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The Pequot Lakes boys finished first while the Patriot girls were second at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley track and field meet on Thursday, April 23. Also at the meet, the Pine River-Backus boys were third while the Tiger girls finished seventh. Individually, Henry Krecklau of PR-B won the 200-meter dash and long and triple jump titles. "Henry had personal bests in both the long jump and 200," said PR-B coach Tom Demars. "He is posting some times that will be competitive throughout the season.
The Pequot Lakes girls' golf team finished second after losing a tiebreaker to Detroit Lakes at the Park Rapids Invitational on Monday, April 27, at Headwaters Golf Club. The Patriots and a Lakers both combined for a 326 score from their top four golfers. Detroit Lakes then won by three strokes on the fifth player tiebreaker. "Detroit Lakes is ranked No. 1 in the state, and I think we're No. 2," said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team hosts a big Mid-State Conference home doubleheader against the Park Rapids Panthers at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. It might seem strange to talk about the Patriots playing in a "big" conference game, especially after five straight seasons of losing records against Mid-State opponents. But this spring has been different. The Patriots are off to their best start in six years with a 6-1-1 record, including 4-1-1 mark against conference opponents.
Pequot Lakes' Brittny Bzdok won the 100-meter dash and long jump and finished second in the 200 dash to help the Patriot girls place first at the Pillager Invitational on Thursday, April 16. Pequot Lakes' 4x800 relay of Olivia Lane, Mackenzi Nelson, Gina Garai and Caitie Ryan triumphed with a school-record time of 10:12.6. Other wins for the Patriots were Alyssa Golden won the pole vault, Garai won the 1,600 and Jackie Brine-Doyle won the 3,200 run.
Minnesota Wild playoff fever is quickly spreading around the state of hockey as the NHL team has assembled one of the top rosters for the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Wild has a ways to go, but they did take a 2-1 series lead over St. Louis in the first round on Monday night. My family is among those many Wild hockey fans.
Bret Sergent has seen a lot of rare things in his 23 seasons at Pequot Lakes High School softball coach. But he doesn't ever remember seeing two of his players belt home runs over the fence in their varsity debuts. That's exactly what happened on Thursday, April 9, when the Patriots' junior Kathryn Miska and freshman Alex Kotaska both homered in an 8-4 season-opening win over visiting Pillager. "I've had a player homer in their first varsity game, but I've never had two do it in one game," Sergent said of the milestone.
A Brainerd Lakes area fantasy baseball league has been in existence so long that some original league members can't even recall where the first draft was hosted in the spring of 1991. I'm one of those charter members.
The Pequot Lakes girls' track and field team finished first in the 4x800-meter relay to help the Patriots place second at the Paul Bunyan Classic on Tuesday, March 24, at Bemidji State University. The 4x800 relay of Kristin Skog, Elsa Headlee, Macy Dotty and Caitie Ryan triumphed in 10 minutes, 38.95 seconds as Pequot Lakes' 67 points was second to Grand Forks Red River's 120.5. The Patriots' Grace McGuire finished second in the 400 dash while teammate Brittny Bzdok finished third in the 200 dash and Ryan was third in the 800. "We showed up to compete after only two weeks of practice," said
Despite twice suffering severe sprained left ankles, 2014 Pequot Lakes graduate Katie White is enjoying her experience as a two-sport athlete for the University of Wisconsin-Superior. White was one of the first players off the bench this winter as a freshman on the Yellowjackets' women's basketball team. But then she was sidelined by a severe ankle sprain and was limited in her playing time late in the season.
Florida is a natural attraction for tourism during the winter months as millions of visitors annually enjoy warm weather conditions. The sand beaches are popular on each side of the state along the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico while the center of Florida has many attractions like Disney World. But in recent decades a big draw has become exhibition baseball at more than a dozen communities around the sunshine state. Sarasota is a city on the west side of Florida that hosts the Baltimore Orioles spring training camp.