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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- 6 years 10 months
Cracks in the foundation of the Staples-Motley Cardinals' football program surfaced April 17. At a regular school board meeting, head football coach Travis VanOverbeke's contract renewal was separated from the rest of the fall coaches list. Despite a recommendation from S-M superintendent Mary Klamm to renew VanOverbeke's contract, the board's vote ended in a 3-3 tie—meaning the motion did not pass and VanOverbeke's coaching contract was not renewed. The vote did not affect VanOverbeke's positions as activities director or physical education teacher in the district.
It will be an exciting early May for Savannah Stone and Emily Israelson. The former lakes area golf standouts have continued their strong play at the college level as evidenced by last weekend's finishes at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship Sunday. Israelson, a junior, helped Augustana University win its eighth straight conference championship. She closed the tournament with an even-par 72 for a three-round 225 to place second individually. She trailed only teammate Kali Trautman by two strokes.
A simple invitation could mean big things for Aitkin Gobblers athletics. For years, the Mid-State Conference has looked to expand its roster of schools. The departure of Wadena-Deer Creek last spring to the Park Region Conference made the need for more school districts more dire. Invitations were sent to Pillager, Pierz and Aitkin. This year, the Gobblers accepted.
Kylie Lange believes it's all about momentum. She might be right. For the first two innings of Tuesday's Central Lakes Conference matchup, the momentum belonged to the Sartell Sabres, but that switched in the third inning and the Brainerd Warriors put the nail in the coffin with a six-run fifth for an 11-5 victory at Adamson Field.
Pequot Lakes Invite Individual highlight: Jack Evans shot a 2-under 71 to make up six strokes and win title Team highlights: Warriors erased a 15-stroke deficit to win team title Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference meet at Territory Golf Club, St. Cloud, 4 p.m. Tuesday; Crosby-Ironton, Aitkin at Cuyuna Country Club in Deerwood 4 p.m. Monday, Pine River-Backus, Staples-Motley at Perham 9:30 a.m. Saturday EAST GULL LAKE—Jack Evans coursed out a game plan Friday.
Pequot Lakes Invite Individual highlight: West Fargo's Hunter Moen shot a 69, including a hole-in-one Team highlights: Moorhead paced the field by three strokes Next: Aitkin, Brainerd, Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes, Pine River-Backus and Staples-Motley in final round of Pequot Lakes invite, Cragun's Legacy Courses, 10 a.m. Friday EAST GULL LAKE—Conditions were not ripe for scoring, but that didn't stop West Fargo's Hunter Moen from shooting a 3-under 69 in the opening round of the Pequot Lakes Invite at Cragun's Legacy Courses.
When Tyus Jones hosts the Tyus Jones Basketball camp June 16-17 in Pillager, it won't be his first brush with the area. During his junior season at Apple Valley High School, the Minnesota Timberwolves' point guard led the Eagles to an 81-67 victory over the Brainerd Warriors in the Class 4A state quarterfinals. Jones remembered the matchup well.
Brainerd Warriors Head coach: Todd Person (fifth year) 2016 finish: Fourth place in CLC, fourth in Section 8-3A Returning section team members: Julia Wallace, Abby Pohlkamp, Maggie Mattson, Maren Pelowski, Ellie Bymark Assistant coach: Marcus Aulie Should the Brainerd Warriors make history this season, they'll do it close to home. The Section 8-3A tournament has been moved from Greystone in Sauk Centre to Grand View Lodge's Preserve Golf Course south of Pequot Lakes.
Senioritis will not be a problem for the Brainerd Warriors this season. Of the 22 athletes on the Warriors' roster, none are seniors. That's not to say the Warriors will be inexperienced. In fact, it's the opposite.
Michael Russell School: Brainerd Position: Guard Season stats: Finished with 542 points (20.1 per game), 99 rebounds (3.7), 109 assists (4.0), 34 steals (1.3) and two blocked shots. He shot 40.6 percent (169-416) from the field, 72.7 percent (104-143) from the line and 38.8 percent (100-258) from 3-point. It was easy to see. No opposing coach wanted to see it, but most did. Brainerd Warriors' head coach Scott Stanfield was reluctant to substitute because he might miss it.