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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Luke Weniger Year: Senior School: Verndale Sport: Football Position: Running back, linebacker Highlights: Rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 112 yards and one more score against Bertha-Hewitt Like a utility player in baseball, Luke Weniger can do everything on a football field. And the senior for the Verndale Pirates has proven it.
The future of high school athletics is in jeopardy. But don't take my word for it. "Soccer, when I came here, there was maybe a list of a dozen different people who were willing to help out with our junior varsity and varsity games and now that list is down to one," said Charlie Campbell, Brainerd Warriors activities director. That "one" is one certified official. And it's not just soccer. All sports are seeing a numbers crunch when it comes to finding officials.
Staples-Motley 20, Pillager 12 Key: Josh Lombard threw for 314 yards and two touchdowns Conf: Pill 4-2, SM 3-3 Overall: Pill 6-2, SM 3-5 Next: Pillager and Staples-Motley in Section 6-2A playoffs TBA STAPLES—It may say just two touchdowns in the stat sheet, but Josh Lombard had a hand in all three of the Staples-Motley Cardinals touchdowns Wednesday.
It was a hard wait for Dylan Loftis. The Pillager Huskies' junior sat out all of last season because of the Minnesota State High School League transfer rule. Loftis, who transferred to Pillager from Staples-Motley, roamed the sidelines watching, waiting and preparing to wreak havoc on opposing defenses. "It was really hard for me to do that," Loftis said. "I know the players and the coaches felt I had the potential to play last year, but sitting out and watching the team play during Friday nights was kind of tough for me. I just worked through it and told myself, 'No matter what, work toward next year and give it all I have.'
Morgan Glenz is feeling a little alone. Prior to this season, Glenz's varsity volleyball career always included one or two of her sisters. With both of her older siblings graduated, the junior for the Verndale Pirates is the last Glenz standing. Thanks to her sisters, Jordyn and Shania, all opposing teams know the Glenz name.
PIERZ—With a 15-play, 90-yard opening drive, Class 3A's second-ranked Pierz Pioneers set the tone early. Then they just kept setting it to the tune of a 42-6 Mid-State Subdistrict 1 beat down of Class 2A's eighth-ranked Paynesville Bulldogs Friday. The Pioneers racked up 357 yards rushing and 401 yards of total offense. Ninety of those rushing yards came on the opening drive when Pierz pounded it down the field. A Reese Kapsner 20-yard run was the longest play of the drive. Pierz faced nothing longer than a third and four, until Kapsner's 16-yard rushing touchdown on third and five. There wasn't a single penalty on the picture-perfect opening possession.
For as good as the Brainerd Warriors have been over the years, one thing has stood in their way—the Section 8-2A quarterfinals. Not since 2009 have the Warrior girls advanced past the opening round of the playoffs. This despite having home-field advantage for three of those years. Thursday at Adamson Field in Brainerd, there was little doubt who would be playing Saturday as the third-seeded Warriors topped No. 6 Buffalo 3-1.
A month ago, a 75-year-old man named Ron Sanders had the area golf scene abuzz. Now, a month later, he's hoping to turn wishful thinking into the first step of his five-step process of bringing the Web.com Tour to the Brainerd lakes area. The Web.com Tour is the PGA's developmental tour in which future PGA players cut their teeth to earn a spot on the PGA Tour. The more important question is: Who is Ron Sanders and why does he think he can create this opportunity?
CROSBY—With a picture perfect setting, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers wrote a memorable homecoming script Saturday. C-I recovered three fumbles and intercepted its first pass of the season leading a 17-0 Northeast Blue Subdistrict victory Saturday over the Moose Lake-Willow River Rebels. With a sunny, warm afternoon as the backdrop, Ethan Helie, Logan Grittner and Devin Parks all recovered fumbles and Tre Jones intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter to help C-I's defense pitch the shutout.
Things were looking bleak. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers were suffering through a four-match losing streak, their longest of the year. Senior Kylie Monson was suffering through a back injury, but was ready for a Sept. 25 Mid-State Conference match at Staples-Motley. Monson collected eight digs, seven kills, six ace serves and one set assist helping C-I to a 3-0 victory. One night later, Monson had her best game with 24 digs, 19 kills, five ace serves and one set assist to lead C-I to a 3-2 win over Pillager.