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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CROSBY—Bryan Syrstad will have large shoes to fill this fall. The new head coach for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers football team will take over for Mike Gindorff, who resigned following last season so he can watch his son Noah play college football this fall at North Dakota State University. Aside from Gindorff, the rest of the Ranger coaching staff remains, which should create a seamless transition.
Iron Range Eatery Where: Downtown Crosby What: 3 Cheers Hospitality's third area restaurant Menu: Pizzas, build your own bruschetta and burgers, upscale dishes and cocktails CROSBY—It's time to dust off those "fancy" shoes and head to Crosby. The newest addition to Crosby's ever-changing downtown landscape is Iron Range Eatery, located by the bike park in what used to be a bakery. It's the third restaurant owned and operated by 3 Cheers Hospitality—better known as the Prairie Bay guys.
It's been a crazy week for Matt Tautges. The Pierz Pioneers senior was part of the school's all-time winningest baseball team that finished second in the Class 2A state tournament with Monday's 6-4 loss to Minnehaha Academy in Monday's championship game at Target Field in Minneapolis. The sting of defeat was deadened slightly as Tautges was named the Minnesota State High School Baseball Coaches' Association Class 2A Player of the Year Thursday night at its end of year banquet.
As Olivia Lane enters her junior year of high school, her future path will already be paved. Lane, a 6-foot-1 post player for the Pequot Lakes Patriots, verbally committed to play basketball at the University of North Dakota. That won't happen for two years, but it's one less decision Lane will have to worry about for the future. "With Division I, a lot of (high school) juniors commit early on because (schools are) looking at a lot of different players," said Lane. "I just loved everything about UND and I felt it was a perfect fit for me so that's why I committed early."
Jim Blocker took his first selfie. It required a special occasion and Blocker's Father's Day was just that. At 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Blocker was on the No. 2 tee box at Emily Greens Golf Course. Blocker took out his 6 iron for the 132-yard par 3 and watched as he recorded his first hole-in-one.
Ken Allee couldn't wait to tell his girlfriend about his first ever hole-in-one. Nicole Gustafson didn't have to wait to tell him about hers. She screamed it about five minutes later. The couple was golfing Monday on the Dutch Legacy at Cragun's Legacy Courses in East Gull Lake. They weren't playing together, however, as they were paired with different partners for Ernie's League, which plays Monday afternoons at the resort course. Allee was playing one group ahead of Gustafson with Chris O'Day, while Gustafson was playing with her mother Sue Mandt.
It's an avid golfer's dream come true. Play 18 holes on Deacon's Lodge, The Classic at Madden's, The Pines at Grand View Lodge and one of the two championship courses at Cragun's Legacy Courses for $50. That's less than a dollar a hole and still Master PGA instructor Chris Foley is begging junior players to take up the offer. Foley is the founder of the area's Junior Lakes Cup—a four-week traveling golf league for junior golfers age 13 to graduating seniors.
Class 3A What: Class 3A state tournament Who: Brainerd's Gavin Metz When: Tuesday-Wednesday, June 13-14 Where: Bunker Hills, Coon Rapids Gavin Metz admitted he's going to be more nervous this year. As an upstart freshman playing in his first state tournament last year, Metz had no idea how big the Class 3A state tournament is. He knows now, but heading into his second state tournament Metz has a goal and a plan.
Title defenses will be in effect. Three individual state titles, two state records and a state championship relay will all be defended by area athletes when the Class 1A meet kicks off at 3:30 p.m. Friday and concludes starting 3:30 p.m. Saturday. Staples-Motley's Millie Klefsaas will have two titles to defend, including her state-record pole vault.
With one year of experience under his belt, Tanner Lundberg is ready for the next step. The problem for the Brainerd Warriors' junior is which step to take. He'll make his decision prior to 8 a.m. Thursday. That's when Lundberg begins his second Class 2A state singles tournament at Baseline Tennis Center in Minneapolis.