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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- 5 years 8 months
Grace Imdieke Year: Junior School: Lake Region Christian Sport: Basketball Position: Post Highlights: Finished with 53 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists in the state tournament last week Even with an injured shoulder, Grace Imdieke displayed her value last week.
Section 7-2A final Who: No. 1-seeded Esko (26-3) vs. No. 2 Crosby-Ironton (25-4) When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: University of Minnesota, Duluth In the year of elections, many people vote for change. Crosby-Ironton Rangers fans will be hoping for change in the outcome of the Section 7-2A boys basketball finals 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Brainerd's Robert Young scored 140.65 points to finish 22nd in Thursday's preliminary round of the Class 2A state diving competition at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Young was two spots from advancing to the semifinals. Spring Lake Park's Mitch Raihle posted a 232.25 in the prelims to garner the top spot. He maintained that position through the semifinal round as he sits at 353.00 points. Eagan's Nick Lemieux is sitting in second with 301.2 points.
ST. CLOUD—This year's Brained Warriors will go down as one of the winningest teams in program history. And for one half of Saturday's Section 8-4A semifinal at Halenbeck Hall on the campus of St. Cloud State University they showed why.
Joe Harrison entered the Class 2A state individual tournament with the number 42 on his mind. The senior for the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew finished with 41. Harrison suffered a 3-2 loss in the third-place match at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul that not only prevented him from winning his final high school match, but also finished his career with 99 wins. Harrison needed a daunting 42 wins this season to reach 100 for his career. He posted a 41-1 season mark.
ST. PAUL—Justin Jenks enjoyed a bit of revenge and in the process collected a third-place finish in Saturday's Class 3A state individual tournament. Jenks opened his Saturday at Xcel Energy Center with a 45 second pin of Mounds View's Rowan Morgan. He then scored a three minute tech fall of Minneapolis South's Sam Truen to set up a rematch with St. Cloud Tech's Cole Schreder.
Justin Pekula Year: Sophomore School: Little Falls Sport: Hockey Position: Goalie Highlights: Made 42 saves in a Section 6-1A semifinal win over Apollo and 25 saves in a quarterfinal win over Fergus Falls Justin Pekula is not the biggest athlete walking the halls of Little Falls High School. But the sophomore goalie played a big role in helping the Flyers' hockey team advance to the Section 6-1A championship game.
Shania Glenz Year: Junior School: Verndale Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished the week with 108 points, 39 rebounds, nine steals and six assists in four wins Scoring points has not been a problem for Shania Glenz. She's just scoring so much more now than at the start of the season.
A Kolton Eischens' pin at 152-pounds ignited six straight Pierz Pioneers victories en route to a 39-16 defeat of Minneota in the third-place match of Thursday's Class 1A state team tournament at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Eischens pinned Kolin Drietz in 42 seconds. It was the seniors third pin of the day as No. 4 seeded Pierz opened with 44-22 quarterfinal victory over No. 5 seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunberg. Pierz then fell to top-seeded and top-ranked Kenyon-Wanamingo 34-21 in the semifinals to set up the afternoon's third-place match.
Class 1A state tournament Who: No. 4-seeded Pierz Pioneers (26-6) Who: No. 5-seeded Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg (16-1) What: Class 1A state team quarterfinals When: 9 a.m. Thursday Where: Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul A football bet has the Pierz Pioneers wrestling team in prime position for a state title.