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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.
Lakes area hunters registered roughly 6,600 deer in the first weekend of the firearm hunting season, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The harvest - covering permit areas 172, 242, 247, 246 and 249 - is an increase of nearly 22 percent from the approximately 5,200 deer harvested in the first weekend of 2016.
The Pine River-Backus Tiger girls volleyball team dropped the first game of the state tournament, falling to the Bethlehem Academy Cardinal 3-1 in the quarterfinals at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul Thursday, Nov. 9.
Nathan Traut picked up two touchdowns as a solid rushing attack and stifling defense gave the Pequot Lakes Patriot football team a 34-0 victory over Mora in the state quarterfinals on Saturday, Nov. 11. "We played really good defensively," senior fullback Calvin Maske said. "We got our offense rolling eventually, but overall I think we were pretty good." After the teams exchanged scoreless drives, the Patriots got on the board in the final minute of the first quarter on a 23-yard rushing touchdown by Nathan Traut.