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
- 4 years 2 months
Nikki Edin and Lauren Nelson Year: Senior (Edin) and junior (Nelson) School: Staples-Motley Sport: Tennis Position: No. 1 doubles Highlights: Won Mid-State Conference doubles title Lauren Nelson is the true definition of a teammate. Nikki Edin couldn't be happier to call Nelson a fellow Staples-Motley Cardinal. The two joined forces this season to form the No 1 doubles team for the Cardinals' tennis squad. Edin, who advanced to the Class 1A state doubles tournament last season with since graduated Kelsey Zetah, returned to her No. 1 slot, but without a partner.
Sebastian Elsenpeter Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Football Position: Running back, safety Highlights: Rushed for 81 yards and two touchdowns and added five solo tackles, three assists and a QB pressure in win over Perham Sebastian Elsenpeter is enjoying a productive homecoming. After spending his junior year in Florida, Elsenpeter returned to Pequot Lakes for his senior year. The running back and strong safety has played a key role in the Patriots being ranked No. 2 in Class 3A and starting the season 3-0. Against then No.
EAST GULL LAKE - RJ Smiley will always have a connection to lakes area golf. It's been years since Smiley owned the Mille Lacs Golf Resort south of Garrison, but the man who has dabbled in most everything golf related looked right at home Tuesday at The Classic at Madden's. Smiley carded a gross 32 in the stableford format to win the master division of the Minnesota Golf Association's Senior Tour Finals. That score was good for third overall between the three divisions, which also included senior and super senior.
Warriors 2, Alexandria 1 Key: Brainerd scored twice on penalty kicks Conf: Brd 6-0-1, Alex 2-3-1 Overall: Brd 7-2-1, Alex 4-5-2 Next: Brainerd at Sartell 7:30 p.m. Thursday Maddie Waters made one and created one. The Brainerd Warriors senior captain scored a goal on a penalty kick and then forced the Alexandria Cardinals' defense into another penalty, which Angela Lacy cleaned up, to hand the Warriors a 2-1 Central Lakes Conference victory Tuesday night at Adamson Field. "I was pretty confident in (Angela) because I know she can make those pretty well," said Waters.
PR-B 21, Pillager 18 Key: Tigers defense stopped Huskies four times in red zone Conf: Pill 0-1, PRB 1-0 Overall: Pill 1-2, PRB 2-1 Next: Pillager hosts Blackduck 7 p.m. Friday; Pine River-Backus at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 7 p.m. Friday. PINE RIVER - In Pine River-Backus, it should be called the orange zone. Four times the PR-B Tigers defense forced the Pillager Huskies offense off the field with no points despite being inside the Tigers' 20 yard line.
Is your golf game good enough to tackle The Classic at Madden's? Do you have a bunch of friends who are as crazy as you? If so, it's time to put your money where your mouth is and sign up for the Brainerd Sports Boosters Classic 6-6-6 Shootout. A fee of $100 per player gets you into the tournament that has both a gross and a net division. Tee times begin at 2:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at the premier golf course of Madden's Resort in East Gull Lake. There is a 7 p.m. reception and dinner at the Madden Inn North Star room.
Jake Larson Year: Sophomore School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Football Position: Running back, cornerback Highlights: Rushed for 158 yards, caught two passes for 15 yards, picked off two passes and returned punt for score against Hibbing Jake Larson was supposed to play a complementary role. After the first two weeks of the prep football season, Larson is getting nothing but complements. The sophomore running back rushed for 158 yards on 25 carries. He caught two passes for 15 yards and returned a punt 60 yards for a touchdown.
Claire Browning Year: Junior School: Aitkin Sport: Tennis Position: No. 1 singles Highlights: Won Eberhart Tournament at Pine City It's a constant battle for Claire Browning. It appears to be one she is winning. The Aitkin Gobblers' junior tennis player is ranked No. 2 in the Class 1A individual rankings. She is 12-0 this season and just collected her 100th career victory Thursday. Browning joins Kelsey Klucas as the only Gobbler girls to reach the century mark. Browning owns a career record of 100-30, but those haven't been her biggest opponents of late.
The question became how to stop Willmar's Leah Ruter. Unfortunately the Brainerd Warriors never discovered an answer Tuesday leading to a 3-1 Central Lakes Conference loss at Brainerd High School.
In a game that may catapult the Little Falls Flyers to a great season, Brighton Goodrich made the play. Flyers head coach Jay DeCann recreated it as if it was unfolding before his eyes. "We were just flat and then on a kickoff return he was going and he ran right at a guy," said DeCann. "He went hard and lowered his shoulder and ran over him. Then he ran for 15 more yards and was just carrying a couple of other guys the whole time. That was the spark that got us going. He was inspirational in leading our comeback."