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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The list of accolades off the court continues to grow for Shyanne Loiland. Loiland was named one of 32 candidates for the Miss Basketball award presented to the top senior female basketball player in Minnesota. She was selected to represent Minnesota in the Border Battle—an all-star game between northeastern Minnesota players and north central Wisconsin players.
The state jazz finals continue to elude the Brainerd Warriors. Brainerd finished seventh out of 12 teams, but only the top six advance into the finals after the Class 3A state qualifying round Friday, Feb. 15 at Target Center in Minneapolis. "We probably had the best performance of the year," Warrior head coach Cindy Clough said. "We're happy about that. It's kind of an emotional rollercoaster for the kids because you never know where you're going to place. We thought we were going to be up there, but we weren't. Now we'll go back at it (Saturday)."
No. 2 is on the goal sheet for the Brainerd Warriors. In the program's storied history, Brainerd's jazz team has only advanced to the Class 3A State final cut once. The goal is to turn that to two at 2:12 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, as Brainerd is scheduled to hit the Target Center floor in the opening round of Class 3A meet. Brainerd will be the second Class 3A school to perform as they'll follow Eastview on the docket.
BIWABIK—It was a mixed bag of emotions for all the right reasons Thursday, Feb. 14. For Brainerd senior Evan Storbakken, who landed the best performance of the state meet at Giants Ridge, it was bittersweet. For the Brainerd girls team, which finished 13th, it was a great and motivating experience.
If you mistakenly forgot about Wyatt Andres, he made sure you quickly remembered. After missing more than a month of the season with an injury, the senior right wing for the Brainerd Warriors boys hockey team scored three goals in a 5-2 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Alexandria Cardinals Feb. 5. The victory avenged a 4-1 loss to the Cardinals Dec. 20 and catapulted the Warriors to the top of the conference standings at the time.
Grace Erholtz is no stranger to state meet stress. For the third time in her career, Erholtz will be competing at the state meet 10 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 14, at Giants Ridge in Biwabik. This time is different, though. This time she's not alone.
Alpine skiing Warrior boys' highlight: Cal Madison finishes 49th, Brandon Neifert 76th at state Warrior girls' highlight: Emma Hiebert 27th, Erin Hoelzel 41st, Maddie Kalenberg 58th BIWABIK—The Brainerd Warrior boys and girls skiers all considered Wednesday's state meet, Feb. 13, at Giants Ridge to be a valuable learning experience that will benefit all five qualifiers in the future.
Brandon Niefert will finally get to compete at state. This is the second-straight season Niefert has qualified for the final event of the Minnesota State High School League season. However, last season, the Brainerd Warriors' sophomore missed competing because of an injury. Now he's one of five Warrior qualifiers who will be competing Wednesday, Feb. 13, at Giants Ridge Resort in Biwabik.
Denny Busbey was one of the few lucky ones. On senior night Monday, Feb. 11, at Brainerd High School, Busbey was one of the few seniors who got to wrestle. Busbey scored a 7-2 victory over Luke Hemmesch to give Brainerd a 12-9 edge and the Warriors cruised to a 48-21 Central Lakes Conference victory over the Rocori Spartans.
Cindy Clough transformed her passion for dance into a business empire and one of the most respected athletic programs in Minnesota. For 43 seasons Clough has coached the Brainerd Warriors dance team, also known as the Kixters. Through Just for Kix, Clough spread her knowledge and love of dance to countless area youths. But that all started with her position as head coach of the dance team.