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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.
The European golf squad has won three straight Ryder Cup titles going into their match against the United States this week at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska. A similar, but smaller, version of a cross-Atlantic golf competition called the Cider Cup was played earlier this month in Minnesota, including rounds at four area courses. And in the end, a squad representing players from Northern Ireland also captured their third straight title against a team of American golfers, who are mostly of retirement age with Minnesota connections.
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.