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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A matchup of conflicting styles awaits what should be a large crowd Wednesday night. The No. 3-seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers will take their match-up nightmare lineup and 28-2 record against the 26-2 unseeded Breckenridge Cowboys, who want to play a high-octane, pressure-cooker style when the teams square off in the Class 2A state quarterfinals at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. This is a rematch of sorts—these teams last faced each other in the 2015 Section 8-2A finals. The Cowboys prevailed 49-47 on a last-second shot to advance to their first-ever state tournament. However, Breckenridge head coach, Arly Ohm, who wasn't the head coach three years ago, thinks this year's team is even more beloved by the community.
DULUTH—Jonathan Jacobson said it best: "Are you kidding me?" While the context of that statement was for a different question, it encapsulated the feelings of most everyone wearing maroon and white Saturday night on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. That's because the No. 2-seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers punched their ticket to the Class 2A state tournament with a 52-46 victory over the top-seeded Esko Eskomos in the Section 7-2A championship game. It will be the 21st state trip for the Rangers and the ninth for Rangers head coach Dave Galovich.
Kylee Heurung mustered the words that almost turned into a major upset. Before the Brainerd Warriors' Section 8-4A quarterfinal matchup against the-then 21-4 St. Michael-Albertville Knights, Heurung ended the silence. She stood in front of her teammates and spoke about beliefs. "I just told the girls that I believed that we could win even though they were seeded No. 2 and we were seeded No. 7," Heurung said. "I still believed we could win. And no matter what the outcome that I was proud of them. Then I went on and gave them pointers on what we had to do, and who to stop, and ran through the whole game plan."
With appearances in their respective section finals, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers and Staples-Motley Cardinals both landed two players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Girls Basketball Team. Also securing two positions was the Pequot Lakes Patriots. Members of the all-area team are nominated by their head coaches and selected by the Dispatch Sports Staff. Taylor Ehnstrom, Aitkin Senior, guard
Crosby-Ironton 61, Virginia 45 Key: Three Rangers reached double figures Overall: CI 27-2, V 25-4 Next: Crosby-Ironton vs. Esko/Proctor winner in Section 7-2A championship at University of Minnesota, Duluth 7 p.m. Saturday DULUTH—Every team aspires to be balanced. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers were Thursday. All five C-I starters scored at least seven points leading Subsection No. 1's second-seeded Rangers to a 61-45 victory over the No. 2 Subsection's first-seeded Virginia Blue Devils on the campus of the University of Minnesota, Duluth.
Matt Tautges Year: Senior School: Pierz Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 56 points in two games last week Joe Kahl had little trouble describing his guard. "Extreme athletic ability." Without much prodding, those were the words that flowed out of the first-year head boys basketball coach of the Pierz Pioneers when asked about Matt Tautges. The senior scorer has been a bright spot in a learning season for the Pioneers, who entered the Section 6-2A playoffs with a 3-23 record.
Shyanne Loiland Year: Sophomore School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds against Barnum and 18 points against Pequot Lakes Shyanne Loiland is reaching new heights on the basketball court. As a freshman, Loiland saw limited time and her numbers reflected that. This year, the Crosby-Ironton sophomore had the Rangers one game away from the state tournament.
Crosby-Ironton 61, Pillager 51 Key: The Rangers' Noah Gindorff finished with 23 points and 12 rebounds Overall: CI 25-2, Pill 16-11 Next: C-I vs. Hinckley-Finlayson in Section 7-2A quarterfinals at Duluth Denfeld 1 p.m. Saturday. CROSBY—Four days were spent trying to figure out how to defend Noah Gindorff.
Warriors 75, Sauk Rapids 56 Key: Warriors held the Storm to 33 percent shooting Conf: Brd 8-8, SR 6-10 Overall: Brd 11-15, SR 12-14 Next: Brainerd in Section 8-4A playoffs TBA Tuesday Cody Christensen got mauled twice Friday. Corbin Pikula made a free throw at Brainerd High School. Michael Bieganek battled foul trouble most of the Central Lakes Conference clash with Sauk Rapids, but still grabbed six rebounds.
Shania Glenz Year: Senior School: Verndale Sport: Basketball Position: Forward Highlights: Reached 2,000 points in win over Nevis For the past five seasons, Shania Glenz has been an imposing force on the basketball court. It's only fitting she becomes the first player in Verndale school history to reach 2,000 career points.