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It didn't take long for Pequot Lakes graduate Vanessa Lane to make her mark on the South Dakota State University track and field program. After an admirable indoor track season, Lane recently completed a memorable outdoor season for the Division I Jackrabbits with a pair of bronze medal finishes at the Summit League Track & Field Championships on Thursday, May 14, in MaComb, Ill. "My indoor track season was good, and I just wanted to keep improving," Lane said of the outdoor season, "but the (Summit) meet went much better than I expected." Lane earned Summit League All-Conference honors aft
The Pequot Lakes girls finished first while the Patriots boys were second at the TDS Invitational track and field meet on Friday, May 15, in Pequot Lakes. The Patriots won eight girls' event titles to finish with 200 points and edge runner-up Little Falls with 194. Among the wins were eighth grader Olivia Lane, who broke a school record from 1981 in winning the 800-meter run in 2:21.74.
Medical setbacks have ended the playing careers of many athletes. But physical setbacks helped introduce two standout senior athletes to track and field at Pine River-Backus High School. Both Megan Porta and Henry Krecklau are accomplished athletes in sprints, relays and field events for the Tigers.
The Pine River-Backus boys won the Northland Conference title while the PR-B girls finished second in the Northwoods Six Conference meet on Thursday, May 7, in Walker. Henry Krecklau set school records in winning the 200-meter dash, and the long and triple jumps for the Tigers, who compiled 173 points while runner-up Walker-Hackensack-Akeley had 131.5. Other PR-B winners were Anthony Pederson in the high jump and the 4x100 relay of Bryce Wolske, Dillon Silcox, Pederson and Chris Haman and the 4x800 relay of Konrad Bueckers, Josh Sechser, Justin Potz and Luke Downie. "Our boys have been comp
Chloe Bermel scored two runner-up finishes to lead the Pequot Lakes Patriots in second place at Section 8AA True Team track and field meet on Tuesday, May 5, at Detroit Lakes. The host Lakers were first with 693 while the Patriots followed with 571. Bermel was second in the 100- and 200-meter dashes while Pequot Lakes' 4x100 relay of Brittny Bzdok, Grace McGuire, Mirjana Ganley and Bermel placed first.
First-place finishes from Chloe Bermel, Olivia Lane and Catie Ryan led the Pequot Lakes girls' track and field team to a victory at the John Reimer Invitational on Thursday, April 30, in Pillager. Bermel won the 100-meter dash, Lane paced the 400 dash and Ryan captured the 800 run as the Patriots finished first with 115 points while Holdingford was second with 94.5 Pequot Lakes also won the 4x100, 4x400 and 4x800 relay races. "It was a great day for a track meet," said Pequot Lakes girls' coach Jana Lueck. "As our weather improves we are able to work on fine tuning many of our events.
Eagle View Elementary School teacher Lisa Martini has been promoting the Elks Hoop Shoot at her Breezy Point school for the past 14 years. "I would see the registration forms when we participated each year, and notice that regional champions would advance to Massachusetts for the Nationals," she recalled of the basketball shooting competition.
The Pequot Lakes boys finished first while the Patriot girls were second at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley track and field meet on Thursday, April 23. Also at the meet, the Pine River-Backus boys were third while the Tiger girls finished seventh. Individually, Henry Krecklau of PR-B won the 200-meter dash and long and triple jump titles. "Henry had personal bests in both the long jump and 200," said PR-B coach Tom Demars. "He is posting some times that will be competitive throughout the season.
The Pequot Lakes girls' golf team finished second after losing a tiebreaker to Detroit Lakes at the Park Rapids Invitational on Monday, April 27, at Headwaters Golf Club. The Patriots and a Lakers both combined for a 326 score from their top four golfers. Detroit Lakes then won by three strokes on the fifth player tiebreaker. "Detroit Lakes is ranked No. 1 in the state, and I think we're No. 2," said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team hosts a big Mid-State Conference home doubleheader against the Park Rapids Panthers at 2 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. It might seem strange to talk about the Patriots playing in a "big" conference game, especially after five straight seasons of losing records against Mid-State opponents. But this spring has been different. The Patriots are off to their best start in six years with a 6-1-1 record, including 4-1-1 mark against conference opponents.