younger sister will join her older sibling on the University of Minnesota diving team next fall. Etterman will sign her NCAA National Letter of Intent officially at 3:20 p.m. Friday in the large (south) conference room at Brainerd High School.
It’s 1,609 miles or 25 hours from Brainerd Area Civic Center to the Langley Events Centre. That’s the exact distance Mitch McLain needed to go to find himself and improve his craft. The Brainerd High School graduate is in his second season with the Langley Rivermen of the British Columbia Hockey League after a successful high school career for the Brainerd Warriors. Both places prepared the forward for his next career move. McLain was scheduled to sign his NCAA National Letter of Intent on Wednesday to play hockey at Bowling Green State University next season.
Staples-Motley Cardinals senior Emily Israelson signed her NCAA National Letter of intent Wednesday to play women’s golf next season at Augustana College in Sioux Falls, S.D. The six-year varsity player competed in her fourth Class 2A state tournament last spring and finished 15th with a two-day, rain-shortened 121. She placed fifth as a sophomore with a 156, tied for ninth as a freshman with a 162 and tied for 32nd her first year playing at the Ridges at Sand Creek as an eighth-grader.
Jenny Muesing loves golf so much she’s moving south. Not until the Brainerd Warrior finishes her high school career, however. Muesing will sign an NCAA National Letter of Intent to play women’s golf at Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tenn., Wednesday afternoon. The signing ceremony will be 3:20 p.m. in the large (south) conference room at Brainerd High School.
DULUTH — The Proctor Rails beat the Pierz Pioneers at their own game Friday. Proctor rushed for 275 yards and sprinkled in just enough passing to eliminate the Pioneers from the Class 3A state tournament 19-6 at the University of Minnesota, Duluth Pierz was held to just 137 yards rushing on 44 carries. It did eclipse 114 yards in the air as Proctor forced the Pioneers to pass.
Jaelin Beachy validated a tough decision. The Staples-Motley Cardinals senior is a two-time Class 1A state meet 100-yard breaststroker. She’s finished in the championship heat both times. But something happened this year. Something Beachy nor Cardinals head coach Bruce Onischuk could figure out.
Simply put, Jude Severson was just feeling it. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers senior cross country runner said he was full of energy before the Class 1A state cross country meet Nov. 2 at St. Olaf College in Northfield. And when he concluded the five kilometers he was feeling even better. Severson ran a season-best time of 16:49.8 to earn all-state honors and lead the C-I Rangers team to ninth place.
If the Central Lakes Raiders could redo a quarter this season, it would likely be the first quarter against the Rochester Yellowjackets. The 9-1 Raiders will get that chance 1 p.m. Sunday in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference state championship at St. Cloud State University when they face the team that handed them their only loss. In the first meeting between these teams Sept. 21, Rochester jumped out to a 24-0 first-quarter lead and finished with a 48-21 victory. The Yellowjackets outrushed CLC 392 yards to 72.
Game plans will be similar. Execution of those plans will be the difference. The 8-3 Pierz Pioneers, winners of Section 5-3A, will battle the 8-2 Proctor Rails, winners of Section 7-3A, in Friday’s Class 3A state quarterfinal at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The teams are nearly identical in their offensive philosophies — run, run, run.
ST. CLOUD — Mac Gruber hesitated when asked if he thought his Pierz Pioneers could do what they did Friday. And who could blame him. With losses to Holdingford and Howard Lake-Waverly, Pierz was struggling. Injuries depleted one of the state’s already smaller Class 3A schools. A lack of a passing game also hindered Pierz’s run into the Section 5-3A playoffs as they were beaten by Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa.