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Nathan Traut picked up two touchdowns as a solid rushing attack and stifling defense gave the Pequot Lakes Patriot football team a 34-0 victory over Mora in the state quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 11. "We played really good defensively," senior fullback Calvin Maske said. "We got our offense rolling eventually, but overall I think we were pretty good." After the teams exchanged scoreless drives, the Patriots got on the board in the final minute of the first quarter on a 23-yard rushing touchdown by Nathan Traut.
The Pine River-Backus Tiger girls volleyball team dropped the first game of the state tournament, falling to the Bethlehem Academy Cardinal 3-1 in the quarterfinals at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Thursday, Nov. 9.
The Pequot Lakes School Board used its scheduled work session Monday, Nov. 6, to discuss the district's financial planning and 2018 levy. The board approved a preliminary levy in September, setting a maximum local option revenue of $424 per pupil. The district currently operates with an LOR of $325 per pupil. When the board approves its final levy at its December meeting, it cannot exceed the $424 per pupil total. It can, however, reduce the local option revenue if the board deems it necessary.
During the 2016 firearm deer hunting season, nearly 11,000 deer were harvested in the lakes area - an increase of 24 percent over the previous year. The Department of Natural Resources expects hunting to only get better in 2017.
Running back Nathan Traut scored four touchdowns as the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team topped the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels 34-0 in the section semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 28. "We had a lot of time to prepare for this game, and I felt like we got the job done," Traut said. "Our goal was to stop their offense, and we did that ... They have been beating us in the section playoffs every, so beating them feels amazing."
Before our next issue is out, we will have experienced the greatest holiday oddity on the calendar. In my humble opinion, Halloween is so, so weird when you stop and think about it. Most holidays celebrate a religious event or milestone. Valentine's Day (while also religious) is a celebration of love. Independence Day is a celebration of our nation's founding. Halloween is ... a celebration, for lack of a better word ... of monsters, superheroes and Elsa from "Frozen," maybe? I can't say I know for sure.
Pequot Lakes graduates Ollie Erholtz and Connor Davich have been best friends since they were in third grade. The two grew up as neighbors and were teammates on the Patriot football team. Since graduating, they have continued as teammates of the Royals football team at Bethel University in St. Paul.
The Pine River-Backus Tiger football team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday, Oct 24, in a 49-18 loss to the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves in the first round of the Section 6-1A tournament. The Tigers led 6-3 early in the second quarter thanks to a 17-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Wolske to Jake Poehler, but the Wolves scored next 46 points to secure the victory. The Tigers final two touchdowns of the game midway through the second quarter on runs from Wolske and Poehler. Wolske rushed 17 times for 158 yards in the game.
The Pine River-Backus Tiger volleyball team finished its regular season on Tuesday, Oct. 17, with 3-0 victory over the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves. "Tonight against Walker was the best we have played all year as a team, so we hope to build on that heading into the playoffs," coach Josh Hirschey said. "Our group has been lucky enough to get some feedback from some pretty high level coaches in the last week here. It has been made pretty clear what needs to happen for us to make a run in the playoffs, and these girls have been more than receptive."
Four Patriot tennis players were eliminated in section matches Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Virginia. "Although all of the Pequot Lakes players lost in the first round, the girls played very well," coach Monica Sergent said. "The competition at this level in Section 7 is very tough. " Courtney Boller was defeated by Mary Skarich of Virginia 3-6, 4-6, ending her season at 27-5 overall. Elli Saxerud fell to Whitney Graysmark of Duluth-Marshall 4-6, 2-6 and finished with a 27-6 record.