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 3 months
Revenge or repeat? Regarding Thursday's Section 8-3A final, one of those words will rule the day as No. 2-seeded Pequot Lakes attempts to seek revenge on top-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, which hopes to repeat as section champs. Last year's slugfest at the Fargodome ended in a 6-0 victory for the top-seeded Rebels. A similar scene is set for 8 p.m. Thursday. Pequot Lakes (8-2) is seeded second, while the Rebels (8-1) are the top seed again.
Reid Pierzinski is not your typical cross country runner. The Pequot Lakes sophomore has led the Patriots' boy cross country team to a win at Deer River and second-place finishes at the Ranger Invite at Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge and at the Mid-State Conference meet in Long Prairie. Come spring, however, Pierzinski trades in his distance shoes for a pair of sprinter's spikes.
Keila Schmitz Year: Senior School: Verndale Sport: Football Position: Linebacker, offensive line Highlights: Finished with 22 tackles against Laporte Verndale senior Keila Schmitz on her decision to play football: "I have two younger brothers closer to my age and then one younger - a younger brother in fifth grade. So I would always just go outside and play with my two closer brothers and we just kind of got along. When it came to junior high, I wasn't really digging volleyball any more.
Jerod Novak Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Football Position: Running back, linebacker Highlights: Rushed for 172 yards and two touchdowns and added 10 tackles against Moose Lake-Willow River Aitkin senior Jerod Novak on how good his team really is: "Our record doesn't show our quality, I personally believe. We're 4-3 (before Friday) and in all reality, if you look at it, we could just as easily be a 7-0 team. Mora is top five and Esko is a top five team in the state. Those are fun games for me. We're in dogfights against teams we're not even supposed to be in games with.
Alice Foote Year: Sophomore School: Little Falls Sport: Swimming Position: Backstroke, freestyle, relays Highlights: Was a double winner against Sauk Rapids, including a school record backstroke Flyers head coach Tim Corbett on the quick development of his swimmer Alice Foote: "Her stroke was so ugly you wouldn't believe. She just didn't have any experience in swimming. She liked swimming, but she wasn't very good. She walked into practice and her legs went up to her chin. She was just all legs.
CROSBY - It was all about timing Thursday at John Davies Field. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers timed two touchdown passes perfectly and defensively timed their blitzes at key moments leading to a 22-6 non-subdistrict win over the International Falls Broncos.
Staples-Motley 38, Crookston 6 Highlight: S-M scored on its first three possessions and recovered two fumbles Overall: SM 5-3, Crok 2-6 Next: Staples-Motley in opening round of Section 6-2A playoffs TBA STAPLES - Hunter Berggren gave all the credit to the offensive line. And why not, as the Staples-Motley Cardinals pushed the Crookston Pirates up and down the field Wednesday to the tune of a 38-6 victory. "Our gameplan was basically the same as always - run on them," said Berggren. "We wanted to get it done up front.
PINE RIVER - Ridge Hunstad enjoyed a career game just in the first half Friday. The Pillager Huskies' junior rushed for 111 yards and two touchdowns on 14 carries. He caught two passes for 49 yards and more importantly picked off two passes at the goal line helping Pillager to a 24-13 Northwest Subdistrict White victory over the previously unbeaten Pine River-Backus Tigers.
Morgan Lohmiller Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Volleyball Position: Setter Highlights: Finished with 63 set assists, 15 digs, 10 ace serves, nine kills and five blocks at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley tournament. The multi-dimensional Morgan Lohmiller on which is better setting or hitting: "I really don't have a preference because I love setting and watching the other girls get their kills and at the same time I really love being the attacker, too." Pequot Lakes head volleyball coach Kate Dale has asked a lot of Morgan Lohmiller this season. The senior has answered. In the
Tyler Moore Year: Junior School: Little Falls Sport: Cross country Highlights: Won the Rocori Invite, his third win of the season, in 16:51 Little Falls junior Tyler Moore on being short: "It's funny looking up and down the line, especially at the award ceremony at the end, everybody has about seven or eight inches on me - maybe even a foot in some situations. "You have to think about how many more steps I'm taking compared to others, but then again that helps me at the end because I can get my leg turnover going faster in the final sprints, which is why I love kicking at the end of rac