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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ST. PAUL—Ethan Hebert secured another podium finish and Gabbie Smith enjoyed another successful state experience Friday, June 7, in the Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University. Hebert placed fifth in the pole vault with a 14-foot-3 effort. The senior tied for fifth last year with a 13-6 effort. As a sophomore he was 16th with a 12-0. East Ridge's Alec Wittman repeated as state champion. He went 15-0 this year.
Desera Engholm and Matthias Algarin proved that seedings do matter Friday, June 7, at the Class 1A State meet at Hamline University, St. Paul. Engholm, a Pequot Lakes senior, and Algarin, a Pierz junior, each collected a state title after both being seeded No. 1 one heading into Friday's finals. Engholm threw a 131-4 on her final attempt to win the discus throw. She was sitting at 124-7 as her best throw before her final attempt. That had her sitting behind state runner up Elizabeth Pahl of Osakis.
Pequot Lakes' Desera Engholm and Pierz's Matthias Algarin will each have a target on their back when the Class 2A State Meet kicks off 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Hamline University. Engholm is seeded No. 1 in both the discus and shot put. Algarin owns the top spot in both the long jump and triple jump. The two will deal with the pressure on both days of the state meet. The girls discus final is Friday, while the shot put final is Saturday, June 8.
The goal is for Zach Henke and Brenna Deason to run six times. The Brainerd Warriors head coaches want Gabbie Smith to run four times and have to long jump numerous times and to see Ethan Hebert pole vault all day Friday, June 7, and run twice over the two-day Class 2A State Meet at Hamline University in St. Paul. Brainerd wants a busy weekend and it could happen. With 11 athletes competing in 10 different events, this has the potential to be memorable state meet.
It's turning into a traditional trek south for the Brainerd Warriors tennis team. For years it was just former Warrior Tanner Lundberg going as a singles player. Last year, however, the Warriors advanced to state as a team. Warrior head coach Bruce Thompson is hoping that experience helps junior Patrick Moraghan in the Class 2A Singles Tournament as well as the doubles team of Garrett Goeden-Ian Aadland in the Class 2A Doubles Tournament, which will begin 8 a.m. Thursday, June 6, at the University of Minnesota.
Many Minnesotans cheered for Tommy Kramer during his 14-year NFL career with the Vikings. The 64-year-old father of two is now giving back to the game by helping promote it through youth football fundraisers across the lakes area. The next one will be 6-10 p.m. Thursday, June 6, at Kiwanis Park in Little Falls. Kramer and former teammate Ted Brown will be on hand to sign autographs. There will be a free concert by The Johnny Holm Band followed by a DJ. Karaoke will be at Falls Bar until midnight. For tickets and more information contact James Kern at 218-831-1400.
The shot clock debate has been unplugged for now. At the Minnesota State High School League's Board of Directors meeting Monday, June 3, in Brooklyn Center the shot clock proposal was voted down 13-5. Prior to the meeting, the state's 16 region committees voted 11-5 against shot clocks. The athletic directors advisory committee voted against 14-2. Crosby-Ironton School Board member Mike Domin is on the board and said he wasn't surprised at the outcome.
Thirty-five seconds doesn't sound like a lot of time, but put it in the context of a high school basketball game and it just might be the perfect time. At its Monday, June 3, board of directors meeting in Brooklyn Center, the Minnesota State High School League will rule on a proposal from the Activity Advisory Committee to implement a 35-second shot clock for all classes of boys and girls basketball for regular season and tournament season play. The rule as stated on the state high school league website would be for varsity play only.
Tony Veith might be the most unassuming super star athlete in Brainerd. The 60-year-old construction worker and his wife Ruth Ann have a blended family of three daughters, two sons and seven grandchildren. When they aren't taking up his time, Veith officiates basketball, softball and baseball games. To hear others talk about Veith, however, you get the sense right away he was special on the playing field.
On a dry day, the outcome may have been different, but the Brainerd Warriors took advantage of Moorhead's slippery play to post a regular-season ending 6-3 victory over the Spuds Friday, May 24, at Adamson Field in Brainerd. Friday wasn't so much a game as it was a study session. The Section 8-4A seedings came out earlier Friday and these two teams will square off in the opening round. Next time the game will be played in Moorhead, however, as the Spuds landed the No. 3 seed and Brainerd was given the No. 6 seed.