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The Major League Baseball All-Star Game rosters were selected over the weekend. That's usually something I enjoy, even though my beloved Twins rarely have more than one athlete truly deserving of a spot on the American League team. Sure, Torii Hunter and Johan Santana would be a virtual lock for a roster spot in their heyday, as would Joe Nathan and a younger Joe Mauer. In recent years, however, it seems one random Twin would be just good enough to slip into consideration.
Reid Pierzinski finished his high school track career on the highest of notes, and now he is looking to start a whole new chapter. The recent Pequot Lakes graduate managed to finish first in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and 200-meter dash, as well as seventh in the triple jump, accruing enough points to win the state team title all by himself at the Class A meet on Saturday, June 9.
They barely secured a quorum, but Pequot Lakes School Board members approved 11 items. With just four of the seven board members present Monday, June 25, the board approved its budget for the 2018-19 school year. The approved budget sees the district operating with $21,735,721, but working with a deficit of nearly $208,000.
With an increase to the wild turkey population in the area, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources hosted an open house at the Crosslake Community Center on Tuesday, June 19, seeking input on opening the Crosslake Game Refuge to archery turkey hunting in both the spring and fall seasons. Although only seven landowners attended the open house - with four of them in support of the expanded use - the DNR has received 75 responses to the idea via email, with nearly 50 of them in support.
Seven Backus-area students recently qualified for national competition. Three high-schoolers - Katie Hanneken, Cora Borman and Clayton Borman - will take part in the National High School Rodeo Association July 12-21 in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Four area junior high athletes - Garrett Carlson, Owen Carlson, Caden Borman and Jared Hamilton - are currently in Huron, South Dakota, taking part in the National Junior High Meet. The event runs through Saturday, June 30.
Pequot Lakes catcher Karlie Trottier was one of 22 softball players selected to take part in the Senior All-Star Series at Caswell Park in Mankato on Sunday, June 10. Trottier played in a doubleheader against fellow all-stars from across the state. "It was so much fun," Trottier said. "It was pretty laid back, because it was the day after the state tournament for a lot of girls. We just wanted to have fun in our last softball game. It was a huge confidence booster knowing I could go down there and catch for these really good pitchers - and hit against them too."
Five Patriot athletes earned "Most Valuable" awards at the track and field teams' year-end banquet on Monday, June 11. The banquet took place two days after the girls team finished third at the state tournament and Reid Pierzinski won the boys team title single-handedly. "What happened down at the state track meet this year has only happened twice (before)," boys coach Dave Guenther said. "This is the first time in history a male athlete has done it ... It couldn't have happened to a nicer person."
Teachers are often said to get more from students by establishing an understanding and personal relationship with each individual student. This past year, some teachers used new techniques in that regard via the SEED Program. The SEED Program - which stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity - is a national program in operation for more than 30 years that teaches and encourages educators to recognize and celebrate diversity in a student body.
Patriot runners finished first in six events in the preliminary round of the State Class A track and field meet on Friday, June 8. Photos can be found here: " target="_blank">pineandlakes.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=2203509&CategoryID=83981&ListSubAlbums=0
Senior infielder Bre Sewall was named most valuable player for the Pequot Lakes Patriots at the team's year-end banquet on Thursday, June 7. "She did a little bit of everything for us," coach Bret Sergent said. "Her batting average probably wasn't what she wanted it to be, but the hits she had were big hits. She had some key extra-base hits for us, especially in sections ... Because she did so much for us, overwhelmingly her teammates voted her MVP."