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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Dakota Waverek was a 15-foot putt away. The putt lipped out and forced a tie with Staples-Motley teammate Andrew Israelson at 3-over-par 75 during the April 26 Cardinal boys golf invite at The Vintage at Staples. It was the second time in the week Waverek and Israelson tied for medalist honors. Both times Israelson topped his elder teammate in a scorecard playoff. That wasn’t the case Thursday. On the same home course during a Mid-Minn Conference round, Waverek fired a 1-under-par 71 to beat Israelson by two strokes.
Jordyn Glenz is a walking example of the benefits of being a three-sport athlete. The Verndale sophomore, who plays softball for the Bertha-Hewitt/Verndale Raiders, is hitting .565 with a double, triple, two home runs, 14 RBIs, 13 runs and five stolen bases through the team’s first six games — a 4-2 start. Where the three-year varsity veteran is excelling, however, is with runners in scoring position. The No. 4 hitter in the Raiders’ lineup is 6-for-9 with runners primed to score.
Tanner Lundberg’s arsenal of shots is extensive. The Brainerd Warriors’ eighth-grader needed all of them Thursday during a 4-3 Central Lakes Conference loss to the Willmar Cardinals at Brainerd High School. Lundberg topped Willmar sophomore Drew Corneil 6-2, 6-4 for a No. 2 singles victory. It was Lundberg’s second victory over Corneil this season. Lundberg beat him 6-4, 6-1 in Brainerd’s season opener.
EAST GULL LAKE — Mark Twain called it a good walk spoiled. However, Saturday’s golf trip down memory lane at Madden’s Resort in East Gull Lake was anything but. As part of the resort’s 85th grand opening anniversary, the resort hosted a hickory golf club tournament. Each of the six clubs in our bags came with hickory shafts instead of today’s modern alloys. The sets were authentic 100-year-old clubs that twisted and turned like a wet noodle. Even the golf balls were replicas of days past.
BAXTER — David Supinski missed all of last year’s track and field season. You wouldn’t have known that by watching the Brainerd Warriors’ junior Tuesday at Forestview Middle School during a Central Lakes Conference dual with Sartell. Supinski cruised to a first-place 51.28 in the 400-meter dash, captured the 200 dash in 23.34 and helped Brainerd’s 4x400 relay to first place. Supinski’s three firsts helped Brainerd tie Sartell with 165 points apiece.
BAXTER — Sophie Balster has great expectations this season. It’s a change from last year’s season where as a freshman she was just finding her way. Balster’s way this year could lead to the state meet. She took a step closer Tuesday at Forestview Middle School as the sophomore won the discus and placed second in the shot put to help Brainerd to a Central Lakes Conference dual meet victory over Sartell. Balster won the discus in 108-2.
Cassie Carey sat nervous and excited. It was her first recruiting visit as the head women’s basketball coach for the Central Lakes College Raiders. She recalled being in the opposite chair 15 years ago. “I didn’t know how it was going to go,” Carey said about her first visit. “It was with a player that almost reminded me of myself back in high school.
A perfect golf shot felt through a hickory golf club doesn’t stop at a golfer’s hands, but reaches the soul. That’s how it was described to Glenn Hagberg and that was enough reason for the head PGA professional at Madden’s to bring hickory golf to the East Gull Lake resort as part of Madden’s 85th anniversary celebration April 26.
College is set. Two state tournaments under her belt. Jenny Muesing can relax and compete during her senior campaign for the Brainerd Warriors. That’s not to say the varsity veteran, who will attend Division I Lipscomb University in Tennessee next year, doesn’t have unfinished business. Last season an abridged season hindered Muesing’s chances of repeating as Central Lakes Conference individual champion. She finished second after just four conference events.
Sneaky good may be the best way to describe this year’s Brainerd Warriors. Here’s why. Last season the Brainerd Warriors finished sixth in the Section 8-3A finals, but five of the six players from that team return. The Warriors had no state qualifiers, but they do have a bona fide leader in Thomas Stoxen, who set a school record by shooting a 68 in the Apollo Invite. Stoxen, who has played varsity golf since seventh grade, finished fourth in the final Central Lakes Conference standings and tied for 13th in the section finals with a two-day 161.