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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."
Pequot Lakes' Reid Pierzinski made Minnesota boys track and field history over the weekend. In the Class A state meet Saturday, June 9, at Hamline University, the Patriots senior won three titles and scored 39 points, capturing the state team championship for Pequot Lakes all by himself. He was the Patriots' only state competitor on the boys' side. The feat had been done twice before on the girls' side - first in 1987 and again in 2013 - but Pierzinski is the first boys track competitor in state history to single-handedly win a team title.
George Davidson collected two hits and an RBI for the Pine River-Backus Tigers, but it was not enough as the team had its season come to an end Thursday, June 7, in a 9-3 loss to Hinckley-Finlayson in the Section 5-1A championship. "They had double the hits, and we had double the errors," coach Mike Dinnel said. "It's hard to get a gauge because we played well, but we didn't play well enough. Hinckley was the better team, and they deserved to win that game ... Our guys bought into the fact that if they have an out, they have a chance, but Hinckley jumped out quickly."
Good things come to those who wait. You have no doubt heard that dozens, if not hundreds, of times. It is an expression that is wildly, infuriatingly overused in our society. If you were to say it to me, I would have to resist the urge to punch you with every fiber of my being. That being said, recent events in my life have made me see some truth in that phrase, and it has made me reflect on the ways it has been true over the years. Surprisingly, I uncovered several examples.
After a year of negotiations, Pequot Lakes teachers officially have a contract in place. In a special meeting Monday, June 4, the Pequot Lakes School Board voted unanimously to ratify the 2017-19 teacher contracts as previously negotiated. "I think it was good work by both groups," board chair Mike Erholtz said. District officials reached an agreement with representatives from Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes in a negotiations meeting Monday, May 14. They also agreed to a contract for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, which the board will vote on later.
Kenzie Nelson's double was the only extra-base hit for the south No. 4 Pequot Lakes Patriots who were eliminated from the Section 8-2A playoffs with a 17-5 loss to north No. 1 Thief River Falls Tuesday, May 29. "That was the best we hit all season," coach Bret Sergent said. "We got some hits, but against the two teams we lost to, they played pretty much errorless ball and we made a few errors. If you are going to beat those teams, you can't make any mistakes, because they will make you pay for every mistake you make."
Pequot Lakes eighth-graders recently spent the day getting their hands dirty and helping out at Camp Confidence as a part of the middle school's "Stewardship Day." All but 20 students traveled to the camp on Wednesday, May 2, to do a variety of ground work, including erosion abatement, ditch digging and tree planting.
After months of deliberation, the Pequot Lakes School District administration has reached a tentative agreement with Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes regarding teacher contracts.
The Pequot Lakes School Board used its Monday, May 7, work session to review its preliminary budget for fiscal year 2018-19. District officials anticipate operating with total revenues at $21,736,721 across all funds, with $21,932,555 in expenditures expected. The expectation of the district's general fund is to operate with a surplus of $11,914. Questions arose among the board regarding the anticipated district enrollment, which business manager Heidi Hagan projects to be just below 1,700 students.