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Borleis chosen Patriots' MVP

Sophomore CJ Borleis was chosen most valuable player at the Pequot Lakes boys’ basketball team banquet on Tuesday, April 1.

Borleis, who was an All-Mid-State Conference selection, helped the Patriots compile a 10-17 record this season.

Other awards included: sophomore Hunter Larson, most improved player; senior John Craig, defensive player of the year; senior Brett Peterson, Patriot Award; and junior Austin Anderson, Mr. Hustle Award. Senior captains this year were Craig, Peterson and Travis Jacobson.

“We had a lot of ups and downs in my first year as head coach,” said Ben Starns, who replaced Garry Grewe as head coach. “Sometimes you can’t judge success by wins and losses. The guys worked hard, and we have some good, young players coming back.”

Freshman coach Bret Sergent’s squad finished 13-7 overall. “The guys played their hearts out every night, and we improved a bunch,” Sergent said.

Junior varsity coach Alex Kunesh’s squad was 14-12 overall.

“We showed a lot of progress,” he said. “Gage Westlund was our leading scorer most nights, but we do have some talented guys coming up to fill the five spots of our graduating seniors.”