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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Jeff Simondet was shocked to hear Scott Hoffmann was retiring. As Hoffmann's former assistant, Simondet figured Hoffmann would never retire and believes the man who devoted 44 years to the golf courses and grounds of Madden's Resort in East Gull Lake will have a hard time staying away. Still a small party is planned at Madden's Monday, Dec. 10, to celebrate Hoffmann's dedication. Simondet spent three years as an assistant superintendent at Madden's after doing both of his internships with Hoffmann. He's now the head superintendent at The Quarry at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.
At 5-foot-7, Bailey Wynn might have been one of the shortest middle hitters in the lakes area. The Pine River-Backus senior didn't let her lack of height deter her from making the largest impact on the volleyball court as Wynn led Class 1A's fifth-ranked Tigers to a game away from its second-straight state tournament appearance and a 28-3 record. An impressive vertical, five years of varsity experience and relentless attitude were all assets Wynn used to help PR-B go 72-24 in its last three seasons and helped her earn the Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Player of the Year honor.
With the most wins in program history, the Brainerd Warriors landed three players on this year's Brainerd Dispatch All-Area Volleyball Team. Pine River-Backus finished one win away from its second state tournament appearance and landed two players on this year's team including the area's player of the year Bailey Wynn. Pequot Lakes, Verndale and Wadena-Deer Creek also landed two players each on this year's team. Players for the all-area team are nominated by their coaches and then selected by the Dispatch Sports Department. Avery Eckman, Brainerd
ST. CLOUD—New London-Spicer had the size, but Pierz had everything else. The top-seeded and top-ranked Pioneers withstood a flurry of body blows to start the Section 6-3A final Friday, Nov. 2, at St. Cloud State University to eventually knock out the No. 2 seeded and seventh-ranked Wildcats 44-6.
State meet What: Class 1A state cross-country meet When: Class 1A boys 1 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 3; Class 1A girls 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3 Where: St. Olaf College, Northfield Teams: Staples-Motley Cardinals boys and girls Individuals: Eight lakes area individuals will compete Bruce Fuhrman gambled and it should pay off for the Staples-Motley Cardinals.
There is just one black mark on the Underwood Rockets' football season. And that was put there by top-seeded and No. 3 ranked Verndale, which will look to add another as well as finish the Rockets' season 12:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, at the Fargodome in the Section 4, Nine-Man final.
The spring of 2015 was a good time to be a Riewer. The youngest of four siblings, Jordan Riewer, was leading the Minnesota State University Moorhead Dragons deep into the NCAA Division II men's basketball national playoffs. The family borrowed a friend's RV and road-tripped to Indiana to watch Jordan and the Dragons play in the school's only Elite 8 appearance. The five years Jordan played in Moorhead were some of the best times to be a Riewer and some of the closest, said Aaron Otteson, the eldest sibling of the group.
A simple text before the section tournament was the boost Courtney Boller needed. The Pequot Lakes junior singles player was playing in her second Section 7-2A singles tournament. This time she was a No. 2 seed with a realistic shot of doing damage. That despite being Pequot's No. 3 singles player all season. That didn't detour Boller from finishing second and advancing to her first state tournament.
LITTLE FALLS—A casual day trip for a hike at Charles A. Lindbergh State Park in Little Falls turned into a surprising gourmet adventure. Despite a loose itinerary, the day was executed in style thanks to a visit to A.T. The Black & White located on First Street in downtown Little Falls. On a normal trip to Flyer country, a sporting event or a Pine Grove Zoo visit would be on the docket, but a dining experience was the goal and that's what was accomplished in this 1931 building that started as a hamburger shop, according to the restaurant's website.
PEQUOT LAKES—There was no power shortage Thursday, Oct. 4, in the Pequot Lakes Gymnasium. Unfortunately for the Patriots, it was the visiting Brainerd Warriors that generated the most en route to a 3-0 non-conference victory to push the Warriors' overall record to 14-5, while dropping Pequot to 11-5. Yes, Avery Eckman and Courtney Russell got their kills as the two varsity veterans combined for 29, but Brainerd's middle attack with junior Delaney Schaeffer and sophomore Karli Anderson was equally effective.