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Patriots hire new boys' basketball coach

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Ben Starns was hired to be the new Pequot Lakes Patriots head boys’ basketball coach at the school board meeting on Monday, May 20, according to activities director Marc Helmrichs.

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Starns will replace long-time head coach Garry Grewe, who resigned at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Starns is currently teaching biology at Pequot Lakes High School. This past season he served as a volunteer assistant coach with the boys’ program.

Prior to teaching at Pequot Lakes, Starns taught in Alexandria and Buffalo where he served as the ninth-grade coach and assistant coach respectively in those boys programs.

Starns is a Starbuck native and was a basketball standout out at Minnewaska High School. He played one year of college basketball at the University of Minnesota-Morris before transferring to North Dakota State University where he graduated in 2001.

Starns lives in Baxter with his wife, Katie, and their three-year-old daughter, Cora.

Alex Kunesh will take on the assistant (junior varsity) duties as he replaces Brian Lempola. Bret Sergent will stay on as the Patriots’ ninth-grade coach.

“We are fortunate to have someone like Coach Starns join our athletic department and keep up the strong tradition of Pequot Lakes’ basketball,” Helmrichs said. “Ben comes from a basketball family, and I am confident that he will do a great job with Patriot basketball.”

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