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Junior Reid Pierzinski and senior Chloe Bermel were named MVPs in the track category while Addisoune Harrington and Adelaide Hubbard were named field MVPs at the Patriots' year-end banquet on Monday, June 12. The "most improved" awards went to Brooks Anderson and Cassidy Chaney, while the Rookie of the Year awards were given to Robbie Hendrickson and Carly Chaney. The Patriot Award was given to both Cody Huss and Jacob Tschida for the boys, while Alyssa Golden was the girls team's recipient.
Freshman Brady Raph and senior Nate Brasel represented Pine River-Backus at the Class A tournament in Becker, finishing 16th and 34th, respectively. Raph finished his second state tournament with a first-round score of 87 and a second-round score of 78 for a two-day score of 165. In 2016, he finished tied for 39th with a score of 171. Brasel finished his high school career shooting an 85 in each round for a two-day score of 170. Also a returning state meet participant, he improved from his previous performance by 11 strokes and 25 places.
Three of four relay teams brought home gold as the Pequot Lakes Patriot track teams both finished second at the State Class A meet at Hamline University in St. Paul on Friday and Saturday, June 9-10. Additionally, junior Reid Pierzinski earned three first-place finishes at the event. "That is unique that we finished second for both the boys and the girls," boys coach Dave Guenther said. "That doesn't happen ... That is amazing. They are such good good kids and it is nice to see them have that success."
I wasn't really planning to tune into Fox Sports North much this summer. Why sit in front of the TV for several hours when the 30-second highlights will tell me exactly how bad the Twins are? At the start of the year, I forecasted the "big four" Minnesota sports teams and said the Twins are understandably in the throes of rebuilding a franchise, but that doesn't make for very entertaining baseball. My love of the Twins will never waver, but I wasn't sure I wanted to watch them lose another 100 games. In a situation like that, I'm more than happy to just read about it online.
Junior Reid Pierzinski ended the day with three state titles as the Pequot Lakes track teams - both the boys and the girls - finished in second place at the State Class A Track and Field Tournament at Hamline University in St. Paul on Saturday, June 10. Pierzinski finished in the top spot in both the 110 and 300 hurdles before joining Ben Nelson, Robbie Hendrickson and Cody Huss for a first-place finish in the 4x400 relay. The Patriot girls were led by their relay teams, as both the 4x200 and 4x400 teams earned a state championship.
In its Monday, June 5, meeting, the Breezy Point City Council unanimously agreed to reject a purchase offer on three city-owned lots on the north end of Airport Road. An offer of $26,500 for the three lots - $25,000 for lots 46 and 47 and $1,500 for lot 48 - was withdrawn before the council's May 1 meeting, and the same individual then gave a revised offer of $15,000, significantly below the appraised price for the lots.
In a work session Monday, June 5, the Pequot Lakes School Board was joined by Crosslake Community School Director Todd Lyscio to discuss the possibility of the two schools forming a co-op for music programs. The potential co-op would be a non-exclusive agreement that would only apply to students of Crosslake Community School's online high school program - who reside within the Pequot Lakes School District - interested in taking part in Pequot Lakes' band and choir programs and participating in Minnesota State High School League contests.
The defending champion Pequot Lakes Patriot boys and girls teams both finished second behind Perham at the Section 6-1A track and field meet Thursday, June 1, in Fergus Falls. The Pequot Lakes girls advance three individuals and three relays to the Class 1A state meet, scheduled for Friday and Saturday, June 9-10, at Hamline University in St. Paul. Among the event winners were senior Chloe Bermel, the defending state 400-meter champion, who won Thursday's 400 dash in 58.82 seconds.
With the Pine River-Backus softball team's 6-1 win over Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Wednesday, May 24, coach John Riewer earned his 300th victory in his career. Riewer has spent the past three seasons as the coach of the Tigers - winning the Upper Mississippi Conference championship in each of those seasons. Before that, he spent 18 seasons as head coach of the Dassel-Cokato Saints, amassing a record of 245-154 and earning two state tournament appearances. He added another state tournament as the coach of the Tigers in the spring of 2016.
The efforts of junior Reid Pierzinski led to four first-place finishes as the Pequot Lakes boys and girls track teams both took first place in front of a Pequot Lakes crowd at the Section 6-1A Subsection 23 meet on Thursday, May 26. The top five finishers in each individual event and the top two finishers in each relay qualified for the section meet.