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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PIerz 34, Greenway-NK 0 Key: A blocked punt and two interceptions Overall: Prz 10-1, GNK 7-3 Next: Pierz in Class 3A state semifinals at US Bank Stadium, Minneapolis 4:30 p.m. Saturday Logan Lease said the block wasn't even called. He also said his defender didn't block him either. The 6-foot, 175-pound senior linebacker maneuvered around the line of scrimmage and blocked an attempted punt with 3:50 remaining in the first quarter.
Pierz vs. Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin Who: Section 7-3A champion Greenway/Nashwauk-Keewatin Titans (7-2) vs. Section 5-3A champion Pierz Pioneers (9-1) What: Class 3A state quarterfinals When: 1 p.m. Saturday Where: Adamson Field, Brainerd High School Leo Pohlkamp rarely needs to find extra incentive to motivate his team.
Pillager vs. Barnesville Who: Section 8-2A champion Barnesville Trojans (10-0) vs. Section 6-2A champion Pillager Huskies (11-0) What: Class 2A state quarterfinals When: 7 p.m. Friday Where: Jim Gotta Field, Moorhead High School Barnesville head coach Bryan Strand gave the Pillager Huskies an impressive complement. Prior to Friday's Class 2A state quarterfinal game between the two unbeaten powerhouses 7 p.m. at Moorhead High School, Strand said the Huskies reminded him a lot of Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton.
Class 2A cross country Male highlight: Tyler Moore finishes all-state Female highlight: Meritt Miller finishes all-state Team: Warrior girls place seventh NORTHFIELD—What a good day to be happy. The Brainerd Warriors girls, led by all-state finisher Meritt Miller, placed seventh in Saturday's Class 2A state girls meet at St. Olaf College, which was painted with warm, sunny fall weather.
Pillager 29, Ottertail Central 6 Key: Two interception returns for TDs, Josh Doss 2 TD passes Overall: P 11-0, OTC 8-3 Next: Pillager vs. Section 8-2A winner Hawley/Barnesville in Class 2A state quarterfinal at Moorhead 7 p.m. Friday FARGO, N.D.—The first time the Pillager Huskies advanced to the state tournament in 2000, Josh Doss was not a fan.
Hillcrest 20, Verndale 14 Key: Hillcrest stopped Verndale on three straight pass plays from their own 5 Overall: V 10-1, H 10-1 Next: Hillcrest vs. Section 2 winner MACCRAY or Cleveland in Nine-Man State Quarterfinal at St. Cloud State University 5 p.m. Friday FARGO—A chance. It's all any team can ask for and the top-seeded Verndale Pirates gave themselves a great chance to win the Section 4, Nine-Man championship Friday at the Fargodome.
FARGO—This year's Pequot Lakes Patriots might go down as one of the most resilient teams in program history. Unfortunately resilience doesn't always translate into championships and Thursday was an example as the fourth-seeded Patriots fell to the No. 2-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels 31-20 in the Section 8-3A championship game at the Fargodome for the fourth straight year. "It's frustrating this year because the coaching staff and I feel that we should have won this game," said Pequot Lakes head coach Chip Lohmiller. "Yes, in the first half, they had a couple of good drives. But we missed a lot of open passes. There were a couple of times we had wide receivers 20 yards wide open and we missed the pass.
It's been 14 years since the Pillager Huskies played in the state football tournament. On Friday, the top-seeded Huskies will get their second chance in those 14 years to get back to the fall's final tournament when they face No. 2-seeded Ottertail Central in the Section 6-2A championship game 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Fargodome. The unbeaten Huskies last played in the dome in 2012 when they fell to Browerville/Eagle Valley 20-7 in the Section 6-1A final. --- --- --- Pillager vs. OTC What: Section 6-2A championship When: 5:30 p.m. Friday
Good teams find ways to win despite difficult circumstances. Enter the seventh-ranked Verndale Pirates, who improved to 10-0 and advanced to the Section 4, Nine-Man championship against Hillcrest Lutheran Academy at noon Friday thanks to the arm and legs of their backup quarterback.
Just when things started to look bright for the Pequot Lakes Patriots, enter Aitkin. While the No. 4-seeded Patriots upset the top-seeded Gobblers 14-0 in the Section 8-3A semifinals Saturday, it wasn't without a price. That price being health.