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Many former Pequot Lakes High School students are continuing their athletic careers this winter. Following are updates on a few of their athletic accomplishments:

Clayton Foster at nationals

University of Minnesota-Moorhead senior Clayton Foster, a 2010 Pequot Lakes graduate, finished ninth in the men’s mile at the NCAA Division II indoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday, March 9, at Birmingham, Ala.

Foster came to nationals seeded 13th, but qualified for the finals in the mile with an admirable time of 4:12.71, which was the fifth-fastest time in the preliminaries. But he became ill just before the finals, and he finished ninth in 4:34.62.

Foster also competed in the men’s 800-meter run. He didn’t make the finals as he finished 17th in 1:58.01 in the preliminaries.

Chambers, Bergquist in playoffs

Former Northern Lakes Lightning defenseman Connor Chambers and goaltender Joey Bergquist completed their hockey season last weekend for the Dallas Stars, a Tier 1 elite 18-under hockey team.

The Stars’ season ended on Sunday, March 10, when they lost to the Colorado Thunderbirds 2-1 in the Rocky Mountain District regional championship game in Provo, Utah. The Thunderbirds advance to the national tournament in Pittsburgh while Chambers and Bergquist are returning home to Minnesota.

Chambers finished the playoffs with three goals and two assists while Bergquist was the winning goaltender in a 10-2 victory in the first pool play game. Bergquist also started the third game, but was forced to the sideline with a knee injury and finished the tournament with a 2.07 goals-against average.

During the regular season, Chambers led the Stars’ defensemen in scoring with four goals and 25 points in 40 games. Bergquist compiled a 7-9-2 record with a 2.88 goals-against average and two shutouts in 18 games.

Mattie Lueck honored by MIAC

College of St. Benedict freshman Mattie Lueck, a Pequot Lakes graduate, was chosen to one of five Minnesota Intercollegiate Conference players on the All-First-Year women’s basketball team.

Lueck, a 6-foot forward, was one of four Blazers to be honored by the MIAC. She played in all 27 of the team’s games this season, and started 16 games, including the final 10. She scored in double figures five times, including a career-high 14 points in the season opener.

Lueck tied for the team lead with 28 blocks, was fourth in rebounding average at 3.1, and was fifth in team scoring at 5.1 points. The 2012 Pequot Lakes graduate was a three-time All-Mid-State Conference player in high school.

Lueck’s sister, Emily, played in 26 games for St. Benedict this season. The 5-foot-9 wing averaged 3.8 points, 1.2 rebounds and had 17 steals.

The Blazers finished 20-7 overall after losing to Concordia of St. Paul 64-48 in the MIAC semifinals on Feb. 21.