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Pete's Point: Sports updates for area graduates

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We’ve updated more than a dozen Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus high school graduates who have furthered their athletic careers in college basketball or junior hockey. Following is an update on their seasons, most of which have recently ended:

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Mattie and Emily Lueck, Pequot Lakes graduates and members of the College of St. Benedict women’s basketball team. The Blazers finished 9-13 in the MIAC and 12-13 overall. Mattie was second in team scoring with an 11.2 average and second in rebounds at 5.0. The sophomore forward added 35 steals and 24 blocks. Emily, a junior wing, averaged 6.1 points and 1.7 rebounds off the bench. She also had 22 assists and a team-leading 3-point shooting at 42.4 percent while finishing second with 25 total 3-point baskets.

Tatum Sheley, Pine River-Backus graduate and member of the Bemidji State University women’s basketball team. The freshman guard played in 27 games, including 14 starts, for the Beavers. She averaged 5.4 points and 2.9 rebounds while added 31 assists. She was also second on the team with 18 3-point baskets. The Beavers, who lost to Wayne State in the first round of the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference tournament, finished 5-17 in the NSIC and 9-18 overall.

Autumn Ackerman, also a 2013 PR-B graduate, finished her freshman season with the University of Wisconsin-Superior women’s basketball team. The forward came off the bench in 20 games and averaged 1.3 points and 1.4 rebounds. UW-Superior won its first two playoffs before losing to UW-Oskosh 75-69 on March 1. The team finished 7-9 in the Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference and 14-11 overall.

Kylie Beltz, a 2011 Pequot Lakes graduate, led Curry College of Massachusetts in scoring this season with a 15.4-point average while starting all 26 games. The junior guard also averaged 5.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and had 57 steals. Curry finished 9-9 in Commonwealth Coast Conference games and 13-13 overall. The team lost to Salve Regina in the conference quarterfinals despite a team-high 17 points from Beltz.

Jessica Kreitz, a 2013 Pequot Lakes graduate, was a freshman forward for the University of Wisconsin-Stout women’s basketball team. Kreitz averaged 1.1 points and 1.6 rebounds in 21 games off the bench. UW-Stout finished 11-15 overall.

Tomas Parker, a Pequot Lakes graduate, was a 6-foot-8 junior center/forward who played in 27 games for the University of Minnesota-Crookston men’s basketball team this season. Parker averaged 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds for the Golden Eagles, who finished 4-23 overall after losing in the first round of the NSIC tournament.

Kurtis Moody, Pequot Lakes graduate, finished as the second-leading rebounder with a 5.4 average and third-highest scorer at 9.4 points for the University of Wisconsin-Eau Clarie men’s basketball team. The sophomore forward played in all 25 games for the Blugolds, 10-15 overall.

Joey Bergquist, Pequot Lakes’ graduate who played goaltender this winter for the Breezy Point North Stars Tier III junior hockey team, finished the regular season Sunday, March 8. Bergquist compiled a 5.62 goals-against average in 33 games. The North Stars compiled an 8-40-2 record.

Keegan Couture, Pequot Lakes graduate, played for the Bozeman (Mont.) Icedogs junior hockey team, which also finished its regular season March 8. Couture finished with 17 goals and 35 points in 48 games. Bozeman finished 5-43-1 overall.

Connor Chambers, Pequot Lakes graduate, is still playing with the junior hockey team in Odessa, Texas. The Jackalopes’ season runs through March, but Chambers has one goal and 12 points in 39 games for Odessa, which is currently in seventh place in the South Division of the NAHL with a 14-35-5 record.

Emily Erickson, a Pequot Lakes graduate, recently completed her freshman season as a forward with the Union College Division I women’s hockey team. Erickson didn’t have any points, but did total 10 shots on goal this season in 29 games on the fourth line. Union College lost 12 of its final 13 games and finished 9-24-1.

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