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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A trip to the Class 4A state tournament helped the Brainerd Warriors land three players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team, including this year's area player of the year. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers were the only other team with multiple entries as the Section 8-2A runners-up placed two on the team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and selected by the Brainerd Dispatch sports department. ■ All-Area Team Nathan Ehnstrom, Aitkin Junior, guard
Jack Sauer didn’t do anything special. That’s how he explains it. Ask any other member of the Brainerd Warriors boys basketball team and you get a different answer. His teammates offered proof there was no one more deserving of the Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year honors than the three-year starting guard.
Tatum Sheley has worked for everything she’s earned. She worked to be a six-year varsity player at Pine River-Backus. She worked to be a five-year starter for the Tigers. A two-time Northwoods Conference Player of the Year, a three-time Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Team selection and five-time all-area nominee, PR-B’s all-time career leader in points, assists and steals, the school-record holder for most points in a game (44) and now the Dispatch’s Player of the Year are all things she worked for.
With a 21-6 overall and 10-0 Mid-State Conference record, the Staples-Motley Cardinals were the best team in the Brainerd Dispatch coverage area. Because of that, the Cardinals landed three players on this season’s Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Girls Basketball Team. The Pine River-Backus Tigers advanced to the Section 5-1A final and secured two spots on this year’s team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their head coach and selected by the Dispatch Sports Department. ■ All-area First team Chelsey Bonsante,
It’s been a rough start to the 2013 Brainerd Warriors boys track and field season. And head coach Rod Reuer isn’t complaining. The season officially started last week while the Brainerd School District was on spring break. Throw in all the excitement of the Brainerd boys basketball team’s state tournament appearance this week and Reuer has yet to see his entire roster of 80 athletes at practice yet. Again, Brainerd’s head coach of 14 years isn’t worried. He said it’s all about getting ready for the end of the season not the beginning.
Pick a word. Mine was fearless until they changed it. They being the Brainerd Warriors, who were fearless in their pursuit of a Class 4A state boys basketball championship. The then-28-1 Warriors, ranked seventh in the state, winners of Section 8-4A, winners of the Central Lakes Conference, were faced with the daunting task of battling the state’s top-ranked 4A school in Apple Valley in the quarterfinals of the state tournament Wednesday at Target Center.
MOORHEAD — Defense being the trademark of Perham, the Southwest Subsection’s No. 2-seeded Yellowjackets were defensive Friday. Perham forced the Crosby-Ironton Rangers into 13 turnovers and capitalized on 10 of those. The Yellowjackets also held C-I to 36 percent shooting en route to a 50-42 Section 8-2A championship victory at Concordia College. Perham’s defense, coupled with C-I’s Daniel Hudrlik picking up his fifth foul with 3:22 remaining in the game, allowed it to win its third-straight section championship.
Four of the last five Section 8-2A championships have been won by either Crosby-Ironton or Perham. Friday night, however, will be the first time in that span those teams will battle to decide who represents the section at state. The two-time defending section champion Yellowjackets (22-7) were the No. 2 seed in the Southwestern Subsection, but upset top-seeded and 2A’s second-ranked Hawley 67-55 to advance to the section final at 6:30 p.m. at Concordia College in Moorhead for the third straight year. Perham has won four straight, and eight of its last nine games.
Whitney Weisz chose warm weather over the Big Ten. It would appear the freshman swimmer picked wisely. Last year, Weisz accepted an offer to swim for the University of Wisconsin. Instead, the Class 1A state champion in the 100-yard freestyle picked San Diego State University and hasn’t regretted her decision.
BEMIDJI — Daniel Hudrlik knew he needed a big game. So that’s what the sophomore post for the No. 1 seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers went out and did — he had himself a game. Hudrlik finished with a game-high 24 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Rangers to a 47-36 Northeastern Subsection 8-2A championship victory over No. 2 Warroad Tuesday at Bemidji State University. “We needed to come out and shoot the ball well,” said Hudrlik. “We knew that they were all seniors pretty much and they were going to come out after us. We just needed to take it to them.”