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Imagine working on something, but rarely seeing live results of your efforts. Terry Holden is familiar with that scenario. For the past 40 seasons, he has been a football scout and assistant coach for the Backus and Pine River-Backus (PR-B) football teams. On game nights, instead of watching the Wolverines or Tigers, the 56-year-old Holden has been doing advance scouting of the next opponent. "I'm used to being on the road, and not being able to watch our team play," he said. "Hardly ever seeing our team play is the hardest part, but it's more important that I'm scouting.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots tennis team defeated Sauk Centre 5-2 and blanked Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 7-0 in a non-conference triangular meet on Monday, Sept. 15, at Sauk Centre. The Patriots, 14-2 overall and ranked No. 7 in Class A, are scheduled to host Park Rapids at 4:15 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 19. Haley Wiebolt advanced to 22-3 after two No. 1 singles victories for Pequot Lakes. Carly Fyle won at No. 2 and No. 3 singles for the Patriots and Madison Galligan won at No. 3 and No. 4 singles. Singles No. 1: Haley Wiebolt 2-0 No. 2: Sydney Holt 1-0, Carly Fyle 1-0 No.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots tennis team finished second behind Brainerd at the Brainerd Moose tournament on Saturday, Sept. 6. The Warriors compiled 25 points, followed by the Patriots with 19 and Roseau 18. The Patriots, who were the defending tourney champions, were led by No. 1 singles player Haley Wiebolt's first-place finish and No. 2 player Sydney Holt's runner-up finish. "We had a strong team showing, especially for pool play," said Pequot Lakes coach Monica Sergent. "Haley (Wiebolt) had a big day, and is now 18-2 overall and ranked No. 7 in Class A.
An old city of Nisswa population sign greets visitors at the end of Ted Dullum's driveway on Upper Roy Lake. Moving closer to his home there's a license plate on a vehicle that also displays the word "Nisswa." And an expired license plate with "Nisswa" is nailed on Dullum's garage. It's pretty obvious that Nisswa is a special community for the 81-year-old Dullum. On Monday night, Sept.
Haley Wiebolt and Sydney Holt both raised their records to 12-2 with a pair of wins as the Pequot Lakes Patriots defeated Roseau 4-3 and East Grand Forks 7-0 on Thursday, Aug. 28, in Perham. "(Roseau) was an important match against a team from our section," said coach Monica Sergent, whose Patriots improved to 10-1 and is ranked sixth in Class A. "Roseau has an athletic team, and sometimes they are hard to put away, so it was a good win for us.
One advantage of writing the high school preview stories for the 2014 Echo Journal Fall Sports section in today's edition is becoming familiar with the athletes and coaches for the Pequot Lakes Patriots and Pine River-Backus Tigers. It's also an opportunity to mark the calendar for big games and meets against some of the top competitors in the conference and section. Here's a sneak peak at some big dates for each of the Pequot Lakes and PR-B fall teams: Pequot Lakes football: This pick is easy. Mark your calendar for Friday, Oct. 3.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots tennis team finished tied for third place at the St. Cloud Tech doubles tournament on Saturday, Aug. 23. The host Tigers finished first with 13 points, followed by Becker with 10, Pequot Lakes, Cold Spring Rocori and Foley with six, and Staples-Motley with four. "A doubles tournament was a fun change of pace for us," said Pequot Lakes coach Monica Sergent. "The competition was tough, which was good. Tech is one ot the top teams in the state, and Becker is also very competitive." The Patriots are scheduled to play a quadrangular meet at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug.
The Nisswa Lighting amateur baseball team advanced to the second round of the Class C state tournament after defeating the Waseca Braves 4-2 on Saturday, Aug. 23. The Lightning, 25-6 overall, will face St. Patrick at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 30, in Jordan. Two other Victory League teams, Fort Ripley and Sobieski, also advanced and join Nisswa among the final 16 teams. Waseca, the Region 5 champion, finishes 28-4 overall. "We've watched St. Patrick play a couple times over the past two weekends," said Nisswa player/manager Aaron Jenkins. "They look similar to us.
Most families face difficult career decisions at least once in their lives. Josh and Nicole Hirschey were in that situation this spring. For the past decade, the couple lived in Pine River. That worked for Nicole since she works from home and also lives near her family as a 1997 Pine River-Backus High School graduate. But the location was a challenge for Josh because of his daily trips as a teacher/volleyball coach at Hill City High School, which is more than an hour trip northeast of Pine River. "I had enough of the driving," Josh recalled.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots tennis team and its No. 1 singles player Haley Wiebolt are both off to 4-1 starts after the opening weekend of play. On Saturday, Aug. 16, the Patriots defeated Lakeville South 5-2 and Osakis 4-3 while losing to Hutchinson 6-1 in a home opening triangular meet. Against Lakeville South, Wiebolt earned her 100th career victory with 6-2, 6-4 win over Katie Sourbeck 6-2, 6-4. "It was pretty cool," Wiebolt said of the milestone. "Getting 100 wins has been a goal of mine since I started playing varsity in seventh grade.