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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- 7 years 5 months
May 28 is the unofficial start of golf at Grand View Lodge in Nisswa. It's not when The Pines or The Preserve golf courses will open, but it is the date for the annual Fred-Mark golf tournament. This year's event will have special meaning as the Fred in the name's equation—Fred Boos—passed away at his home April 13. Along with heavy emotions, this year's event could also have a new name.
A half-century of stories, traditions and connections can be felt walking the fairways of Whitefish Golf Club. If, and when, this year's golf season approaches, the 18-hole golf course and its golfing community will celebrate 50 years of creating memories on lush fairways and greens surrounded by mature, established trees. If those trees could talk, they would start in 1968 when a group of people created the Ideal Development Co. and designed a nine-hole track with one green—the ninth—in the shape of the state of Minnesota.
Six underclassmen landed spots on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area team's honorable mention list, including four sophomores. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected for the team by the Dispatch Sports Staff. Hunter Moe, Aitkin Senior, forward The All-Mid-State Conference player finished with 293 points (12.2 points per game), 123 rebonds (5.1), 65 assists (2.7) and 29 steals. He shot 45.9 percent (79-172) from the field, 33.3 percent (36-108) from 3-point and 67.5 percent (27-40) from the line.
Eleven different schools were represented on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Boys Basketball team. Brainerd secured two spots and was the only team with multiple players. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and selected by the Dispatch Sports Staff. DJ Haasken, Aitkin Senior, guard
Olivia Lane has been a fixture of Brainerd lakes area basketball for four seasons now. She's verbally committed to play Division I women's basketball at the University of North Dakota when she graduates from high school next year. She's a state champion track and field athlete. She's helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots advance to the state basketball tournament and she's surpassed 1,000 career points. Despite being a junior, Lane's resume is already prolific, but she has so much more she wants to accomplish.
Five area teams have the distinction of landing two players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Girls Basketball Team. Mid-State Conference teams Aitkin, Crosby-Ironton and Pequot Lakes all scored two spots, including conference MVP and Dispatch Player of the Year Olivia Lane. Pine River-Backus and Brainerd also rostered two players on this year's team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch Sports Staff. All-area team Maggi Fellerman, Aitkin Senior, forward/center
PEQUOT LAKES—Defense turned offense was the magic formula for the Pequot Lakes Patriots Tuesday. The No. 2 seed of the South Subsection 7-2A bracket forced No. 7 Aitkin into 10 first-half turnovers and opened up a 35-21 halftime lead. The Patriots' defense never let up leading to a 70-41 victory in the opening round of the playoffs. Pequot scored seven points off of those early turnovers and held the Gobblers to just 35-percent shooting in the opening half.
Karli Skog Year: Senior School: Pequot Lakes Sport: Basketball Position: Guard Highlights: Finished with 39 points in two victories last week Karli Skog won over her first-year head coach from the start. The four-year varsity veteran for the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team welcomed Katrina Moody with open arms. The ability to get on the same page so soon has Pequot primed for a long postseason run.
Gabby Rainwater's goal this season was to improve at everything she's not good at. Seems like a tall order until you hear all the things the Pine River-Backus Tigers girls basketball player is good at. First off, she's a rebounding machine. Despite being just 5-foot-8, Rainwater was third in the area last year with 9.6 rebounds per game. The rarest part of that was she had more offensive rebounds—150—than defensive rebounds—120.
MINNEAPOLIS—All eyes will be on the quarterback play when Super Bowl LII kicks off 5:30 p.m. Sunday at U.S. Bank Stadium. While most will be entrenched in watching five-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady of the New England Patriots and backup-turned-starter Nick Foles of the Philadelphia Eagles and even Philly starter-turned-injured bystander Carson Wentz, one man in the stands will keep an eye on the men in front of the QB.