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At their next regular meeting, the Pequot Lakes School Board may consider sponsoring a new sport. The board used its work session Monday, Jan. 29, to look into the possibility of adding trap shooting as a school-sponsored sport for the 2018-19 school year. A club-sponsored Pequot Lakes trap shooting team has existed for several years - with the team dependent on fundraising and volunteerism - but a proposal to sponsor the team could see a budget of $8,000 coming from the school. Any funds required past that amount would have to be accrued in fundraisers.
Brady Raph hit six shots from behind the arc and scored a game-high 24 points as the Pine River-Backus Tiger boys' basketball team topped Swanville 73-51 in a Section 5-1A matchup Friday, Jan. 26. "That was our best game of the year," coach John Riewer said. "We just played extremely well on the road. It came at the right time. We needed a win, and we needed a win against a good opponent ... I just hope we can build on that." Torry Hirschey also hit double figures with 14 points, Nick Ackerman tallied 13, and Louis Bueckers hit for 12 as the Tigers improved to 8-9 overall.
Last summer, I celebrated my fifth anniversary of working at a Forum Communications newspaper. Reaching that milestone made me reflect on my time as a journalist, and I would say 80 percent of the job has been what I expected. The other 20 percent has taken me by surprise a bit. For one thing, I didn't think there would be a whole lot of math involved, and I was wrong.
The Northern Lakes girls hockey team overcame a 3-1 deficit to top Prairie Centre 4-3 in overtime on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the Breezy Point Arena. "It was pretty emotional," coach Breanna Sheley said. "It was not the start I wanted. I was expecting to come out and get a couple of quick ones on them. We have been clicking lately, so it was a little disappointing for me to start the way we did, but you have to give (Prairie Centre) credit, because they are really good around the net and made some good plays."
With more than five decades of coaching experience, Bud Bjornaraa has plenty of insight to offer athletes. This spring will mark his 57th year as a coach, and sixth with the Pequot Lakes track and field team on a volunteer basis as an assistant coach and strength and conditioning consultant. Bjornaraa's career as an instructor and coach spans several schools across Minnesota and Wisconsin, but nearly half of his 57 years were spent at Apple Valley High School where he was head coach of a track and field team that won 17 consecutive conference championships.
The Brainerd Jaycees were joined by the Crow Wing County Sheriff's Department on Hole in the Day Bay on Gull Lake, where Sheriff Todd Dahl approved of the ice for the 28th Annual Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza. The Jaycees cut holes in the ice in the northwest corner and the center of the event area, with thicknesses of 18-½ inches and 18-¼ inches, respectively.
The Pine River-Backus Tiger boys basketball team pick up consecutive victories for the first time in nearly a month, but ended the week with an overtime loss to go 2-1 on the week. Red Lake 63, PR-B 62 (OT) Nick Ackerman's 22 points led Pine River-Backus in a 63-62 overtime loss to Red Lake in a Northland Conference game Friday, Jan. 12. Torry Hirschey added 18 points for the Tigers, who outshot the Warriors 22 to 2 from the free-throw line but converted just 13 of those attempts. Red Lake 34 23 6—62 Pine River-Backus 32 25 5—63
The song remains largely the same for the Pequot Lakes School Board in 2018. With all of the same members returning for the new year, the board voted to once again name Mike Erholtz its chairperson, with Curt Johnson remaining vice chair. No other individuals were nominated for either position. In the board's only officer change, Valarie Wallin was named clerk/treasurer, replacing Susan Mathison-Young.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. I know Christmas and New Year's Day are behind us now. It's time for my annual round-up of the Minnesota pro sports teams. Last year, my column was understandably very negative. The teams most of us root for either collapsed horribly or were just plain bad from the start. Naturally, my outlook for the year was not a pleasant one. For the most part, though, I am happily eating crow.
Nick Ackerman posted 11 points and four assists for the Pine River-Backus Tigers in a 64-33 loss to the undefeated Nevis Tigers in a Northland Conference game Friday, Jan. 5. The Tigers were down just eight points at the half, but Nevis stifled the PR-B offense in the second half, allowing just 12 points.