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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Brainerd returns three state meet competitors and a host of other athletes who have state on the brain this spring. One state returner is senior hurdler Zach Henke, who placed sixth in the Class 2A state 300-meter hurdles with a time of 39.48. Henke posted the fastest 110 hurdles prelim time in the section meet last year, but fell to fifth in the finals and missed state by .10 seconds.
With 15 of the 18 spots returning, the Brainerd Warriors should have a field day this season. Brainerd returns 15 girls who competed in field events in last year's Section 8-2A and Central Lakes Conference meets last season. Graduation did claim state experience in Cami Harmer and Lilianna Charlier, but talent remains in the six field events for the Warriors.
Brian Voigt has expanded the community aspect of his baseball roster to include players from Michigan, South Dakota, Colorado, Nevada and even Puerto Rico. The majority of the Central Lakes College Raiders 25-man baseball roster comes from Minnesota players, however, and one with close ties is Pierz graduate Preston Rocheleau who is in his first year studying Criminal Justice. The one who is furthest from home is Austrailian Matthew Roberts. The two pitchers form a quality staff for the Raiders.
From being the head chef at Bar Harbor to opening his own location at the Local 218 in northeast Brainerd, PJ Severson knows about taking risks and seeing them pay off. Who better to ask then about preparing your next big game party. From what to make and what to stay away from and what to pack in the liquor cabinet, Severson dishes up the perfect big game meal. Q: For those wondering why a chef is the featured guest in this week's Q&A let's start with your athletic career at Brainerd High School. What sports did you play and what positions?
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With an electrifying style of play, the Brainerd Warriors entertained crowds and earned a 15-win season helping them land three players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team. Crosby-Ironton, Pequot Lakes Pierz and Pine River-Backus all secured two spots on the all-area team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch Sports Department. Joey Sauer, Brainerd Senior, forward
An order of pepperoni with extra cheese from Domino's Pizza created a memory of a lifetime for four Crosby residents. Following The Golden State Warriors' 117-107 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves Tuesday, March 19, at Target Center, Tom Mount, his cousin Mike VanHorn, and their sons, Jordan Mount and Hunter VanHorn, returned to their Minneapolis hotel room for dinner and sleep. But what happened next can only best be described by Tom Mount, a Crosby police officer.
Matt Allord does it for the smiles. He and his Brainerd Warriors teammates were all smiles last weekend as the Warriors' adapted floor hockey team won their third straight state title with three blowout victories. The North's top-seeded Warriors dominated Minneapolis South 17-2 Friday, March 15, in the state quarterfinals. Allord collected four assists in the win. Brainerd routed Dakota United 7-1 in the semifinal round Saturday, March 16, with Allord posting the game's first goal.
The Brainerd lakes area will not be represented at the Minnesota State High School League's state boys basketball tournament this week—by a team. There are, however, two teams lakes area fans can cheer for in Class 3A's No. 4-seeded Princeton Tigers and Class 4A's No. 3-seeded East Ridge Raptors. Princeton is coached by 2007 Brainerd High School graduate Brett Cloutier, leading the Tigers to their first state tournament appearance since 1932.
One thing that makes Scott Kimman a valuable prep basketball official is he can take a verbal beating. He does it every week as a contributor to a local sports podcast known as Rube Sports Radio. The 42-year-old Pierz High School and Central Lakes College graduate enjoys this time of year more than anything. The husband of Sara and father of Jessa, 14, and Josephine, 12; and stepfather of Spencer, 17, and Audrey, 14, broke away from the sports books to talk a little March Madness and basketball in general.