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Bailey Wynn had 33 kills, 17 digs and eight ace serves as the Pine River-Backus Tigers swept all opponents and brought home the championship at the 33rd annual Barb Neprud Tournament in Crosby-Ironton on Saturday, Sept. 15.
In its Tuesday, Sept. 4, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council approved its preliminary 2019 general revenue tax levy of $2,042,201 - an increase of roughly 4 percent from the previous year. The council will approve its final 2019 levy during its Monday, Dec. 3, meeting. The council will not be able to exceed the amount of the preliminary levy set, but can decrease it if desired. In other action Sept. 4, the council:
After devoting decades to the hobby, local snowmobile enthusiast Dave Guenther was recently announced as a member of the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame class of 2018. The former Pequot Lakes art teacher and current Patriots track coach has been a member of the hall of fame's board of directors for roughly 12 years, and will now enter the hall in its "volunteer" category.
The Crosslake City Council unanimously approved its preliminary 2018 general revenue tax levy, collectible in 2019. Approved Monday, Sept. 10, was a levy of $3,950,587, projecting a tax rate of 30.36 percent. The council can decrease that amount when approving its final levy in December, but it cannot exceed that amount.
Megan Muller went 2-0 at No. 1 singles as the Patriots swept the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder and the Sauk Centre Mainstreeters 7-0 at the LP-GE Triangular on Monday, Sept. 10. Also going 2-0 for the Patriots were Madeline Pluimer at No. 3 singles and Riley Fogarty-Madelyn Lungren at No. 3 doubles, marking the first two wins of Lungren's varsity career. "We mixed our lineup around a little, which made it fun for the girls," coach Monica Sergent said. "Due to season match limits, I had some players sit out matches." Pequot Lakes 7, LP-GE 0
Both the Patriot girls and boys cross country teams earned individual first-place finishes and team first-place finishes at the Patriots' invitational Thursday, Sept. 6. Seventh-grader Calia Chaney earned the top spot in the girls' race - just her second career varsity race - finishing in 21 minutes, 20 seconds.
Despite being down for most of the first half, the Pequot Lakes football team persevered thanks to stifling defense and several takeaways to beat the Fergus Falls Otters 27-14 on Friday, Sept. 7. "We did great," senior Dylin Ackerman said. "We were down 14-0, but we knew we couldn't give up. They are a great team, but we came out after halftime and had the intensity from all of the interceptions."
Pequot Lakes graduate Maggie Heggerston has found success as a member of the University of Minnesota women's golf team over the past three seasons. In her final year of college golf, she will do so as the Gophers' team captain. Captains are chosen by a team vote among players and coaches. Heggerston was the unanimous choice.
A dominant first half led to the Pequot Lakes Patriot football team coasting to a 50-26 victory in its season-opening game on Thursday, Aug. 30. "With both teams playing their first game, there were going to be some mistakes, and we made mistakes," head coach Bill Magnuson said. "We also did a lot of positive things. I really think Cale Wolf played a really good game. His reads and his throws were really good. Dylin Ackerman had a phenomenal first quarter ... Defensively, we did some good things. They scored a few touchdowns on our No. 2's, but our first defense did pretty well."
Megan Muller of Pequot Lakes went 2-0 at No.1 singles to help the Patriots to a 7-0 win over Roseau and a 6-1 win over East Grand Forks Thursday, Aug. 30. Muller is now 13-1 overall.