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Pine River-Backus football player Mitchell Wynn enjoys hard work. That's why the senior fullback was excited to have his workload increase in recent weeks, especially following an injury to a teammate. On Friday, Sept. 16, Wynn enjoyed one of his best offensive performances in his four years on varsity when he carried 35 times for 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns in the Tigers' 24-14 victory over the Blackduck Drakes in a Northwest White Subdistrict matchup.
My parents often emphasized the importance of developing a good work ethic. They made sure their six children enjoyed life but also understood their responsibilities with chores around the house, from doing dishes to mowing and shoveling. My parents were preparing their children for career skills in the working world.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots high school track and field team has used a combination of quantity and quality for its athletes and coaches in building a successful program in recent years. The Patriots have had depth in participant numbers for both the boys and girls programs, which has resulted in the combination nine relay or individual state titles since 2011 and two straight third-place finishes in the Class A girls' state meet standings.
C.J. Borleis, who just completed his senior year at Pequot Lakes High School, was involved in all of his team's scoring plays to help the North team defeat the South 38-19 in the Minnesota Football Coaches Association Tackle Cancer All-Star Football Game on Saturday, June 25, at St. Cloud State University. Borleis kicked five extra points and one field goal to spark the North's offense. As a safety on defense, Borleis added a fourth-quarter interception to help the North hold off any comeback bid by the South.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots High School trap shooting team finished 22nd out of 38 teams competing at the Minnesota State High School League Clay Target state competition Saturday, June 25, at the Minneapolis Gun Club. Sophomore Hunter Ebnet made 95 out of 100 targets for the Patriots while sophomore teammate Ryan Visser had his team's second best score as he broke 91. Ebnet, Visser and sophomore Matthew Fabian each shot 25 straight for Pequot Lakes, whose five shooters combined to break 443 of 500 targets.
The Pequot Lakes High School trap shooting team finished 22nd out of 38 teams competing at the Minnesota State High School League state tournament on Saturday, June 25, at the Minneapolis Gun Club. Pequot Lakes' top shooter was Hunter Ebnet, who made 95 out of 100 targets while teammate Ryan Visser broke 91. Ebnet, Visser and Matthew Fabian each shot 25 straight for Pequot Lakes, whose five shooters combined to break 443 of 500 targets. Other Pequot Lakes competitors were Jack Harguth, Kirk Johnson and alternate Collin Stattelman.
Pequot Lakes junior Chloe Bermel set a state meet record in winning the 400-meter dash while the Patriots girls' 4x800 relay of sophomores Jannah Hall, Grace McGuire and Kristin Skog and freshman Olivia Lane also triumphed at the Class A meet on Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul. Those finishes helped the Patriot girls place third in the team standings for the second straight year. Pequot Lakes girls' coach Jana Lueck said she's proud of her team, which ended nine points behind champion Minneapolis Edison.
Friday's state softball championship games for the various classes at Caswell Park in North Mankato took an scary twist when dark clouds rolled in - leading to lightning, strong winds and steady rain and hail. The experience forced teams, MSHSL staff and fans scrambling to take cover. Many people waited in their vehicles or team buses.
Pequot Lakes junior Chloe Bermel set a state meet record in winning the 400-meter dash while the Patriots girls' 4x800 relay of sophomores Jannah Hall, Grace McGuire and Kristin Skog and freshman Olivia Lane also triumphed at the Class A meet on Saturday at Hamline University in St. Paul. The finishes helped the Patriot girls place third in the team standings, nine points behind champion Minneapolis Edison.
The best season in Pequot Lakes Patriots softball history came to an end Friday, June 10, with a 7-0 loss to the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars in the Class 2A state championship game at Caswell Park in North Mankato. This season the Patriots set a program record with 25 victories in 28 games and reached the state championship game for the first time. Meanwhile the Cougars finished 26-1 after capturing their first softball title. "We're just thrilled with our season," said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent. "We played so well on the first day of state. We beat Pipestone, and they won the consolation title, and we beat Rockford, and they finished third. We just ran into a very good pitcher (the Cougars' Morgan Olson) today." Olson, a senior who will be pitching at the Division I level for North Dakota State University next season, allowed just two hits against Pequot Lakes, by Haley Wiebolt and Alex Kotaska, and only a total of four hits in three tournament wins. The left-hander also struck out 12 Patriots. "(Olson) was very good," said Wiebolt, Pequot's senior shortstop. "I think she was the best pitcher we've seen all year." Another Patriot senior, Jessica Faacks, agreed. "(Olson) threw harder than most pitchers we've seen, and she moved the ball around," Faacks said. Meanwhile, the Cougars' offense took advantage of two infield errors to score four unearned runs in the second inning. The big blow was a two-run triple by Olson. Zumbrota-Mazeppa added three runs in the fifth on RBI hits by Natalie Majerus and Kat Hodgman and a sacrifice bunt by Lyndsey Quam. With one out in the top of the seventh, the game was delayed four hours as lightning turned into heavy wind, rain and hail. The puddles around the infield and dugouts were eventually cleared, and the game resumed although the Patriots were not able to mount a comeback. Pequot Lakes pitcher Kathryn Miska allowed 10 hits, but she also had seven strikeouts. The senior set school records with 321 strikeouts and 25 pitching wins this season.