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 2 months
Jordyn Glenz Year: Senior School: Verndale Sport: Volleyball Position: Middle hitter Highlights: Finished with 18 kills, 8 digs and 1.5 blocks against Swanville and 18 kills, 13 digs, five blocks and one set assist against Wadena-Deer Creek Jordyn Glenz is playing less and it might be making her better. The senior middle hitter isn't playing throughout the Verndale Pirates' volleyball rotation. She's being taken out of the back row for libero Alexis Steege. That's not to say Glenz isn't one of Verndale's better defenders.
Chris Ramsey Year: Senior School: Pillager Sport: Football Position: Safety, Running back Highlights: Rushed for 183 yards and three touchdowns against Lake Park-Audubon Chris Ramsey was forced to increase his to-do list this season. One of just three seniors on the Pillager Huskies football team, Ramsey knew a strong leadership presence was essential to the development of his younger teammates. He did, however, have one personal goal he wanted to obtain this year. "Right away, and it was kind of a joke, but I wanted to get 100 yards in one game," said Ramsey.
Warriors 3, Fergus Falls 1 Highlight: Ally Smith scored two overtime goals Conf: Brd 7-0, FF 1-4-1 Overall: Brd 8-1, FF 4-6-2 Next: Brainerd at Bemidji 2 p.m. Saturday It sounded like Homer Simpson was on the Brainerd Warrior sidelines Thursday. A consistent stream of 'oh' 'ah' 'duh' and 'ugh' flowed from coaches and players as they watched shot after shot hit a bar, missed just wide or get corralled by Fergus Falls Otters keeper Alicia Niblock. Brainerd attempted 33 shots on the Otters' goal, a handful from point-blank range.
Golf outing. Road Trip. Mancation. Call it what you would like, but at 8 a.m. Sept. 12 I boarded a bus with around 30 other adult men who traveled from various distances to Motley. Our destination was Morton. More specifically Dacotah Ridge Golf Club and Jackpot Junction Casino Hotel. For the past week I've been working this column in my head trying to pinpoint the hilarious happenstances, the witty back-and-forths and the unbelievable anecdotes. The problem that keeps arising is the Brainerd Dispatch is a family newspaper and so 80 percent of my material is being censored. No one died.
Pierz 70, Howard Lake-W-W 20 Highlight: Pierz had no turnovers and scored on all but three possessions Subdistrict: Prz 4-0, HLWW 0-4 Overall: Prz 5-0, HLWW 0-5 Next: Pierz at Paynesville 7 p.m. Friday PIERZ - Michael Meyer caught everything thrown in his direction except for the only pass that was intended for him. Meyer finished with two interceptions returning one 99 yards for a touchdown helping Class 3A's third-ranked Pierz Pioneers destroy Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted 70-20 Friday. On Pierz's opening drive, the senior wideout broke free from the secondary.
Zach Struss Year: Senior School: Pine River-Backus Sport: Football Position: Quarterback Highlights: Threw for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 12-of-17 passing and ran in a score against Fertile-Beltrami. Zach Struss is starting to zing it. At least that's what Pine River-Backus Tigers head football coach Tom Demars has noticed the past two games. In PR-B's first two games - a 26-6 win over Red Lake County and a 20-12 win over New York Mills - Struss went a combined 19-32 for 268 yards and two touchdowns. In the last two games for the Tigers - a 14-7 win at Blackduck and a 28-14 win
Ari LeMieur Year: Eighth grade School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Cross country Highlights: Won the Pequot Lakes Invite in 23:32 Slight in stature, but heavy on determination. Ari LeMieur is only in eighth grade, but already she's gaining a reputation of being one of the top area runners. Just ask Pequot Lakes' Grace McGuire, who gave everything she had during Brainerd's Run for the Melon event Sept. 4 to beat LeMieur. The rookie cross country runner for the Patriots made it her mission not to lose to LeMieur and said as much in an interview afterward.
Warriors 4, Alexandria 3 Highlight: Kiera Schweitzberger won her varsity debut Conf: Brd 4-1, Alex 2-3 Overall: Brd 8-4, Alex 6-5 Next: Brainerd at St. Cloud Tech 4:30 p.m. Thursday Ashley Fitterer may have said it best when describing why Brainerd's No. 1 double team is so good. "We are like the same person just split in two," said the senior. Brainerd Warriors seniors Ashley Fitterer and Brooke Mimmack have been playing No. 1 doubles for the past three seasons. They've had gutsy wins, easy wins and come-from-behind wins.
Verndale 43, Buffalo Lake 8 Highlight: Mitch Blaha rushed for 111 yards and caught two passes for 104 more Overall: V 3-1, BLH 1-3 Next: Verndale at Rothsay 7 p.m. Friday VERNDALE - At the halfway point of the season, the Verndale Pirates are clicking. Verndale racked up 418 yards of offense.
Noah Boser Year: Senior School: Pierz Sport: Football Position: Fullback, linebacker Highlights: Rushed for 100 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries against Melrose Leo Pohlkamp called his senior captain "Mr. Utility." The Mr. comes from the respect the Pierz head football coach has for Noah Boser as a quiet team leader of the 3-0 and Class 3A's third-ranked Pioneers.