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Grewe resigns at boys' basketball coach at PL

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Garry Grewe has resigned as boys’ basketball coach at Pequot Lakes High School after 11 seasons as head coach. Grewe took over the program in 2002-03 after serving as the head coach at Park Rapids and Bemidji for seven years each.

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He has 359 combined career victories at the three schools. He also earned Section 7AA Coach of the Year honors three times and was voted Mid-State Conference coach of the year twice.

Grewe’s career at Pequot Lakes was highlighted by a state tournament appearance in 2003-04 with a team that finished 15-13 overall after losing in the first round at state. That squad was the first boys’ basketball team in school history to qualify for state. The Patriots again qualified for state in 2006-07, and was the first Pequot Lakes boys’ team to finish with an undefeated regular season record. The Patriots finished 28-1 overall after suffering their only loss at state. The team returned to state a year later and was 29-3 overall and finishing third at state.

The Patriots earned Mid State titles under Grewe in 2006-07 and 2010-11. He had four seasons with more than 20 wins, and coached five 1,000-point scorers during his time at Pequot Lakes - Luke Schramm (a 2003 graduate), Jesse Fischer and Tucker Sheley (2007), Michael Ward (2010) and Kurtis Moody (2011).

“I feel it is time to move on into the next chapter of my life, the next goals I hope to achieve, and to spend more time with my own kids,” said Grewe, who plans to continue as a sixth-grade teacher at Pequot Lakes Middle School. “My wife (Tina) and I have many fond memories of Pequot Lakes’ basketball and wish the players and program continued success in the future. I would like to thank the administration, players, parents and coaches I have been fortunate to work with.”

Marc Helmrichs, Pequot Lakes’ activities director, reflected on Grewe’s tenure.

“Coach Grewe has been successful not only in developing a quality basketball program but in developing quality young people,” Helmrichs said. “He exhibits a high level of professionalism, and has always represented the team, school and community in a positive fashion. He is well respected by his coaching peers and has been a mentor to numerous young coaches. I would like to thank Coach Grewe and his wife, Tina, for the dedication to the student-athletes involved in the basketball program.”

Curt Johnson, Pequot Lakes’ school board member, also thanked Grewe.

“On behalf of the school board, community and school district I would like to thank Coach Grewe and his family for their commitment and contributions to the Patriot basketball program over the last 11 years,” he said. “During his tenure the basketball program rose to a level that is recognizable statewide.”

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