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.
- Member for
- 5 years 7 months
Crosby-Ironton 75, Staples-Motley 54 Key: Rangers used a 14-0 run early in second half to separate from S-M Conf: CI 5-1, SM 3-3 Overall: CI 16-3, SM 11-7 Next: Crosby-Ironton at Staples-Motley 7:15 p.m. Tuesday CROSBY—With all five starters scoring nine points or more, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers were the definition of steady Friday. The Rangers used their multiple threats along with a defense that forced 17 Staples-Motley turnovers to produce a 75-54 Mid-State Conference victory over the Cardinals.
Katrina Blom Year: Senior School: Crosby-Ironton Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 59 points, 14 rebounds, 12 assists and nine steals in three games last week Katrina Blom is back. And she's back in a big way. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers' point guard moved back to her hometown this season after spending the last three years in Oklahoma. C-I was were she wanted to cap off her prep career and she's making the most of the opportunity.
Hunter Zupko Year: Sophomore School: Little Falls Sport: Nordic skiing Highlights: Won the Bemidji Invite in 28:35 To listen to Hunter Zupko describe his disaster at the Granite Ridge Conference Nordic ski championship Tuesday, one would have to wonder how he ever finished.
Warriors 63, Moorhead 45 Key: Michael Russell led all scorers with 25 points Overall: Brd 17-4, Moor 2-17 Next: hosts Sartell 7:30 p.m. Thursday It wasn't pretty, but it was a win. After back-to-back losses, the Brainerd Warriors returned to their winning ways with Tuesday's 63-45 Section 8-4A victory over the Moorhead Spuds at Brainerd High School. Brainerd slugged its way to the win despite shooting just 35.3 percent from the field and 61.3 percent from the line.
Molly Lange Year: Freshman School: Little Falls Sport: Nordic skiing Highlights: Won the Detroit Lakes Invite in 31:48 In a perennially powerful program like Little Falls girls Nordic skiing, it's hard to shine brighter than the rest. Freshman Molly Lange is doing her best to make a name for herself. The first-year varsity skier captured the Detroit Lakes invite Jan. 14 when she skied the 8.4-kilometer continuous pursuit at Maplelog Resort in 31:48.
Nate Adkins Year: Senior School: Pine River-Backus Sport: Wrestling Position: 145 pounds Highlights: Finished last week 5-0 and owns a 28-1 season record If Nate Adkins lets out a loud roar during a wrestling match, people need not be worried. The senior for the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew might have a little lion in him. At least his coach thinks so.
With five varsity seasons under her belt, Sarah Moenkedick is the definition of a savvy veteran. Despite not being the Verndale Pirates' top scoring threat, it should be no surprise the senior point guard reached 1,000 career points. Moenkedick, who needed just eight points to reach the milestone, finished with 19 points in Verndale's 64-48 Park Region Conference victory over Pillager Jan. 5.
Gavin Smith Year: Junior School: Staples-Motley Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 23 points, 9 rebounds, 6 assists, 6 steals against Detroit Lakes.
On International Kiss a Ginger Day, the Brainerd Warriors played like a box of Red Hots. Brainerd shot 51 percent from the field (17-33) in the first half, including 10 of 16 (63 percent) from 3-point leading to a 78-58 victory over the Bemidji Lumberjacks Tuesday at Brainerd High School.
The good news is the last five days are over. The bad news is the Brainerd Warriors didn't fare well during that time. Brainerd opened its five-day stretch with a 75-38 loss to Alexandria. It suffered a tough 72-62 loss to Moorhead Friday and then capped it off Monday at Brainerd High School with a 65-47 Central Lakes Conference loss to the Willmar Cardinals.