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Garry Phelps has put away his whistle, white hat and striped shirt and is retiring after 43 seasons of officiating high school football games. The Nisswa resident, who refereed for a final time at Perham High School on Friday, Sept. 25, has been serving as chief on an officiating crew with area residents Garry Grewe, Kyle Spray, Chad Rudbeck, Jerry Braam, Luke Schumer and David Liedl. "I wanted to go as long as I could," Phelps said of his retirement. "It became a matter of not feeling like you can stay on top of the game like you would like to.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots tennis team defeated the visiting Aitkin Gobblers 5-2 on Thursday, Oct. 1, in a matchup of two of the top teams in this week's Subsection 7A tournament. Pequot Lakes is the top seed for the South Subsection 7A field while Aitkin is the No. 2 seed in the North. The South Subsection opens with No. 5 Crosby-Ironton playing No. 4 Pierz on Wednesday, Oct. 7. That winner travels to Pequot Lakes to face the Patriots in a semifinal match at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct.
Pequot Lakes' Tony Fitzer placed seventh at the Milaca Mega Meet as the Patriots boys finished second behind Minnehaha Academy among 22 teams competing in a Class AA division on Saturday, Sept. 26. "Tony continues to be a force," said Pequot Lakes coach Jeff Brever. "He ran a personal best of 17:13. Reid Pierzinski came in 12th for us with another personal best, which was just 11 seconds behind Tony.
Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team continued its admirable season by sweeping Little Falls 3-0 in a non-conference match on Monday, Sept. 28. "Our team is off to a great start and I'm proud how our players have performed and responded to changes in the lineup," said Pequot Lakes coach Kate Dale, whose squad improved to 16-2 overall.
Zach Struss ran for two scores and passed for another as the visiting Pine River-Backus Tigers football team remained unbeaten with a 28-18 Northwest Subdistrict White victory over the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves on Friday, Sept. 25. The Tigers, 6-0 overall, are ranked No. 7 in Class A. It's the first time in recent years that PR-B has won its first six games. "I'm guessing it has been 15 years or so since we've started 6-0," said Tigers' coach Tom Demars.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots tennis team successfully switched around its lineup in a 6-1 Mid-State Conference victory over Crosby-Ironton on Thursday, Sept. 24. The biggest changes were Alex Nelson moving into the No. 1 singles position and the top two singles players, Haley Wiebolt and Sydney Holt, becoming No. 1 doubles partners. The move worked as both triumphed to help the Patriots improve to 4-0 in the conference. "Alex (Nelson) did a nice job at one singles, and Haley and Sydney played well at one doubles," said Pequot Lakes coach Monica Sergent.
The Pine River-Backus football team took a short break from watching film in head coach Tom Demars' classroom after school Monday. The unbeaten Tigers are busy preparing to host rival Pillager in a homecoming battle for the Northwest Subdistrict White football title Friday. This interruption was important as PR-B activities director Randy Schwegel had a special guest. "I want you guys to meet Rohn Stark," Schwegel told the players. "He played for many years in the NFL, and he will be at your game on Friday." The players all sat up a little straighter in their desks and listened.
The Pine River-Backus (PR-B) football team took a short break from watching film in head coach Tom Demars' classroom after school on Monday, Sept. 28. The unbeaten Tigers are busy preparing to host rival Pillager in a homecoming battle for the Northwest Subdistrict White football title this Friday. But this interruption was important as PR-B activities director Randy Schwegel had a special guest. "I want you guys to meet Rohn Stark," Schwegel told the players.
Chris Geschwill scored three touchdowns as the unbeaten Pine River-Backus football team rolled past the Red Lake Warriors 70-20 in Northwest Subdistrict White action on Friday, Sept. 18. Geschwill also rushed for a game-high 98 yards for the Tigers, who had 346 yards rushing. "Chris did have a good game running the ball," PR-B coach Tom Demars said of the senior running back.
Tony Fitzer set the pace as he won the boys' race to help Pequot Lakes place first at the Jim Machacek Classic Invitational on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Black Bear Golf Course. Fitzer, who finished the 5,000-meter course in 17 minutes, 15.5 seconds, also won the Pequot Lakes Invitational title on Sept. 10. "Tony Fitzer has enjoyed a great start to the cross country season," Patriot coach Jeff Brever said. "Tony started seeing success in track last spring. and I believe all that success and belief in himself has now carried over into the fall.