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The Minnesota Timberwolves were exciting last season for the first time in more than a decade, but it looks like that is whittling away rather quickly. At the time of writing this, the Wolves are 2-2 on the season. There are certainly worse ways to start a season of professional basketball, but the team has just enough issues for me to anticipate nothing special from them. The team's issues begin with its best player, Jimmy Butler.
Pequot Lakes junior Courtney Boller (32-4 overall) is state-bound after finishing second in the Section 7-1A individual singles tournament Tuesday, Oct. 16. "I have played tennis since I was 5, so just to see all that hard work pay off feels amazing," she said. Boller opened the tournament as the South's No. 2 seed and eliminated Duluth Marshall's Brenna Bollins 6-0, 6-2 in the opening round. Boller then batted Virginia's Mary Skorich in the semifinals for a 6-3, 6-3 victory. In the team's match against Virginia the day before, she fell to Skorich 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
The Pequot Lakes football team overcame a two-score deficit, but ultimately fell to East Grand Forks in the team's final regular season game on Wednesday, Oct. 17. The Patriots were down 18-8 at halftime, but scored three of the next four touchdowns to take a 29-25 lead. However, the Green Wave would find the end zone one more time with 2:40 left to play to seal a victory.
The Patriot football team overcame a strong rushing attack and a series of mental errors to top the Park Rapids Panthers Panthers 19-14 in the team's first postseason game of the year. "We had some great leadership from our seniors," quarterback Cale Wolf said. "This was their last game on this field, so they stepped up big. That is a tough team in Park Rapids. They play very hard, so I'm glad we could come out with the win."
Pine River-Backus graduate Katie Wangberg has been around the sport of volleyball for most of her life. If she has her way, that won't change any time soon. The 2011 PR-B grad transitioned right from playing college volleyball to coaching it and is currently serving as graduate assistant coach for the Mayville State University volleyball team.
The Pequot Lakes School Board renewed Superintendent Chris Lindholm's contract, agreeing to a three-year contract. The board unanimously agreed to renew the contract Monday, Oct. 15, giving Lindholm high marks for his performance in the 2017-18 school year.
Running back Zach Jorgens scored on runs of 6 and 2 yards to lead the Pequot Lakes football team to a 28-7 win over Thief River Falls on Friday, Oct. 12, in a Midwest Red Subdistrict game. With the win, the Patriots moved to 4-3 overall while the Prowlers dropped to 0-7. The Prowlers surprised the Patriots early by leading off with an onside kick - one they were able to recover. Despite failing to score on that opening drive, Thief River Falls did score the first touchdown of the game on their next drive.
In his report to the Crosslake Community School Board on Monday, Oct. 8, Director Todd Lyscio outlined enrollment numbers for the current year. The school began the new year with 248 students, and that number grew to 252. This marks the first time the school's enrollment has exceeded 250 students. "It was 81 (students) when I started here," teacher and board member Lance Swanson said. Enrollment has increased by 42 since October of last year and 52 from the year before.
With a 3-0 victory over Northome-Kelliher on Friday, Oct. 5, the Pine River-Backus volleyball team improved its overall record to 18-1. The team lost its first game of the season to Cannon Falls. Since then, they have only made changes to the win column of their record - all of this after a state tournament appearance the season before, with every athlete from that team returning for this season. A primary reason for this success, if you ask the athletes, is communication and teamwork, which is coming easily this season.
New-to-the-area freshman Megan Muller was named the Patriot tennis team's most valuable player at the team's season-end banquet on Thursday, Oct. 4. Playing the entire season at No. 1 singles, Muller amassed a record of 22-3 and beat several state-qualifying athletes from the previous season. "It might be a bit of an understatement to say that we are really happy that Megan and her family came to our school district," coach Monica Sergent said. "Not only is she an excellent tennis player, she is a very nice person and immediately made friends with her teammates."