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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With a full season under her belt, could this be the year of Kendal Hendrickson? The senior on the Little Falls Flyers Nordic ski team is making it seem that way. Hendrickson posted a winning time of 14:58 to win the St. Cloud Cathedral Invite Jan. 3 She led a group of four Flyers, who all finished in the top 10, to the team victory.
One game sits on Bryce Tesdahl's wish list. If he gave the question more thought, that list might expand to a Section 1-4A title game and a Class 4A state championship game, but on a Wednesday morning reminiscing about past success, the former Associated Press Player of the Year said the one game he wants on his schedule would be played in the Ranger Gym—a gym he and his 2008 teammates often filled to capacity.
Attitude and effort is the Little Falls Flyers' boys hockey motto. Few exemplify that better than senior forward Bryce DeDomines. The two-year varsity player battled through the hockey ranks. His sophomore season he played junior varsity. He was a third-liner last season. This year, he's leading the team in points and in the locker room.
Sydney Tietz is just happy to be on skates again. Her Northern Lakes Lightning girls hockey teammates are happy she's on their team and not the opposition. After two knee surgeries kept Tietz off the ice for most of her sophomore season, the junior has been on a terror.
Warriors 66, Willmar 59 Key: Brainerd hit 14-of-18 free throws in second half Conf: Brd 2-3, W 1-4 Overall: Brd 3-6, W 6-4 Next: Brainerd at Moorhead 5 p.m. Saturday It was celebrated Thursday, but it may have already happened last week. Michael Russell became the 11th Brainerd Warrior boy to surpass 1,000 career points during a Dec. 29 loss to Elk River. The milestone wasn't celebrated until Thursday, after Russell sank a 3-pointer in the Warriors' 66-59 Central Lakes Conference victory over Willmar at Brainerd High School.
CROSBY—What started as a close contest turned one-sided in a hurry. After a first half that featured seven ties, two lead changes and six points as the largest point differential, Tuesday's Mid-State Conference clash became lopsided in the second half as the Crosby-Ironton Rangers used a 15-0 run to pull away from the Pequot Lakes Patriots and claim a 72-50 victory. Jack Silgen scored nine of those 15 points as he finished with 22 points for the game. The 6-foot-5 point guard caused havoc on both ends igniting C-I's big run.
It's still early, but Brainerd head coach John Zemke sees signs of a team forming. Winning the Warrior Invite by more than 100 points Thursday at Brainerd High School will help the building process. The Warriors swept the three relay events and received two wins each from Preston Owen and Gunnar Niemeyer.
It wasn't a win, but it didn't feel like a loss either. Class 2A's third-ranked and defending state champion St. Cloud Tech Tigers handed the Brainerd Warriors a 145.425-142 Central Lakes Conference defeat Tuesday at Brainerd High School It was the highest score of the season for Class 2A's seventh-ranked Warriors, who in the famous words of former head coach Dave Maras "left a lot of points out there."
MINNEAPOLIS—It's said linemen in the National Football League need to have a nasty streak in them. It's hard to believe Joe Haeg could even curse let alone impose his physical will on an opponent. On Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium, that is exactly what the Indianapolis Colts' rookie did or was. Joe Haeg was nasty. For Colts fans, or one of about 70-some Haeg family and friends in attendance, he was nasty in a good way. The Brainerd High School and North Dakota State University graduate started at right guard against the Minnesota Vikings and he and his fellow linemen helped the Colts' offense register 411 yards of offense leading to a 34-6 beatdown of the home team.
Brainerd 67, Rocori 57 Key: A 15-6 run to start second half keyed Warrior win Conf: Brd 1-1, R 0-2 Overall: Brd 2-2, R 3-3 Next: Brainerd hosts Lakeville South 6:30 p.m. Saturday Joey Sauer was 4-of-4 in the second half and scored six of his 12 points out of the break to propel the Brainerd Warriors to a 67-57 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Rocori Spartans Friday at Brainerd High School. Sauer's hot hand helped Brainerd turn a 28-23 halftime edge into a 43-29 lead thanks to a 15-6 run.