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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Jamie Jenks struggled last season. Not at the plate or in the field, but in the dugout. Jenks could only sit and watch her Little Falls Flyers teammates last season as she recovered from an injury. The feeling of helplessness ate at the junior, who played varsity as a freshman. Now healthy, Jenks is a key component to the Flyers’ 6-3 overall record and 5-0 Granite Ridge Conference start.
NISSWA — Michael Foley wanted to return with flair. The senior didn’t shoot the score he wanted Wednesday, nor did he win the Pines Invite at Grand View Lodge as he had hoped, but his presence did bring back a little swagger to his Brained Warriors teammates. Foley, who moved back to Brainerd from South Carolina this spring, carded a 76 in his first competitive round this season to lead the Warriors to 10th at their own tournament.
A shrimp and crab toast is the rarity on an otherwise familiar appetizers menu. But chef Adam Soberski hopes what his menu lacks in creativity is replaced with value. Soberski and floor manager Tiffany Jeffers are hoping to meld a casual atmosphere, with fresh, inexpensive Chicago style bar food at The Lakes Grill & Bar. Fresh ingredients are what Soberski hopes will have people coming back to the former Matty’s on State Highway 371 north of Baxter and across from Brainerd International Raceway.
Allison Kosobud ran just one event Tuesday. The Brainerd Warriors junior made it a good one in the Brainerd triangular at Adamson Field. Kosobud won the 800-meter run in 2:18.7 to make a strong push for competing in Friday’s Hamline Elite meet in St. Paul. “I was very happy with my race,” said Kosobud. “I wanted to get better than a 2:21, which was the best time I had coming into today. (Warrior distance coach Dave) Herath told me if I went out at a 1:07 it would get me a very good time. So I just went out at a 1:07. I was at 33 at the 200 and I was happy with that.”
The baton starts with Jacob Goodew. Who it ends with didn’t seem to matter Tuesday as the Brainerd Warriors 4x100- and 4x200-meter relays both won to help Brainerd to second place in the Warrior triangular at Adamson Field in Brainerd. Goodew led off both relays. In the 4x200, he passed the baton to Logan Davis, who advanced it to Nick Oldham, who slapped it in the hand of Jackson Walters, who crossed the finish line in a first-place time of 1:31.44.
NISSWA — Nick Forsberg is his own worst critic. The Staples-Motley senior gave himself an unflattering review Friday despite shooting a 2-over-par 74 to lead the Cardinals to second place after the first round of the Early Bird tournament at Grand View Lodge’s Pines Golf Course. Forsberg’s 74 coupled with 76s from Michael Strain and Andrew Isrealson and an 80 from Trent Hagenson helped S-M to a 306. That was one stroke better than Grand Rapids and 10 strokes behind first-round leader Lakeville North.
Emily Lundgren has been agonizingly close. She’s agitated. She’s driven. She’s focused. The Aitkin Gobblers’ senior is focused on a single goal for a single event. The five-year varsity sprinter wants to compete in the Class 1A state 400-meter dash. It’s her favorite event, but she’s pretty good at others, too. Lundgren won all four of her events at the Aitkin Invite April 12, one day after coming back from a two-week family vacation.
Collin Eckman is seizing his opportunity. The junior shortstop was thrust into the No. 2 spot in the Little Falls Flyers’ baseball lineup. He’s done nothing but produce since then. Eckman went 5-for-5 with two doubles in the Flyers’ 15-3 win over Perham April 14. He followed that up by going 2-4 with a triple, RBI and a run scored in the Flyers’ 2-1 Granite Ridge Conference win over Princeton April 17. That victory improved Little Falls to 6-0 on the season. And despite going 2-4, Eckman’s batting average dropped.
Vanessa Lane is fast. But there is more to this sophomore phenom then just natural speed. There is her work ethic, strength and a desire to go faster. Pequot Lakes head girls track and field coach Brian Kazmierczak called Lane the hardest-working athlete he’s been around. “She works harder than anyone else,” said the coach. “Overall, she’s such a great example to our other kids because she puts the time in to get better.”
Wesley DeLong knows where he’s going. It’s just a matter of how fast he will get there. The Pillager Huskies’ senior will likely become a member of the North Dakota State University track and field team next season. So this year he’s hoping to leave his mark as a member of a successful Huskies team.