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Cross country: PR-B boys rebuild, girls have experience

The 2018 Pine River-Backus cross country team. Front row, from left: Coach John Riewer, Emma Templeton, Bella Netland, Sidney Lodge, Lauren Penkhus, Anna Sechser, Mara Adams and Coach Gregg Ehlert. Back row: Jordan Tisdell, Andrew Hoplin, Andrew Bueckers, Cody Deplazes, Keenan Dahl, Caleb Travis, Louis Bueckers, Marcus Lukanen, Tyler Peterson and Jacob Schnoor. Dan Determan / Echo Journal

Returning letterwinners for the Pine River-Backus Tigers boys' cross country team are Marcus Lukanen, Tyler Peterson, Caleb Travis, Louis Bueckers, Austin Beavers, Kade Schneider and Keenan Dahl.

"We have a lot of younger runners so we're looking to rebuild and have fun," said Gregg Ehlert, who is starting his 19th season as boys' coach.

Others that will contribute are Andrew Hoplin, Tyler Gravelle, Jacob Schnoor, Jordan Tisdale, Andrew Bueckers, Nathan Nations and Cody Deplazes.

Last year, the Tigers finished 15th overall in the boys race at the Section 8A meet last fall. The top PR-B finishers were Nick Ackerman, 51st, and Luke Sechser, 66th.

PR-B girls

Last season, the PR-B girls were 16th overall at the section meet as junior Sidney Lodge was 70th. Other returning letterwinners for the Tigers are senior Emma Templeton, freshmen Anna Sechser and Mara Adams, and eighth-grader Joseline Sexton.

Non-letterwinners are sophomore Grace Crimmons and freshman Lauren Penkhus. Isabella Netland is team manager.

The PR-B boys and girls compete in the Park Region Conference.

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CROSS COUNTRY

September

4 - Pine River-Backus at Wadena-DC Invite, 4 p.m.

6 - Pine River-Backus at Pequot Lakes Invite (Crosslake), 4 p.m.

18 - Pine River-Backus at Bagley Invite, 4:30 p.m.

20 - Pine River-Backus at Pillager Invite, 4 p.m.

24 - Pine River-Backus at New York Mills, 4:30 p.m.

25 - Pine River-Backus at Deer River Invite, 4 p.m.

October

4 - Pine River-Backus at Crosby-Ironton Invite (Ruttgers), 3:20 p.m.

9 - Pine River-Backus at Henning Invite, 4 p.m.

16 - Pine River-Backus at Park Region Conference (Wadena), 4 p.m.

26 - Pine River-Backus at Section 8A (Bagley), 4 p.m.

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