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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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?
It was Audrey Collins to the rescue. The senior did more than just step in when needed, however, as the three-year goalie returned to the net and helped the Brainerd Warriors girls lacrosse program secure its first victory as a Minnesota State High School League program Saturday, April 27, as the Warriors defeated Proctor 7-6 at Adamson Field in Brainerd. Entering her final season, Collins wanted to play different positions. But in a pinch she was ready to put on the goalie pads.
Calculated ambition. That's the best way to describe the next step of the Brainerd Lakes Area Tour Showcase, which is the brainchild of Ron Sanders and now a committee of 25 members to bring the PGA's Web.com Tour to Brainerd. Last year's inaugural showcase was a success on many fronts. From player feedback, to tournament conditions and the fluidity of the event, praise was high. But to catch the PGA's attention, Sanders knows his Showcase needs to be bigger and better.
Brainerd lakes area golf courses are doing all they can to provide opportunities to get your children away from screens. Between offering free golf, free lessons, playing partners and more, it can not be said the lakes area doesn't want to help parents provide and outlet from their electronic devices. Aitkin Community Education in partnership with Cuyuna Rolling Hills and Ruttger's Bay Lake Lodge is hoping to match new junior golfers with older, more experienced players. It's part of the Age to Age Grant received from the Northland Foundation.
Warriors Hall of Fame 2019: Jim Gogolin, Tyler Jensen, Heather Kappes-Vulin, Keith Peterson, Kelsi (Ring) Brusehaver, Dan Whirley 2018: Colby Ring, Samantha Smith, Hilary (Dahlen) Smith, Mark Tuchscherer, Kyle Crocker, Jeff Ramey 2017: Tom Lyscio, Sarah (Houle) Oehrlein, Christina Roberts, Kurt King, Colin MacDonald 2016: Kelly (Smith) Green, Jared Anderson, Brent Stark, Gerald Blanck 2015: Mike Zauhar Sr., Abby Rehberger, Brock Larson, Diane Peterson 2014: Carl Sneep, Justin Tyner, Geri Skogen, Sarah Bogenschutz Whiting, Scott Parsons
Braden Kramer didn't think his resume was enough. Olivia King figured there were too many other qualified girls for her to win. Both were wrong as the two were named the 2019 Brainerd Warriors Athletes of the Year. "I had no idea," King said. "There are a lot of girls in this graduating class that deserved this award so I had no idea."
Once a Brainerd Warrior always a Brainerd Warrior. And while Heather (Kappes) Vulin graduated in 1994 after a solid high school athletic career, it's what she did after high school that earned her the right to be inducted into the Warriors Athletic Hall of Fame. Vulin played volleyball and basketball at the University of Minnesota, Morris. She was academic all-conference in both sports. In volleyball, she earned the Most Inspirational player in 1997. She was a team captain in basketball during the 1998-99 season.