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.
- Member for
- 6 years 3 months
Kira Sweeney Year: Eighth grade School: Staples-Motley Sport: Cross country Highlights: Won the Sauk Centre Invite and the Mid-State Conference championship Kira Sweeney likes to get a feel for surfaces before she competes on them. Before the Staples-Motley eighth-grader won the Mid-State Conference girls title Monday at Park Rapids, she drove up to the site of the event and ran a practice round on the golf course. It led to a winning time of 19:52.5.
Lane Girtz Year: Senior School: Pierz Sport: Football Position: Running back, linebacker Highlights: Rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns and caught two passes for 56 yards against Paynesville When it comes to giving motivational team speeches, Lane Girtz is happy to let fellow backfield mate Derick Hall handle that. Which is why, when the senior running back for the Pierz Pioneers does say something, his teammates listen.
Staples-Motley 36, LPGE 6 Key: Eric Lisson rushed for 230 yards and 4 touchdowns Conf: SM 4-1, LPGE 0-4 Overall: SM 5-2, LPGE 0-6 Next: Staples-Motley hosts Wadena-Deer Creek 7 p.m. Friday STAPLES—Like one of the old steam engines rumbling through town back in the day, the Staples-Motley Cardinals took a gradual approach to getting rolling Friday. Once they got firing, however, there was little stopping them, especially not Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, which was steamrolled 36-6 in the Midwest Blue Subdistrict contest.
Mack Jones Year: Junior School: Verndale Sport: Football Position: Quarterback Highlights: Threw for 168 yards and three touchdowns against Rothsay Mack Jones may have the most rested arm of any quarterback in the state. The quarterback for the Verndale Pirates has only attempted 79 passes all season. When you outscore opponents by an average of 36.2 to 6.8, the offensive play calling gets to be run heavy.
Ellie Michaletz Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Volleyball Position: Outside hitter Highlights: Finished with 50 kills, 40 digs and 2 ace serves at Mora tournament Ellie Michaletz is staring down surgery, but she's hoping to put it off as long as possible. The only way to do that is to keep winning. The outside hitter for the Aitkin Gobblers volleyball team will have knee surgery following the season, but before that happens she's hoping for a happy ending to her senior campaign.
One missed serve. It's hard to beat a team that makes few errors and Class 2A's third-ranked Rocori Spartans missed just one serve en route to a 3-0 Central Lakes Conference victory over the host Brainerd Warriors Thursday. Rocori improved to 9-0 in the conference with a 27-2 game record and secured its fifth straight win. Rocori's two losses this season have come against Class 2A's top-ranked Kenyon-Wanamingo and second-ranked Maple Lake.
"Animal House" on wheels. For many that's an apt description of a guys weekend or road trip. In some respects, the Up North trip has similarities to the 1978 comedy classic. Adjectives become more proficient and colorful. Liquid diets replace normal eating habits and the departure of one's hard-earned income slips away faster than John Belushi could make audiences laugh.
Sam Beam Year: Junior School: Little Falls Sport: Boys soccer Position: Forward Highlights: Scored five goals and assisted on another last week Sam Beam is a blur. A blur of speed on the soccer pitch that is. The junior forward for the Little Falls Flyers boys soccer team uses his speed to score goals and in doing so led the Flyers on a five-game unbeaten streak.
Detroit Lakes 34, Pequot Lakes 25 Key: Cameron Erb's 78-yard TD run sealed the victory Sub: PL 1-3, DL 3-1 Overall: PL 2-3, DL 4-1 Next: Pequot Lakes at Park Rapids 6 p.m. Friday PEQUOT LAKES—Max Tangen could find no fault with how his team persevered. The senior quarterback fought off tears of physical pain and tears from disappointment as his Pequot Lakes Patriots fell 34-25 to the Detroit Lakes Lakers Friday in a Midwest Red Subdistrict game.
Casey Volkmann Year: Junior School: Wadena-Deer Creek Sport: Volleyball Position: Outside hitter Highlights: Finished with 20 kills and 14 digs against Detroit Lakes. She added 19 kills and 11 digs against New York Mills. Casey Volkmann grew up around success. She watched as her older sister and mother helped Wadena-Deer Creek to the 2010 Class 2A state title. And despite heading back to the state title the year before and the Section 8-2A final the year after that, W-DC hasn't reached the level of success since.