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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The Central Lakes Raiders rallied from a 4-0 deficit only to have a tag up trip them up in the semifinals of the NJCAA Region 13B tournament Thursday, May 16, in Brainerd. The 10th-ranked Dakota Jacks jumped out early and then again in the eighth inning to secure a 7-4 victory to send the ninth-ranked Raiders into the loser's bracket, where they'll face Northland noon, Friday, May 17. A Raider victory would force a rematch with Dakota, but CLC would have to win two over Dakota to advance to the national tournament.
Jenna Meyer isn't afraid to do the dirty work. She's used to it. The senior left fielder for the Brainerd Warriors softball team battled back from two torn anterior cruciate ligament injuries. In fact, she said they helped her become the hard-nosed athlete she is today. And the Warrior softball team is taking advantage of that with Meyer leading off the batting order. In Brainerd's first three games last week, the two-year varsity veteran went 9-of-12 with a home run, four singles, three doubles, one triple, eight runs scored, three RBIs and three stolen bases.
EAST GULL LAKE—It was looking like an average round for Katie Foley. Then she hit the back nine. The Brainerd Warrior freshmen carded a 1-over-par 37 Wednesday, May 15, on the back nine of The Classic at Madden's. That propelled her to a sixth-place 83 and led the Warriors to third place in the Brainerd Invite. "It was a little bit of a rough front nine, but the back nine came back and shot one over," Foley said. "I was hitting a lot of greens. My putts, I had a good birdie. I left a few short, but then I was able to make that second putt and keep that par going.
BREEZY POINT—For the first time in tournament history, the host hoisted the first-place medals. Led by Casey Finnerty's first place 1-over-par 73, the Crosby-Ironton Rangers captured the Arnold Palmer Invite Wednesday, May 15, with a team score of 323. It's C-I's first victory in the 20-year history of the event. The Rangers' score was a shot better than Armstrong and Brainerd, both of which shot 324. The tie-breaker went to Armstrong.
Jordyn Sullivan said she wasn't insulted, but it was hard to tell. Sullivan was standing in the on-deck circle when Buffalo decided to intentionally walk Clare Ceynowa to load the bases with two outs Tuesday, May 14, at Adamson Field in Brainerd. Sullivan dug into the batter's box and drove a shot over the centerfield fence for her first varsity grand slam. It was Sullivan's second homer of the season and it helped the Brainerd Warriors clip the Buffalo Bison 9-6 in a Section 8-4A matchup.
Savannah Smith is a rarity, and that's unfortunate. The Pequot Lakes High School graduate and recent Concordia University grad is a female high school head coach in the Brainerd lakes area. The 23-year-old is one of just six female head coaches this spring in the lakes area and the fall and winter seasons aren't any better. At the age of 23, Smith is balancing a new career and a new husband along with coaching two different sports in two different locations and appears to be succeeding. For the complete interview visit ????
Warriors 6, St. Cloud Tech 1 Key: Brainerd swept the singles matches Conf: Brd 5-3, STC 0-6 Overall: Brd 6-3, SCT 2-11 Next: Brainerd hosts Duluth Marshall, Hibbing 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11 "Good shot G." Was a common phrase heard from the hill next to the high school tennis courts Thursday, May 9, in Brainerd. Brainerd's Garrett Goeden was the one producing those good shots in his No. 2 singles victory, which helped the Brainerd Warriors knock off St. Cloud Tech 6-1. The senior made it hard not to yell, "Good shot G."
Zach Henke Sport: Track and Field Events: Hurdles and 4x400 relay Year: Senior Age: 18 Height: 5-foot-11 Career highlight: Making the finals of the Class 2A state 300-meter hurdles Other sports: Football GPA: 3.1 Favorite class: Yoga Favorite food: Pizza Favorite movie: "Happy Gilmore" Favorite TV show: "Game of Thrones" Favorite website or app: Twitter Favorite restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings Future plans: Run track at Minnesota State University, Mankato Favorite athlete: Usain Bolt
Section 8-3A True Team Warrior boys: Henke collects three firsts Warrior girls: Two school records fall Next: Brainerd in Central Lakes Conference Quad at Cold Spring 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 14 They called their shot. Brainerd Warriors' junior Gabbie Smith figured one was close and the other had to happen eventually. She was right on both counts as she led off two school-record-breaking relays to help the Warrior girls team to third place at the Section 8-3A True Team meet Tuesday, May 7, at Adamson field in Brainerd.
Mike Schmidt puts the pal in principal. Not only is he the high school principal, he's also been pressed into activities director duties this season. Still, the husband to Heidi and father of Carissa, Corrina, Camryn and Cade found time from his busy schedule to answer some pressing questions facing the Staples-Motley School District. Q: What type of athlete were you in high school?