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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- 6 years 8 months
Fergus Falls 70, Warriors 57 Key: Otters forced 12 first-half turnovers Conf: Brd 6-8, FF 11-2 Overall: Brd 8-13, FF 17-3 Next: Brainerd at Rogers 7:15 p.m. Friday With a stifling defense, the Fergus Falls Otters looked poised for a repeat trip to the Class 3A state championship game Thursday. The Otters forced the Brainerd Warriors into 12 first-half turnovers and used those to build a 40-33 halftime edge leading to a 70-56 Central Lakes Conference victory at Brainerd High School.
Thursday's goal at the state Nordic ski meet will be to fill the leaderboard with Section 8 skiers. The Brainerd Warriors and Little Falls boys teams along with Brainerd's Grace Erholtz and the Flyers' girls team will represent Section 8 at Giants Ridge Resort in Biwabik. This will be the 11th time in 12 years the Flyer girls have competed at state and senior leader Kendal Hendrickson has her sights set on all-state as does her male counterpart, Hunter Zupko, who is making his fourth straight state appearance.
With heads down and doubt setting in, Allyson Smith looked at her young teammates and simply said, "Own the moment." The senior center did just that as she skated toward the net from the left side. With a defender hanging on her every glide, Smith owned the moment by snapping in Saturday's game-winning goal at 12:50 of the third period to lift the top-seeded Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors to a 5-3 victory over No. 8 Buffalo/Maple Lake in the Section 8-2A quarterfinals at Essentia Health Sports Center.
Gavin Smith Year: Senior School: Staples-Motley Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Scored 52 points in two Cardinal wins Listening to Gavin Smith talk about basketball it becomes clear. Words zoom from his mouth heavy with excitement. It's an honest passion filled with knowledge of the game and a desire to play. It's clear he loves the sport and that might be why he's developed a talent for it.
Taylor Ehnstrom Year: Senior School: Aitkin Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Hit 7-of-11 from 3-point to finish with 22 points against Barnum Taylor Ehnstrom struggled with confidence last season. That's not the case this year. The senior for the Aitkin basketball team has turned into a momentum-shifting sniper from long range and it's helped the Gobblers to an 11-6 record, including four wins in their last five games.
From the small "Village" of Staples to Minnesota State University Moorhead to playing professional basketball overseas Jordan Riewer has been places few have. The all-time leading scorer in Staples-Motley basketball history (1,957 career points) is playing basketball in the Czech Republic.
Brett Reed Year: Sophomore Team: Northern Lakes Lightning Sport: Boys Hockey Position: Center Highlights: Scored five goals against River Lakes Brett Reed almost matched his goal total from all of last season in just one game. The sophomore center for Northern Lakes registered all five Lightning goals in a 5-2 victory over River Lakes Tuesday. His first goal came 20 seconds into the contest. Hats flew at 5:06 of the first period and he tallied his fourth goal at 14:02 of the first.
Now the fun begins. The Brainerd Warriors prepped one last time for the important part of their season by claiming a 96-82 Central Lakes Conference victory over Fergus Falls Thursday at Brainerd High School. It was their final regular-season dual meet heading into the CLC championship, the Section 8-2A meet and hopefully the Class 2A state meet.
Sometimes words don't work hard enough. For instance, when asked what makes Alex Erpelding a dominating wrestler for the Staples-Motley Cardinals, head coach Dave Anglin had a hard time pinpointing one thing. "It's the same old Alex," Anglin said. "Hard working. Driven. He just strives to get better each and every day. As far as an athlete that works hard, you're not going to find anybody that works harder than him. I don't care where you go. It's not just in our room. It's a drive to exceed what expectations he has for himself."
Confidence is what Gabby Rainwater lacked. It wasn't desire or work ethic. She knew what she needed to do. She just lacked confidence. She's got it now and the Pine River-Backus sophomore is using it.