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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With 17.9 on the clock, the Brainerd Warriors had the ball and a chance. Out of a timeout, the Warriors hoped to get the ball into 6-foot-5 junior post Kobe Ahonen. The returning varsity vet scored 14 of his game-high 18 points in the second half and just hit a bucket less than a minute earlier. As the seconds ticked away, so did the chances to get Ahonen the ball and the Warriors forced a 3-pointer that ricocheted off the rim. Buzzer sounded. Brainerd fell to the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 53-52.
Get to the Warrior gymnastics meets early this year. That's because the Brainerd vaulters, who perform first, should set the tone for another quality season. Brainerd head coach Dave Maras said his team's strongest exercise will be the one that executes the best, but with the amount of varsity experience back on vault things could be exciting early.
Jordyn Glenz School: Verndale Year: Junior Position: Middle hitter Statistics: 396 kills, 336 digs, 26 set assists, 57 blocks and 35 ace serves on 92.2 percent serving Shania Glenz School: Verndale Year: Sophomore Position: Middle hitter Statistics: 424 kills, 308 digs, 20 set assists, 50 blocks and 29 ace serves on 94 percent serving Shelley Glenz brought her three daughters into her room. She and her husband Tony had returned from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester. One junior, one sophomore, one eighth-grader sat on the bed. They were forewarned. They knew what might be coming.
Jordyn and Shania Glenz led the Verndale Pirates to the South Subsection 5-1A finals prompting their spots on the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Volleyball Team and selection as the Dispatch Co-Players of the Year. Verndale finished with the area's most wins at 22. The lone area team the Pirates did not defeat was Wadena-Deer Creek, which also landed two players on this year's team. Brainerd landed four players on this year's team.
Kills Player, team total Shania Glenz, Vern 424 Jordyn Glenz, Vern 396 Megan Felthous, PRB 348 Casey Volkmann, WDC 307 Tedi Ramberg, Brd 244 Heather Fletcher, Brd 233 Danyel Post, WDC 232 Ellie Michaletz, Ait 221 Kendra Pohlman, LF 195 Megan Porta, PRB 176 Hallie Schmidt, CI 173 Brittny Bzdok, PL 171 Kaitlyn Spar, SM 162 Carrie Nelson, WDC 158 Melanie Dorn, LF 154 Digs Player, team total Maddy Stall, Brd 492 Sarah Moenkedick, Vern 364 Laura Squires, PL 357 Taylor Snow, LR 352 Amanda Nies, PL 342 Casey Volkmann, WDC 340 Jordyn Glenz, Vern 336
Central Lakes Team Conf. Overall Rocori 12-0 27-6 Willmar 11-1 21-7 Sartell 10-3 23-5 Alexandria 8-4 17-13 Brainerd 5-7 18-15 Sauk Rapids 5-7 15-14 Fergus Falls 2-10 5-23 Apollo 2-11 5-22 Tech 0-12 4-21 Central Minnesota Team Conf. Overall Maple Lake 7-0 28-7 Belgrade-BE 6-1 16-13 Kimball 5-2 16-12 Holdingford 3-4 11-17 Eden Valley-W3-4 10-17 Howard Lake 3-4 7-15 Pierz 1-6 6-19 Rockford 0-7 2-23 Granite Ridge Team Conf. Overall Mora 9-1 26-7 Albany 9-1 18-12 Cathedral 7-3 24-6 Becker 7-3 14-13 Foley 5-6 11-13 Little Falls 2-8 11-18 Milaca 2-9 9-18
ST. CLOUD - It wasn't planned. And that's probably why the fourth-ranked Pierz Pioneers didn't have an answer for it. Up until the final play of Saturday's Class 3A state semifinal game at St. Cloud State University, the Pioneers and the top-ranked Rochester Lourdes Eagles had an answer for each other. So close were the two undefeated teams that the game went into overtime after a 17-17 four-quarter, heavyweight battle.
State football What: Class 3A state semifinals Who: Pierz Pioneers (11-0) vs. Rochester Lourdes (11-0) When: 5 p.m. Saturday Where: St. Cloud State University At stake: Winner advances to 3A Prep Bowl at TCF Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, 1 p.m. Nov. 22 The name Hillman will be heard a lot Saturday over the St. Cloud State University public address system - maybe. Top-ranked Rochester Lourdes deploys two Hillman's in its high-powered offense.
While her grandfather, Rick Nolan, represents the northern part of Minnesota, Maggie Heggerston will represent the entire state next season. The Pequot Lakes Patriots senior signed a National Letter of Intent Wednesday morning at Pequot Lakes High School to play Division I golf for the University of Minnesota Gophers. Heggerston, Class 2A's defending co-state champion, said she's excited and confident her game will carry over to the next level. "I don't really have too many concerns about my game," said Heggerston. "I'm not going to expect much of myself that first year. Not in a bad way.
State Swimming and Diving Who: Brainerd Warriors, Little Falls Flyers What: Class 1A and 2A state meet When: Class 1A diving prelims noon, Wednesday; Class 2A diving prelims 6 p.m. Wednesday; Class 2A swimming prelims 6 p.m. Friday; Class 1A finals noon Friday; Class 2A finals 6 p.m. Friday Where: University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Minneapolis From the first to the last event with a few sprinkled in between. That's how long the Brainerd Warriors hope the Class 2A state swimming and diving meet lasts. The Warriors will open with the 200-yard medley relay, the meet's first event.