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The seventh-seeded Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team lost to No. 2 Detroit Lakes 74-6 in the Section 8AA quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 17, in Thief River Falls. The Lakers eventually lost to top-seeded Perham 61-10 in the section championship match.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus wrestling team is hoping to benefit from the momentum of a five-match win streak heading into the Section 8AA team tournament on Saturday, Feb. 18, in Thief River Falls. "We have had a nice run at the end of the year," said Road Crew coach, whose squad is 14-10 overall after defeating the Aitkin Gobblers 39-30 on Thursday, Feb. 9. "The kids wrestled well against Aitkin. We knew they were going to build a lead in the lower weights, and we would make a move starting at 138. We got the match ups we were looking for and were able to take advantage."
A physical Lake of the Woods Bears boys' hockey team skated past Northern Lakes 6-1 to snap the Lightning's 16-game winning streak on Saturday, Feb. 4. "We ran into a team that played us more physical than most teams we play," said Northern Lakes coach Craig Larson. "It's an adjustment for us that we'll need to figure out. I'm sure we didn't play our best game either, Lake of the Woods had a good game plan and they stayed disciplined throughout while we just did some watching. We had some good shifts, but not enough in a row."
Sam Gutzman scored in overtime as the Northern Lakes girls' hockey team edged the Prairie Centre Blue Devils 4-3 on Friday, Feb. 3, to give the Lightning their first Mid-State Conference outright title in program history. It was also Northern Lakes' fifth straight win and 13th victory in the past 14 games to close out the regular season.
Addi Harrington, Cody France, Justin Neumann and John Urseth each won three matches to help the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew win three matches at the Fergus Falls Quadrangular on Friday, Feb. 3. The Road Crew defeated Roseau 66-24, Sauk Centre/Melrose 37-30 and Fergus Falls 60-24 to improve their overall record to 12-10.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew compiled a 5-4 record in nine wrestling matches over three days from Jan. 12-14. In the most recent action on Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Gadberry Duals in Moorhead, the Road Crew finished fourth overall by splitting four matches - defeating Fargo South 60-12 and Grand Forks Central, N.D., 39-30 while losing to Moorhead 40-26 and Fargo Davis 49-34. A key match was against Moorhead as the Road Crew assumed a 26-6 lead before the Spuds rallied by winning the final seven matches.
Evan Gravdahl won with a pair of pins at 145 pounds to help the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team beat the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley-Nevis Wolves 49-18 and the Deer River Warriors 45-30 on Thursday, Dec. 8, in Pine River. Also winning two matches on the day for the Road Crew were Connor Tulenchik, Jake Poehler, Tim Ryan, Cody France and Josh Pettit.
Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus' Connor Tulenchik won all three of his matches to finish first at 106 pounds and help the Road Crew place ninth overall at the Wadena-Deer Creek wrestling tournament on Saturday, Dec. 3.
NORTHFIELD—The Pequot Lakes boys had high hopes for state with six runners returning from last year's eighth-place Class 1A finish. Plus, four of the Patriots' top five finishers were seniors...
It might seem strange that the Brainerd lakes area was a topic of conversation almost 600 miles away in the media center before the NASCAR Sprint Cup event Sunday, Oct. 16, at Kansas Speedway. But that's where Dave Ferroni reflected on his 17 years working in media relations for Brainerd International Raceway. Ferroni, who is the media representative for NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr., took a few minutes to look back on his career at BIR and talk about the racing future in his home state of Minnesota.