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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Charlie Campbell is in the middle of his eighth year as the activities director at Brainerd High School. He's witnessed some great successes, like state titles in Alpine skiing and floor hockey, and he's had to deal with difficult issues. At age 45, Campbell has spent almost half of his life in education and when he's not creating learning opportunities for the district's students he's busy with his wife Amy raising Katie, 17, Rodney, 15, and George, 13. Campbell took some time to answer some burning questions facing the Warriors activities department.
Owen Bjerga isn't No. 1 so he's not celebrating anything just yet. The Staples-Motley Cardinals junior has plenty to celebrate, however, as he's collected wins at the Big Bear Tournament and Buffalo Invite and a second-place finish at the Paul Bunyan in Brainerd. In fact, the loss in the championship match at the Paul Bunyan is Bjerga's only blemish in an otherwise perfect season. "That's a big motivator," Bjerga said. "I still have that second-place medal on my bed stand so I look at it every day. It keeps me going. That was a big one."
One down and one to go for Olivia Lane. During a 62-41 Mid-State Conference victory over Staples-Motley Jan. 4, Lane secured 18 rebounds to become the all-time leading rebounder in Pequot Lakes girls basketball history. Lane broke Teresa Parker's career mark of 1,297 rebounds. Friday's total pushed Lane to 1,299 rebounds. The Patriots celebrated the feat Friday, Jan. 11, during a home game against Roseau. "I knew about it before the season so it was a goal of mine to beat that record," Lane said.
Prior to the start of his team's non-conference contest Friday, Jan. 11, Troy Nelson wrote down the words "press breaker" on his marker board. It worked. The Brainerd Warriors handled the Bemidji Lumberjacks' press and any extra pressure they tried to produce to post a 77-50 victory at Brainerd High School.
Even without her state vault, Eli Selisker has soared above the competition. The Brainerd Warriors junior continues to be one the Central Lakes Conference's best vaulters and proved it Thursday, Jan. 11, as she finished third in a 143.9-138.75 loss to Class 1A's fourth-ranked Willmar Cardinals at Brainerd High School. The battle of ranked conference opponents started off in the Warriors' favor, but that should be no surprise as Brainerd's vault lineup usually catapults them into a good start.
On Jan. 31, 2018, a tweet went across social media that read, "Cheyenne Abear (Brainerd HS) commits to Union College for 2019-2020." Since then, Abear has been committed to finishing her high school career right. The senior forward tallied both goals in the Brainerd/Little Falls Warriors 2-0 victory over Class 2A's No. 9-ranked Maple Grove Dec. 27 in the semifinals of the Walser Tournament in Edina. One night later, she posted two goals and an assist as BLF topped Class 1A's second-ranked Breck for the tournament title.
Andrew Moore will leave North Dakota State University with two FCS National Championship rings, yet he never played a down. The Crosby-Ironton graduate was an undergraduate assistant for the Bison football team and took the trip to Frisco, Texas, the last two seasons to help NDSU win the last two title games. As an undergraduate assistant, Moore was responsible for scouting opponents' defense, self-scouting NDSU's offense and scouting special teams. He also helped with recruiting and evaluating talent.
For three former area student-athletes, Saturday was a crowning moment. For another, Saturday was a source of bragging rights and a career highlight. And even though the seasons of the Minnesota Vikings and the University of Minnesota Gophers are done, Saturday was a good day to be a Brainerd lakes area football fan. North Dakota State's 38-24 victory over Eastern Washington for the FCS National Championship Saturday, Jan. 5, in Frisco, Texas, concluded a perfect 15-0 season and secured NDSU's record seventh national title.
From the first puck drop, the Brainerd Warriors will learn quickly. During the last two seasons, the Warriors have dominated opponents to the tune of a 31-0 record and two state titles. After the graduation of Cody Vleck, Jake Heikkenen and Jacob Heinlen and their combined 50 of Brainerd's 115 goals from last season, continued domination might be difficult.
His wit and storytelling are only matched by his longevity in his profession. After 46 seasons, and 764 career wins, Brainerd Warriors head baseball coach Lowell Scearcy announced his retirement following Brainerd's loss to St. Michael-Albertville in the Section 8-4A championship series June 7 in Cold Spring. Those 764 career wins rank No. 2 all-time on the Minnesota State High School League baseball wins list. Scearcy finished with a winning percentage of .703 (764-323).