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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Pequot Lakes 14, Aitkin 0 Key: A fumble recovery early and Austin Young's punt return led to the Patriots' win Overall: A 7-2, PL 7-3 Next: Pequot Lakes vs. Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in Section 8-3A final at Fargodome 5:30 p.m. Friday AITKIN—It's a good bet what the topic of conversation will be 20 years from now. Players from Saturday's Section 8-3A semifinal between the No. 4 Pequot Lakes Patriots and top-seeded Aitkin Gobblers will return to their hometowns to celebrate class reunions.
Izabella Edin's goal is to play great tennis and have fun doing it. That's what the Staples-Motley Cardinals' No. 1 singles player has done all season and it's turned into a 33-0 record heading into the Class 1A state singles tournament Thursday at Reed-Sweet Family Tennis Center in Minneapolis. Edin placed third as a sophomore before taking a year off from Minnesota State High School League competition to play in the United States Tennis Association. She didn't miss a beat in her return as she cruised through the Section 8-1A bracket to earn the No. 2 seed in the 16-player singles bracket. Edin will open at state against junior Cindy Li of Cotter.
Staples-Motley 46, Wadena-Deer Creek 0 Key: S-M rushed for 325 yards and 5 touchdowns Overall: S-M 5-4, W-DC 3-6 Next: Staples-Motley at Pillager in Section 6-2A semifinals 7 p.m. Saturday STAPLES—Both Travis VanOverbeke and Hunter Berggren talked about focus. But focus doesn't usually translate into a 54-point swing. That was the difference between when the Staples-Motley Cardinals lost to the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 28-20 Oct. 14 to when the No. 4 seeded Cardinals eliminated No. 5 W-DC 46-0 from the Section 6-2A playoffs Tuesday.
Nate Jensen couldn't pinpoint one athletic ability that separates his senior forward from other players. Jensen, the head coach of the Lake Region Christian School Hornets boys soccer team, did, however, know why Tyler Ogren is so deadly on the pitch. "He works harder than anyone else," said Nate Jensen. "He's a real hard-worker. "He's in good condition so he doesn't wear down by the end of the game. He likes competition so if he's got a good defender on him, it usually brings out the best in him."
For the first time in Shania Glenz's illustrious volleyball career, older sister Jordyn is not by her side. And while it's been an adjustment for the middle Glenz daughter, it hasn't resulted in a lack of success for her or the Verndale Pirates volleyball team. In limited action during the Pirates' 3-0 Park Region Conference win over Pillager Tuesday, Glenz posted eight kills, eight digs, four ace serves and a block.
Pequot Lakes 27, East Grand Forks 0 Key: Pequot scored on three East Grand turnovers Sub: PL 4-3, EGF 1-6 Overall: PL 5-3, EGF 2-6 Next: Pequot Lakes in Section 8-3A quarterfinals 7 p.m. Tuesday PEQUOT LAKES—Win. Stay healthy. Gain confidence. Pitch a shutout. The Pequot Lakes Patriots were 4-for-4 on their goals Wednesday night as they defeated the East Grand Forks Green Wave 27-0 to head into the Section 8-3A playoffs with a three-game winning streak.
Pillager 46, PRB 12 Key: Pillager accumulated 404 yards of offense Conf: Pill 5-0, PRB 4-1 Overall: Pill 7-0, PRB 6-1 Next: Pillager at Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 7 p.m. Wednesday; Pine River-Backus at Bagley 7 p.m. Wednesday PILLAGER—If there were any questions of the Pillager Huskies legitimacy, they were answered Friday.
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.