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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Warriors finish fourth State semifinal: Anoka-Hennepin 4, Brainerd 1 Third-place game: Robbinsdale/Hopkins/Mound Westonka 4, Brainerd 2 All-tournament players: Brainerd's Jake Heikkenen, Cody Vleck BLOOMINGTON—A lack of numbers did in the winded Brained Warriors as they lost their bid to repeat last year's third-place finish at state tournament Saturday at Bloomington Jefferson High School.
Olivia Lane Year: Freshman School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Girls basketball Position: Post Highlights: Finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds and two steals in win against Crosby-Ironton Pequot Lakes head coach Jon Dale believes Olivia Lane is better than her sister Vanessa Lane was at this point in her career. That's high praise considering the elder Lane, who now runs track for South Dakota State University, was the Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Year and helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots to the Class 2A state basketball tournament.
Luke Weniger Year: Sophomore School: Verndale Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Scored 17 points against Pine River-Backus and 16 against Browerville A correlation between Luke Weniger's overall play and the Verndale Pirates winning 15 of their last 18 games could be made. Weniger, a sophomore guard for the 19-10 Pirates, said a team meeting following Verndale's 79-62 loss to Pillager Jan. 5 sparked the team's rejuvenation after a 4-7 start.
DULUTH—Jon Dale wasn't happy with it, but the Pequot Lakes Patriots moved one game closer to their fourth state tournament in the last six years. The No. 2 seeded Patriots eliminated the North Subsection's No. 1 seeded International Falls Broncos 68-51 Thursday on the campus of the University of Minnesota Duluth. Pequot's height advantage resulted in 18 second-chance points and its length translated into 24 I-Falls turnovers. The Patriots turned those into 20 points.
DULUTH—With a deliberate pace, the top-seeded Esko Eskomos dissected their way to a fourth-straight Section 7-2A title Friday. Adam Trapp a 7-foot-2 sophomore center finished with 14 points, 16 rebounds and nine blocked shots and Esko held the No. 2 seeded Crosby-Ironton Rangers to 21 percent shooting to secure a 42-25 victory at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Noah Gindorff Year: Junior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Post Highlights: Finished with 29 points and 10 rebounds against Aitkin and 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists against Barnum. Noah Gindorff is a pretty good football player, but he wears a helmet and there's only eight regular-season games. He's not too bad on the baseball diamond either, but attendance at spring events usually takes a steep decline.
Grace Imdieke Year: Junior School: Lake Region Christian Sport: Basketball Position: Post Highlights: Finished with 53 points, 15 rebounds and 14 assists in the state tournament last week Even with an injured shoulder, Grace Imdieke displayed her value last week.
Section 7-2A final Who: No. 1-seeded Esko (26-3) vs. No. 2 Crosby-Ironton (25-4) When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: University of Minnesota, Duluth In the year of elections, many people vote for change. Crosby-Ironton Rangers fans will be hoping for change in the outcome of the Section 7-2A boys basketball finals 7 p.m. Friday at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Brainerd's Robert Young scored 140.65 points to finish 22nd in Thursday's preliminary round of the Class 2A state diving competition at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis. Young was two spots from advancing to the semifinals. Spring Lake Park's Mitch Raihle posted a 232.25 in the prelims to garner the top spot. He maintained that position through the semifinal round as he sits at 353.00 points. Eagan's Nick Lemieux is sitting in second with 301.2 points.
ST. CLOUD—This year's Brained Warriors will go down as one of the winningest teams in program history. And for one half of Saturday's Section 8-4A semifinal at Halenbeck Hall on the campus of St. Cloud State University they showed why.