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Pequot Lakes catcher Karlie Trottier was one of 22 softball players selected to take part in the Senior All-Star Series at Caswell Park in Mankato on Sunday, June 10. Trottier played in a doubleheader against fellow all-stars from across the state. "It was so much fun," Trottier said. "It was pretty laid back, because it was the day after the state tournament for a lot of girls. We just wanted to have fun in our last softball game. It was a huge confidence booster knowing I could go down there and catch for these really good pitchers - and hit against them too."
Five Patriot athletes earned "Most Valuable" awards at the track and field teams' year-end banquet on Monday, June 11. The banquet took place two days after the girls team finished third at the state tournament and Reid Pierzinski won the boys team title single-handedly. "What happened down at the state track meet this year has only happened twice (before)," boys coach Dave Guenther said. "This is the first time in history a male athlete has done it ... It couldn't have happened to a nicer person."
Teachers are often said to get more from students by establishing an understanding and personal relationship with each individual student. This past year, some teachers used new techniques in that regard via the SEED Program. The SEED Program - which stands for Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity - is a national program in operation for more than 30 years that teaches and encourages educators to recognize and celebrate diversity in a student body.
Patriot runners finished first in six events in the preliminary round of the State Class A track and field meet on Friday, June 8. Photos can be found here: " target="_blank">pineandlakes.mycapture.com/mycapture/folder.asp?event=2203509&CategoryID=83981&ListSubAlbums=0
Senior infielder Bre Sewall was named most valuable player for the Pequot Lakes Patriots at the team's year-end banquet on Thursday, June 7. "She did a little bit of everything for us," coach Bret Sergent said. "Her batting average probably wasn't what she wanted it to be, but the hits she had were big hits. She had some key extra-base hits for us, especially in sections ... Because she did so much for us, overwhelmingly her teammates voted her MVP."
Pequot Lakes' Reid Pierzinski made Minnesota boys track and field history over the weekend. In the Class A state meet Saturday, June 9, at Hamline University, the Patriots senior won three titles and scored 39 points, capturing the state team championship for Pequot Lakes all by himself. He was the Patriots' only state competitor on the boys' side. The feat had been done twice before on the girls' side - first in 1987 and again in 2013 - but Pierzinski is the first boys track competitor in state history to single-handedly win a team title.
George Davidson collected two hits and an RBI for the Pine River-Backus Tigers, but it was not enough as the team had its season come to an end Thursday, June 7, in a 9-3 loss to Hinckley-Finlayson in the Section 5-1A championship. "They had double the hits, and we had double the errors," coach Mike Dinnel said. "It's hard to get a gauge because we played well, but we didn't play well enough. Hinckley was the better team, and they deserved to win that game ... Our guys bought into the fact that if they have an out, they have a chance, but Hinckley jumped out quickly."
Good things come to those who wait. You have no doubt heard that dozens, if not hundreds, of times. It is an expression that is wildly, infuriatingly overused in our society. If you were to say it to me, I would have to resist the urge to punch you with every fiber of my being. That being said, recent events in my life have made me see some truth in that phrase, and it has made me reflect on the ways it has been true over the years. Surprisingly, I uncovered several examples.
After a year of negotiations, Pequot Lakes teachers officially have a contract in place. In a special meeting Monday, June 4, the Pequot Lakes School Board voted unanimously to ratify the 2017-19 teacher contracts as previously negotiated. "I think it was good work by both groups," board chair Mike Erholtz said. District officials reached an agreement with representatives from Education Minnesota Pequot Lakes in a negotiations meeting Monday, May 14. They also agreed to a contract for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 school years, which the board will vote on later.
Kenzie Nelson's double was the only extra-base hit for the south No. 4 Pequot Lakes Patriots who were eliminated from the Section 8-2A playoffs with a 17-5 loss to north No. 1 Thief River Falls Tuesday, May 29. "That was the best we hit all season," coach Bret Sergent said. "We got some hits, but against the two teams we lost to, they played pretty much errorless ball and we made a few errors. If you are going to beat those teams, you can't make any mistakes, because they will make you pay for every mistake you make."