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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.
Ashley Smith is usually not too hard to find. Usually she is working - often on a volunteer basis - to improve the lives of the youth of Pine River-Backus. First, the Backus native can be seen at nearly every Pine River-Backus girls sporting event, either working the scorer's table or taking pictures of the action. She began writing sports stories for the Pine River Journal (now the Echo Journal) roughly seven years ago, and shortly thereafter was asked to take photos to complement those articles.
Alyssa Semmler recorded 25 points and 11 rebounds - earning a spot on the all-tournament team - to lead the Pine River-Backus Tigers girls basketball team to a 56-47 victory over the Cromwell Cardinals in the third-place game of the Mountain Iron-Buhl Tournament Thursday, Dec. 28. "At first, I was nervous, but after I got into the groove, I realized we were playing just another team that is going to have some weaknesses," Semmler said. "The post game was their weakness, so I just took it to them."
Another year is in the books, and with it comes my annual year in review of area sports. In my end-of-2016 story one year ago, I discussed at length the success the area teams had - with three different state tournament appearances - but this past year just may have been more successful for Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus, although the number of team state appearances was three once again.
Echo Journal editor extraordinaire Nancy Vogt recently wrote a column calling on holiday shoppers to take advantage of Small Business Saturday (usually the day after Black Friday) and patronize local shops in Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Pine River and Crosslake. That's great advice, and I did absolutely none of that. I suppose this piece will read like some "do as I say, not as I do" warning, but I really was not the most efficient Christmas shopper this year, and none of the gifts I'm giving will have that local lakes area flavor, I'm sad to report.
The Northern Lakes girls hockey team is coming off its best finish in team history. Even better, the Lightning lost just two seniors to graduation, meaning the team was entering the season with some experience. There was just one problem: The Lightning needed a goalie. Enter Pequot Lakes sophomore Maddie Wahoske, who had not played hockey before this season in any capacity and is now the Lightning's starting netminder.
The Pequot Lakes School Board stayed with its preliminary tax levy set in September, approving a final 2018 tax levy with a local option revenue of $724 per pupil - an increase of $99 per pupil - at the board's Monday, Dec. 18, meeting. In 2018, the district will operate with a total general fund of $2,531,656 and a total tax levy of $5,674,932.