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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It will be interesting to see what Olivia Tautges does for an encore. In the Brainerd Warriors' season-opening softball victory over St. Cloud Tech Tuesday, April 9, the freshman finished 4-for-4 with two singles, two doubles and five RBIs. She also pitched the final three innings helping Brainerd secure a 9-3 Central Lakes Conference victory. She allowed two runs on five hits and one walk. She struck out two.
When it comes to spring, his voice is as synonymous as the first sighting of a robin. Dick Bremer has been calling Minnesota Twins baseball games since 1983 and while he does a lot of talking, it's rarely about him. So here's a little insight into the Staples High School graduate and former Cardinal baseball player that should get you even more excited for a great Twins season. Q: Another opening day has come and gone. What are those days like? Are they still as exciting after all of these years?
The entire cast returns for an encore performance. All six Brainerd Warriors who played in last year's Section 8-3A meet return this season. This group placed fourth last season behind Bemidji, Alexandria and Buffalo. The goal this year is to leapfrog those three teams and return to the state meet for the first time since 1999. Warriors head coach Todd Person believes the skill set and experience are there to accomplish the goal.
As quickly as she races down the track, Brenna Deason is building a reputation of athletic excellence. The eighth grader is coming off a gymnastics season when she won the Section 8-2A beam title and advanced to the Class 2A State Individual meet in the all-around. In her first two varsity track and field meets this spring, she tied and broke a Brainerd Warriors school record.
For 23 years, Chris Foley has made golf's version of a pilgrimage to Augusta National for The Masters. The PGA golf professional, located at Cragun's Legacy Courses, spends a good amount of time interacting with the professionals he knows, but more so with his fellow golf teachers. Foley and his wife, Amy, have passed on the golf passion to their sons Michael, who is now a golf professional himself, and Joe, who is playing golf at Gustavus, and to their daughter Kaite, a freshman playing on the Warriors girls golf team.
Gavin Metz already owns a prolific high school golf career and he's got one year to add to his resume. The senior for the Brainerd Warriors is a three-time Class 3A State Tournament participant as he tied for 39th last year, tied for seventh as a sophomore and placed 77th as a freshman. This season, Metz returns to his co-captainship and will be the No. 1 golfer for the Warriors after the graduation of two-time state tournament participant Jack Evans.
Christian Laettner and his four pillars of a good young basketball player are returning to Pillager High School this summer. The Christian Laettner Basketball Academy is scheduled June 24-26 in Pillager. Boys and girls in grades 4-8 will participate from 9 a.m. to noon, while players in grades 9-12 will run from 1-4 p.m.
Meyer "Whitey" Skoog is considered to be the first player in the Midwest to shoot a jump shot. It apparently happened his senior year at Brainerd High School in 1944 and ever since it's been almost as big of a story as Paul Bunyan. That story might be told more frequently in the coming days as Skoog died Thursday, April 4, in St. Peter. He was 92.
There's a natural spring in Connor Powers' step. At least that's how Rod Reuer, Brainerd Warriors boys track and field coach, described his most prolific jumper. And watching the junior on the basketball court rise for rebounds, soar for a jump shot or attempt to throw down a dunk, it's easy to see Reuer's description is accurate. But while Powers' jumping ability helped the Warriors basketball team to a successful season, the returning Class 2A State high jumper is looking for bigger things this spring.
Rick Aulie might be the poster child for multi-sport athletes. The Pine River-Backus Elementary School principal is preparing to run the Boston Marathon next week after breaking a world record for the fastest golf hole completed. The multi-talented husband and father of four takes a break from his training and music career to talk about the marathon, boxing, golf, basketball and anything else he wants to do. ***Q: The Boston Marathon is fast approaching April 15. What are your expectations for that event?