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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Brainerd went big points hunting Thursday. With eight pins, two forfeits and a technical fall, the Brainerd Warriors slapped the Sauk Rapids Storm with a 69-8 Central Lakes Conference loss at Brainerd High School. Brad and Kyle Patnode opened the dual with back-to-back pins followed by Cole Kubesh's technical fall and a Drew Breun pin to open a 23-0 lead.
There's a youth movement in the Brainerd High School swimming pool. With just five seniors, and only five juniors, the Warriors will rely heavily on a large sophomore and freshmen class to fill in the roster this season.
Warriors 63, Sartell 47 Key: Three Warriors reached double figures in scoring Conf: Brd 3-0, Sar 1-1 Overall: Brd 4-2, Sar 1-4 Next: Brainerd hosts Grand Rapids 7:30 p.m. Friday With no one taller than 5-foot-10, the Brainerd Warriors were looking up to the Sartell Sabres Tuesday. That was until the diminutive Warriors outworked the Sabres to the tune of a 63-47 Central Lakes Conference victory at Brainerd High School. Brainerd outrebounded Sartell 37-32 with Cara Helgeson grabbing 10 boards to go with a game-high 14 points.
Alex Erpelding Year: Junior School: Staples-Motley Sport: Wrestling Position: 160 pounds Highlights: Reached 100 career wins and won Dennis Katz Memorial tourney Alex Erpelding is on a relentless pursuit to take people down. It's what he does. It's what he's good at. He's so good in fact expectations for a long wrestling season are mounting with every pin the Staples-Motley Cardinal collects. "My expectations for Alex are high," said Staples-Motley head coach Dave Anglin. "I expect him to be No. 1 in the Section 6-1A tournament. That's my hope. I hate to use the word expectation.
Brooke Miller Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Finished with 58 points, 12 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and five steals last week Brooke Miller isn't concerned with headlines or praise. The Aitkin Gobblers forward doesn't care about how many shots she's getting or her points-per-game average. She sets modest goals for herself, but monumental ones for her basketball team. Surrounded by talent, Miller knows this has the makings of a special season for Aitkin. "We have so much potential," said Miller.
Brainerd 138.6, Apollo 106.25 Key: Brainerd vaulted out to a big lead early Conf: Brd 2-0 Overall: Brd 3-0 Next: Brainerd hosts Alexandria 6 p.m. Dec. 17 Watching Brainerd's first-year head coach Seth Helland react to one hit vault after another some may have worried he wouldn't last the whole meet Thursday. The Warriors hit on all five of their vaults to build a 19.6-point lead and cruised to a 138.6-106.25 Central Lakes Conference victory over St.
Scott Stanfield is confident the Brainerd Warriors will respond following back-to-back Central Lakes Conference home losses. The latter setback came via a 54-51 defeat by a tenacious Fergus Falls Otters team Tuesday.
Hopefully Michael Russell didn't have his best varsity game in a losing effort. The junior guard for the Brainerd Warriors scorched the nets for 33 points, but his counterpart, Rocori senior Jon Olson, scored 37 points, including seven in overtime, to lead the Spartans to a 74-71 Central Lakes Conference victory Friday at Brainerd High School.
Brainerd's mission statement for the 2015-16 season: Get back. The Brainerd Warriors advanced to the state meet last season at Giants Ridge and left feeling unsatisfied. Despite the graduation of state veterans in Ben Hanson, Noah Baker and Connor Gunsbury, this year's squad has a goal to improve upon what happened last season.
Defense of the Central Lakes Conference title and continued progress will be two early goals of the Brainerd Warriors. Last season the Warrior girls captured the conference crown and finished fifth in the Section 8 meet.