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The Breezy Point North Stars junior hockey team have slowly built a foundation of success on the ice. Now in the North Stars' fifth year of existence, officials hope to see the team become one the community rallies behind. The organization is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) junior hockey club playing in the North American Tier-III Hockey League (NA3HL). The roster consists of athletes between the ages of 16 and 20.
The Pine River-Backus Tiger volleyball team won four games to claim the championship at the 32nd annual Barb Neprud Invitational in Crosby on Saturday, Sept. 16. The Tigers beat Upsala, Moose Lake-Willow River, Fergus Falls and Onamia to claim the title.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots won five individual championships and the team title in the Mid-State Conference Meet on Saturday, Sept. 16. "This was definitely a season highlight for us," head coach Monica Sergent said. "Everyone won their first round match and went on to play well all day. It was fun to bring home a big team trophy for our tennis program." Singles champs for Pequot were Morgan Mudgett at No. 2, Courtney Boller at No. 3 and Maddy Pluimer at No. 4.
Undermanned and battling injuries, the Pine River-Backus Tiger football team had to forfeit its game on Friday, Sept. 15, against Bagley. The Tigers entered the season with 16 athletes - eight of them seniors - and sustained a number of injuries in the team's previous game against Warroad.
Morgan Mudgett went 2-0 at No. 2 singles to help Pequot Lakes defeat Long Prairie-Grey Eagle and Sauk Centre by matching 5-2 scores Monday, Sept. 11. Courtney Boller claimed a 2-0 record at No. 3 singles - moving to 17-3 - as did Maddi Pluimer at No. 4 singles. The team of Morgan Lueck and Afton Crocker finished 2-0 at No. 3 doubles. Crocker now has 13 consecutive wins. Pequot Lakes 5, LPGE 2 Pequot Lakes 5, Sauk Centre 2 Singles No. 1: Alexis Lueck 0-2 No. 2: Morgan Mudgett 2-0
The Pine River-Backus Tiger football team fought through injuries, but fell to the Warroad Warriors on Friday, Sept. 8, by a score of 34-13. "I saw a gutsy effort by a kind of undermanned team today," coach Tom Demars said. "I'm really proud of the way they stepped up to the challenge. They played their hearts out the whole game, in spite of our position. We finished the game with 12 guys who could play." Austin Rateike ran for both Tiger touchdowns in a Pine River-Backus 34-13 loss to the Warroad Warriors Friday in a Northwest Subdistrict East game.
Corporate sponsorship has leaked into just about every facet of professional sports. Words cannot express how much I hate that. I recently purchased a T-shirt from a clothing line called "Naming Wrongs." It's a light blue shirt with big red letters that just say "I miss the Metrodome." I don't actually miss the Metrodome. That stadium was kind of a dump long before the roof collapsed. What I do miss is the name "Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome."
I've written about our cats before, but it's been a couple of years so allow me a quick recap. Shortly after we got married three years ago, my wife and I adopted Luna, a roughly 2-year-old cat that strayed into my in-laws' neighbor's yard. To our surprise, she was a few weeks pregnant when we adopted her, and soon after we welcomed seven kittens into our two-bedroom apartment.
PEQUOT LAKES—For nearly two decades, the Lonesome Cottage Furniture Co. has built and sold log furniture in Pequot Lakes. A few years after Brandon and Jill Andersen purchased the company, it became the largest rustic furniture maker in the country, but keeps its focus in the lakes area.
Karl Eckhardt's first official race was a motocross event in Bemidji in the early 1980s. From there, it became a passion for him. More than 35 years later, he has no plans to give up his passion, although now it is in a car instead of on a dirt bike. "I started at a young age, and I really enjoy it," Eckhardt said. "It's like a disease, and I don't know if you'd call it a good or bad disease. It gets into your system and you can't get rid of it. Once you get hooked, you are a motorhead for life."