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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Things were looking bleak. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers were suffering through a four-match losing streak, their longest of the year. Senior Kylie Monson was suffering through a back injury, but was ready for a Sept. 25 Mid-State Conference match at Staples-Motley. Monson collected eight digs, seven kills, six ace serves and one set assist helping C-I to a 3-0 victory. One night later, Monson had her best game with 24 digs, 19 kills, five ace serves and one set assist to lead C-I to a 3-2 win over Pillager.
Jalen Jansen showed he's ready to take that next step. And the Pierz Pioneers are ready as well. The senior enjoyed his best game as a running back as he rushed for 132 yards and three touchdowns in a 50-12 beat down of Eden Valley-Watkins Sept. 29. His touchdowns covered 30, seven and six yards, all in the first half, helping Pierz to a 30-6 halftime edge.
PEQUOT LAKES—You can go home, if that home is Pequot Lakes. From their opening possession to the final play from scrimmage, Friday's Midwest Red Subdistrict game was all Pequot Lakes Patriots as they pounded Park Rapids 55-8 to improve to 4-2. That after a murderous four-game streak that saw the Patriots fall to Fergus Falls and Perham before regrouping against Detroit Lakes and Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Friday was a welcome relief as the Patriots scored on their opening possession and only added to their lead.
EAST GULL LAKE—The autumn foliage will be close to peak. Frosty morning delays will soon transition to snow-covered fairways. It's fitting Madden's on Gull Lake hosts a 20-year celebration Sunday for The Classic at Madden's in October. Masses of tourists are trickling to lesser numbers. Older residents are preparing their migration south. And while it sits visible along a short stretch of County Highway 77 in East Gull Lake, few realize how regarded The Classic at Madden's is on a national scale.
Sartell 112, Warriors 72 Key: Sartell won every event but one Conf: Brd 6-1, Sar 7-0 Overall: Brd 6-1, Sar 7-0 Next: Brainerd at Fergus Falls 6 p.m. Thursday Dan Anderson knows his swimmers and divers well. He knew his Brainerd Warriors were going to take a beating Thursday against Class 1A's fifth-ranked Sartell Sabres at Brainerd High School. And they did, 112-72. But he also knows practices will have an urgency leading up to the Section 8-2A meet later this season.
It didn't matter that her oldest sister was one of the best setters Central Minnesota has ever seen. When Casey Volkmann was growing up watching her sister's team win a Class 1A state volleyball title, and advance to state numerous other times, she had different dreams. "When I was younger, I always thought it was so cool to be the person who went up and got the kill every time," Casey Volkmann said. "So it was finally amazing when I was 12 years old and I could go up and hit a ball in bounds."
Emmet Anderson Year: Freshman School: Staples-Motley Sport: Cross country Varsity seasons: Four Highlights: Won the Bagley Invite and Milaca Mega Meet Emmet Anderson knows how good Staples-Motley used to be. He's met members of the Cardinals' elite cross country teams that advanced to state every year from 1995-2009 and won the state title seven times. He knows about individual state champions like Derrick Mattila and two-time state champion Jeff Brever, now the head coach at Pequot Lakes. aEmmet Anderson knows how good Staples-Motley used to be. He's met members of the Cardinals' elite cross country teams that advanced to state every year from 1995-2009 and won the state title seven times. He knows about individual state champions like Derrick Mattila and two-time state champion Jeff Brever, now the head coach at Pequot Lakes. And because he knows he wants a taste.
AITKIN—Alan Hills couldn't bear to watch the last 3.9 seconds. The first-year head football coach for the Aitkin Gobblers had his team sitting with a 20-14 edge late in the fourth quarter, but rival Crosby-Ironton was charging. In one minute and 13 seconds, the Rangers marched from their own 20 to the Gobbler 30 to set up one final play to determine who would claim the Stump Trophy. A big 35-yard reception from Matthew Christopher helped set up the final play.
Sauk Rapids 3, Warriors 2 Key: Storm's Morgan Maselter sealed win with big kill Conf: Brd 3-4, SR 6-1 Overall: Brd 6-10, SR 9-3 Next: Brainerd hosts Willmar 7 p.m. Tuesday It's close. So close that the final play of Thursday's Central Lakes Conference match summed up the difference between the Brainerd Warriors and the Sauk Rapids Storm in Brainerd. In the fifth set, and Brainerd needing a point, the Warriors attempted a timid tip and it didn't work.
Mike Mahlen's words are few. The long-time head football coach for the Verndale Pirates has watched and coached numerous players. So when he says this about his starting quarterback it carries a lot of weight. "He's just a good, hard-nosed, football player."