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Many families find a common-interest activity as a way to spend "family time." For the Ryans of Pequot Lakes, "family time" is spent on the gridiron. "Football is life for the Ryans," Patriot running back Tim Ryan said. He, along with his twin brother Luke and older brother Jake, are on the field for Patriot football games where their father, Pete Ryan, serves as defensive coordinator.
As someone who writes for a living, I obviously need to have a decent understanding of the English language. I'll be the first to admit I'm a long way from having anything resembling a mastery of the language, but I like to think I do fairly well at telling stories or recapping events. I try my best to use proper English, even when I text - much to the chagrin of my friends and family who have to read the paragraphs I send them - and I'm quick to correct myself in the event of improper grammar, even when speaking.
Morgan Mudgett defeated her No. 2 singles opponent 6-0, 6-0 as the Pequot Lakes Patriot tennis team claimed a 7-0 victory over Crosby-Ironton in a Mid-State Conference meet Thursday, Sept. 21. The win was the team's 12th in a row.
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."