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 10 months
When it comes to early golf, few in central Minnesota open sooner than Crosswoods Golf Course in Crosslake. The now 27-hole course is open and the public can play all 27 holes, including the new nine. A video flyover of the new layout can be found at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8pr1ONwSuqk . The video can also be accessed at the Crosswoods Website.
Christian Laettner College: Duke University NBA: No. 3 pick in 1992 NBA draft by Minnesota Timberwolves Years pro: 13 years Current: Hosting Christian Laettner Basketball Academy at Pillager High School June 20-22 Registration: Visit www.theclba.com Christian Laettner's name carries a wide-range of emotions. He's been tagged as one of college basketball's greatest of all time, Kentucky Wildcat killer, first-round draft pick, former Minnesota Timberwolf, gold-medal Olympian and by some a villain.
Three players from the state-qualifying Pequot Lakes Patriots highlight this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Girls Basketball team. The Verndale Pirates, who advanced to the Section 5-1A semifinals landed two players on the team. Players are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch sports staff. All-Area Team Taylor Ehnstrom, Aitkin Junior, guard
Haley Wiebolt Year: Senior Team: Pequot Lakes Patriots Position: Point guard Season stats: Finished with 693 points (22.4 per game), 110 rebounds (3.5), 218 assists (7.0), 95 steals (3.1) and 10 blocked shots. She shot 47.2 percent (253-536) from the field, 37.9 percent (69-182) from 3-point and 79.1 percent (121-153) from the line. Haley Wiebolt led the Brainerd lakes area in scoring and was among the area's leaders in every other statistical category except rebounding and blocked shots.
Emily Israelson's golf game has been rejuvenated. The Staples-Motley High School graduate and current Augustana Viking won her second collegiate tournament of the season Friday shooting a 2-over 74 to win the Augustana Spring Fling at the Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif.
Kobe Ahonen Year: Senior School: Brainerd Position: Center Season stats: Finished with 509 points (18.2 per game), 276 rebounds (9.9), 32 assists (1.1), 27 steals (1.0) and 17 blocked shots. He shot 55.3 percent (194-351) from the field, 32.1 percent (17-53) from 3-point and 63.4 percent (104-164) from the line. Scott Stanfield recalled his first meeting with Kobe Ahonen and his family.
A 20 win season and the Brainerd lakes area's Player of the Year helped the Brainerd Warriors land two players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Brainerd Dispatch sports department. The All-Area team is: Nathan Davies, Aitkin Senior, guard
Roseau 78, Pequot Lakes 65 Key: Kiley Borowicz tallied 33 points and 13 rebounds for Rams Overall: PL 27-4, R 28-3 Next: No. 4 Roseau vs. No. 1 Plainview-Elgin-Millville in Class 2A state semifinals at Williams Arena, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis 6 p.m. Friday MINNEAPOLIS—Roseau head coach Kelsey Didrikson said her players would have to play bigger than they are to advance in the the Class 2A state tournament.
Warriors finish fourth State semifinal: Anoka-Hennepin 4, Brainerd 1 Third-place game: Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka 4, Brainerd 2 All-tournament players: Brainerd's Jake Heikkenen, Cody Vleck BLOOMINGTON—A lack of numbers did in the winded Brained Warriors as they lost their bid to repeat last year's third-place finish at state tournament Saturday at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
Olivia Lane Year: Freshman School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Girls basketball Position: Post Highlights: Finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and two steals in win against Crosby-Ironton Pequot Lakes head coach Jon Dale believes Olivia Lane is better than her sister Vanessa Lane was at this point in her career. That's high praise considering the elder Lane, who now runs track for South Dakota State University, was the Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year and helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots to the Class 2A state basketball tournament.