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One of the favorite parts of my newspaper career has been writing stories, taking photos and doing page design - especially with a focus on Pequot Lakes Patriots and Pine River-Backus Tigers sports teams in 25 of the past 32 years. But I will be passing on those duties starting Jan. 1, with my promotion to publisher of the Brainerd Dispatch. I will also continue to serve as publisher of the Echo Journal, but I won't be doing sports coverage. Instead, our staff writer Dan Determan will take over as coordinator of the Echo Journal sports coverage.
The Little Falls Flyers scored five times in the second period to snap a 1-1 tie and defeat the Northern Lakes Lightning 7-1 in non-conference boys' hockey action on Thursday, Dec. 10. "After we tied it up, we relaxed and just watched," said Northern Lakes coach Craig Larson. "We didn't stay engaged and didn't finish and a couple scoring chances on the power play.
There's not a lot in common between the communities of Pequot Lakes and Bozeman, Montana. But there is a hockey connection between the two towns that are located 900 miles apart as Pequot Lakes graduates Kegan Couture and Dalton Rickard are skating with the Bozeman Icedogs of the Frontier Division of North American Tier III Junior hockey. "This is my third year playing for Bozeman, and it's Dalton's second year," Couture explained. "I talked him into trying out with our team last year.
Beau Howard is taking advantage of his opportunities to play basketball. The 2013 Pine River-Backus graduate played the past two seasons at Hibbing Community College, including leading the Cardinal in scoring with a 15.4 average in 27 games last season. "It was an adjustment, but it gave me a chance to improve," Howard said of his community college experience. "It's a different speed going from high school to college basketball." This winter, Howard has moved up to the Division III level as a member of the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth.
Wyatt Kokesh had two goals and one assist and Josh Maucieri added three assists to help the Northern Lakes boys' hockey team grab an early 3-0 lead on way to a 4-1 victory over the Kittson Central Bearcats in non-conference action on Saturday, Dec. 5, in Hallock. The Lightning, 1-1 in the Mid-State Conference and 3-1 overall, are scheduled to host Little Falls in a non-conference game on Thursday, Dec. 10. Nick Reed tallied to give Northern Lakes the lead at 9:42 of the first period. Kokesh then tallied just eight seconds later to make it 2-0.
Over the past month, Glenn "Chico" Resch has received two separate reminders of the success he enjoyed as a hockey goaltender. The 67-year-old Resch, who has spent many of his off-season time at his summer home in Emily and is now living in Brainerd, was first honored by the University of Minnesota-Duluth when he hockey jersey was retired on Friday, Oct. 30.
Pequot Lakes sophomores Hannah Dahlberg and Alexis Cheek return as members of the Brainerd Warrior gymnastics team this season. “I have been lucky enough to coach them for quite some...
The Brainerd/Pequot Lakes Warriors girls’ alpine team has five of the six skiers returning from a lineup that captured the state championship last season at Giants Ridge. Two of those...
The Pine River-Backus Pulse dance team has many new faces, and a new head coach in Katie Harper, this season. “Our entire team is looking forward to this season, not...
Melissa Holland takes over as head coach for the Pequot Lakes Revolution dance team after serving as an assistant coach for the program last year. Holland trained at Just for...