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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One hundred fifty seven. The countdown to breaking that Minnesota State High School League girls basketball record begins 2 p.m. Wednesday at Mariucci Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. That’s when the top-ranked, top-seeded, defending state champion and unbeaten New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG) Panthers take their 28-0 record against the unranked, unseeded Pequot Lakes Patriots in the Class 2A state quarterfinals.
Nathan Ehnstrom surprised himself this season. And for good reason. The Aitkin Gobblers’ senior became the school’s all-time leading scorer as he finished his four-year varsity career with 1,619 points. He set the school record for most points in a single game with 43. The 5-foot-10 guard landed seventh on the school’s all-time rebounding list with 490. He finished second all time in assists with 290 and second all time in career steals with 191.
Three players from the Crosby-Ironton Rangers highlight this season’s Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Boys Basketball Team. The Rangers finished with an area-best 24-4 record and advanced to the North Subsection 8-2A finals. Seniors also dominated the list with eight of the 12 spots going to upperclassmen. Coaches nominate players and the team is selected by The Dispatch sports staff. ■ All-area team Nathan Ehnstrom, Aitkin Senior, guard
WADENA — Crystal Pearson and Quinn Kircher combined to miss just four shots in the second half of Tuesday’s North Subsection 5-1A final. They also combined to score 58 of No. 1 seeded Browerville’s 79 points during the Tigers 79-54 victory over the No. 2 seeded Verndale Pirates at Wadena-Deer Creek High School.
Whitney Weisz is coming home. The former Little Falls Flyers’ state champion swimmer is coming back to Minnesota March 20-22 for the NCAA Division I women’s swimming and diving championship at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Weisz, a sophomore at San Diego State University, qualified for nationals in four relays. Those four relays were in prime shape Feb. 23 where the Aztecs finished second to Boise State in the Mountain West Conference championships.
Riley Jacobs could sneak up on a ghost. The quiet unassuming captain of the Crosby-Ironton Rangers had a knack for silently scoring 20 points in a game. The senior boys basketball player did it twice last week. He dropped 21 points on Pequot Lakes in the Rangers’ 55-42 win Feb. 24. “We ran a lot of pick and rolls and stuff and my teammates just got me the ball,” said Jacobs. The two-year starter and three-year varsity player knocked down 26 points in C-I’s 58-50 North Subsection 8-2A semifinal win over Park Rapids March 1.
Jaelin Beachy is known for everything but scoring baskets. Staples-Motley’s five-year varsity player is an intelligent post defender and an unselfish passer. That didn’t stop Beachy from becoming the seventh Cardinals girls basketball player from reaching 1,000 career points. The four-year varsity starter reached the milestone in S-M’s 68-33 North Subsection 6-2A quarterfinal win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thursday.
BEMIDJI — With a seven-point lead it all went wrong for the Crosby-Ironton Rangers. Top-seeded and Class 2A’s third-ranked Rangers held a 31-24 lead early in the second half, but suffered three straight possessions that resulted in turnovers to turn the tide for No. 2 seeded East Grand Forks Green Wave. The Wave turned that momentum into a 50-46 upset victory in Tuesday’s North Subsection 8-2A finals at Bemidji State University.
Sarah is the last of the Moenkedicks. And every Verndale Pirates opponent is happy to hear it. The problem is Sarah Moenkedick is only a sophomore. The last Moenkedick is one of six siblings who have dominated on the field, court and mat for more than a decade at Verndale. Sarah Moenkedick is no different. The sophomore dropped 32 points on Browerville during the Pirates’ 78-70 victory Feb. 18. She followed it with 21 points against Sebeka to lead the Pirates to a 65-58 Park Region Conference win.
Seth Auger drained a 3-pointer. The senior for the Staples-Motley Cardinals boys basketball team has drained many 3-pointers in his four-year varsity career. This 3-pointer, however, was special. The 6-foot-2 guard collected a kick-out pass from a driving Jalen Busker, fired up the shot and sank it to become the 15th member of the Cardinals’ 1,000-point club. Auger is the first to do it since the phenomenal pair of Jordan Riewer and Derek Wolhowe accomplished the feat before graduating in 2010.