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's No. 1 ranked vs. unranked. It's perennial state participant vs. first-time state semifinalist. But at this point it's anyone's guess how the top-ranked St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders and Pequot Lakes Patriots match up on the field. Fans will find out 4:30 p.m. Saturday in the Class 3A state semifinals at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Three of the eight teams in the Class 3A state tournament faced each other before the season even began. Two of those teams will square off in the state quarterfinal as the Pequot Lakes Patriots face the Mora Mustangs 3 p.m. Saturday at Alexandria High School. Both teams started the 2017 campaign with a scrimmage at Pierz. The Pioneers will face Proctor on the other side of the 3A bracket.
FARGO—Maxx Schindel is the punter for the Pequot Lakes Patriots, but few would know that after Thursday's Section 8-3A final at the Fargodome. The senior never punted. He never had to as he helped Pequot's offense score on all but one of its possessions. The No. 2-seeded Patriots upset No. 1 Perham 56-22 to advance to its first state tournament since 2009 and second trip in program history. "Nobody knows I can punt," Schindel said. "I'm kind of sad because it would have been cool to punt inside here.
No. 1 Pierz (9-0) vs. No. 3 New London-Spicer (7-3) No. 1 Perham (7-2) vs. No. 2 Pequot Lakes (7-2) No. 1 Pillager (8-2) vs. No. 2 West Central (6-4) No. 1 Verndale (10-0) vs. No. 2 Brandon-Evansville (9-1)
A month ago, a 75-year-old man named Ron Sanders had the area golf scene abuzz. Now, a month later, he's hoping to turn wishful thinking into the first step of his five-step process of bringing the Web.com Tour to the Brainerd lakes area. The Web.com Tour is the PGA's developmental tour in which future PGA players cut their teeth to earn a spot on the PGA Tour. The more important question is: Who is Ron Sanders and why does he think he can create this opportunity?
EAST GULL LAKE—The autumn foliage will be close to peak. Frosty morning delays will soon transition to snow-covered fairways. It's fitting Madden's on Gull Lake hosts a 20-year celebration Sunday for The Classic at Madden's in October. Masses of tourists are trickling to lesser numbers. Older residents are preparing their migration south. And while it sits visible along a short stretch of County Highway 77 in East Gull Lake, few realize how regarded The Classic at Madden's is on a national scale.
Friday's Midwest Red Subdistrict game between host Pequot Lakes and Class 3A's seventh-ranked Perham Yellowjackets was officially called at 11:02 p.m. Friday because of lightning. The game will restart at 6 p.m. Monday with Perham in possession of the ball with a fourth down and 2 at the Perham 34. It will be the start of the fourth quarter. The game was postponed because of lighting around 9:30 p.m. and the skies continued to light up until the head official deemed it too unsafe for the players to come back onto a wet field after such a long delay.
As of Wednesday, "TBD" in large, bold letters remained behind football on Staples-Motley's page on the Minnesota State High School League website. It can return to its original posting of Travis VanOverbeke since the Cardinals' former head football coach is returning following a 4-2 vote to hire him for his former position at Monday's school board meeting. VanOverbeke's contract was not renewed following a 3-3 school board vote April 17. All ties become a no vote.
Vanessa Lane's high school basketball coach may have described her best. "She would run through a wall if you asked her to." Those were the words of now retired Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale when talking about Lane's mentality on a basketball court. Now a college track and field athlete at South Dakota State University, Lane does everything except run through walls.
Cracks in the foundation of the Staples-Motley Cardinals' football program surfaced April 17. At a regular school board meeting, head football coach Travis VanOverbeke's contract renewal was separated from the rest of the fall coaches list. Despite a recommendation from S-M superintendent Mary Klamm to renew VanOverbeke's contract, the board's vote ended in a 3-3 tie—meaning the motion did not pass and VanOverbeke's coaching contract was not renewed. The vote did not affect VanOverbeke's positions as activities director or physical education teacher in the district.