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After three straight losses, the Northern Lakes Lightning boys hockey team bounced back with a 10-4 victory over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Tuesday, Dec. 12. "It was a good win for the guys to have after a pretty tough weekend," coach Craig Larson said. "It was good for them to come in and get a good run and get some better play up front with our forward lines." Shane Donovan tallied three goals and three assists for a Lightning team that were outshot by their opponents 33-26.
On Nov. 20, 1967, the Gull Lake Drifters were founded. Since then, the snowmobile club has worked to maintain area snowmobile trails and promote the sport of snowmobiling. "Our job is to take care of trails," club member and secretary Cindy Terwilliger said. "Some clubs have big fundraisers or different events or activities, but we are primarily a grooming club. We have 122 miles of trail in Cass and Crow Wing counties."
The Pine River-Backus boys basketball team picked up its first win of the season on Friday, Dec. 8, in at 69-54 victory over the Northome-Kelliher Mustangs. "I thought we played really well, except for the first three minutes of the second half," coach John Riewer said. "We had a 13-point lead and then Northome-Kelliher went on a 14-0 run. We called a timeout at that time and I was really impressed with the kids because we came out of that timeout and gradually built the lead back up. It was a nice conference win on the road."
When the Pequot Lakes girls basketball team kicked off its new season on Thursday, Nov. 30, it did so with Katrina Moody as the new head coach of the Patriots. Moody was hired as a math teacher and coach in the spring. She was a three-sport athlete at Barnum High School, where her father is the head coach of the boys basketball team. Her team qualified for four state tournaments, winning a state title her senior year.
The Pequot Lakes School Board unanimously approved a policy that establishes combined polling places for multiple precincts in the board's regular meeting Monday, Nov. 20. Superintendent Chris Lindholm said the board needs to address this policy on an annual basis moving forward.
Well, that was fun. The 2017 fall sports season was one of the most eventful seasons I've experienced in my admittedly not-very-many years as a sports writer. The season was capped off by a few state appearances, but each team had points of pride from August to November. Let's run through a few of those points, shall we?
The Northern Lakes Lightning girls hockey team brought its record back to .500 with a 3-2 victory over the Detroit Lakes Lakers on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The Lightning kicked off the scoring in the game when Lou Koslowski found the goal 1:07 into the first period off assists by Elli Saxerud and Hayden Boelter. Nearly 28 minutes of play went by before the score changed, but the Lakers finally answered late in the second period to tie the game at 1-1. However, Lightning defender Savannah Abear found the back of the net roughly three minutes later off an assist by Mackenzie Rickard.
After the best finish in team history (19-6 overall), the Northern Lakes Lightning girls hockey team have high hopes for 2017-18, but expect some growing pains with a new head coach, two new goalies and a roster full of underclassmen. "We are a young team this year," coach Breanna Sheley said. "We have four seniors and a couple of juniors, and the rest of our team is sophomores with a couple of freshman and couple of eighth-graders.
Tomorrow is a very special day of the year. No, I don't mean Black Friday - in fact, I really don't care for sacrificing life and limb to save 40 bucks on a TV. I also don't mean "leftover turkey and stuffing" day, although let's face it, that is all kind of special. Tomorrow is special because it is the first day of the year where I don't mind Christmas things being shoved down my throat. My problem is the "Christmas season" starts a little earlier every year.
After eight consecutive victories, the Pequot Lakes Patriots found themselves on the losing end of their State Class 3A semifinal game in a 45-7 loss to the St. Croix Lutheran Academy Crusaders on Saturday, Nov. 18. The St. Croix victory came on the back of a rushing attack that racked up 298 yards and a defense that stifled the Patriots’ running game.