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The Pequot Lakes Patriot track and field teams were able to avoid the elements by competing indoors at the Lion's Invitational at Bemidji State University on Tuesday, March 27, as the girls' team finished third out of 17 teams and the boys finished fourth.
Calvin Wallin has taught firearm safety in Pequot Lakes since Lyndon B. Johnson was president. He has taught nearly 2,000 students, including his children and grandchildren. Now they can celebrate with him as he conducts his 50th year as an instructor. "We have had a lot of good students," Wallin said. "It is great to see these young people taking part and becoming safe hunters. That's an important part of this whole program."
Tucker Sheley, assistant coach of the Pine River-Backus girls basketball team, was recently voted Section 5 Assistant Coach of the Year. The award is voted on by the coaches of the 21 teams within the section, the majority of whom decided Sheley - who is in his fourth year as a PR-B coach - was worthy of the prize. However, Sheley gives credit to his fellow coaches and his athletes for his recognition.
Junior forward Olivia Lane was named the team's most valuable player at a year-end banquet for the Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team on Thursday, March 22. Lane finished with 640 points (22.1 per game average), 386 rebounds (13.4), 48 assists (1.7), 69 steals (2.4), 29 blocks (1.0). She shot 50.5 percent (263-521) from the field, 63.1 percent (101-160) from the foul line, 28.9 percent (13-45) from 3-point range.
The Pequot Lakes School Board voted unanimously to enter a Minnesota GreenCorps host site agreement with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for the 2018-19 school year. The agreement would see the school district host an AmeriCorps member from the Minnesota GreenCorps for a school year, and that member will work with the district to use more environmentally conscious practices.
I love the season, but I always thought the term "March Madness" was a bit excessive. At the end of the day, it is a simple basketball tournament. I know it is an incredibly popular sporting event, and I believe it's usually the most prominent sports-betting event of the year, but "madness?" Really? I feel like that is a term I would reserve for something involving riots in the streets.
The Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously voted Monday, March 20, to name Bill Magnuson the new head coach of the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team. Magnuson, who replaces longtime coach Chip Lohmiller, has served as in assistant coach for the Patriots for the past two years but has roughly 20 years of experience as a head coach for Sauk Rapids-Rice and Windom. He also teaches seventh-grade life science at Pequot Lake Middle School.
The discussion of airport lot sales will continue in Breezy Point, at least for one more month. The board voted 2-1 in favor of putting Lot 42 on Airport Road up for bid - setting the minimum at $15,000. Discussions regarding Lots 46, 47 and 48 were tabled after a motion to sell the three as a package for a minimum of $18,000 failed. Council member Gary Bakken voted against the measure, calling for a lower minimum bid or no minimum bid at all to get the lots developed and on the tax base, and saying a minimum of $15,000 for Lot 42 was "way overpriced."
Nick Ackerman scored 22 points and had nine rebounds, but the No. 6-seeded Pine River-Backus Tigers boys basketball team fell 50-34 to the No. 3 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves in the Subsection 5A quarterfinals Thursday, March 8. The Tigers found themselves down by just one point at 16-15 in a low-scoring first half.
Zach Sjoblad had 17 points and Chase Larson added 16 as the Patriots topped Aitkin 70-41 in a South Subsection 7-2A postseason victory Tuesday, March 6. --- --- --- --- --- KLICK! Photo Gallery - 200 photos! Pequot Lakes Boys Basketball vs. Aitkin - South Subsection 7-2A Klick here to view!