The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wresting team has 18 letterwinners back from a squad that finished 5-0 in the Mid-State Conference and 15-4 overall last season.
On Thursday, June 6, my wife, daughter and I attended the Joan Baez concert at the Minnesota Zoo in Apple Valley. A concert at the zoo? Yes, it is called Music in the Zoo with 30 acts playing every type of music from folk (Baez) to country (Willie Nelson) to rock (Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys) and everything in between this summer. To baby boomers (1,400 in attendance), Baez is more than a folk singer. We know her as an activist in social and political causes.
Ask any retired person what it means to be retired, and they may say it means taking a nap any time of the day. Or they may say it means going to bed whenever and getting up at the crack of noon, if wanted. And it could mean just watching TV at all hours of the day. I’ve spent more time watching TV as I have discovered stations that show the classics. “Mary Tyler Moore,” “Dick Van Dyke,” “M*A*S*H” and “Gunsmoke” are my favorites. I enjoy going to the computer to look up bios of the old TV stars. I pick up interesting facts that mean nothing to anyone else.
Annette Funicello passed away last week. To many who heard the news it meant the passing of a singer, TV star and movie star. To us older baby boomers the passing meant much more than that. It was the passing of our childhood innocence. It was the passing of America’s sweetheart — an American Icon. There was something about Annette that can not be described in today’s terms.
Senior Drey Loge was recently honored as most valuable wrestler at the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew team banquet. Loge finished with 207 team points to help the Road Crew advance to the section semifinals. Loge also finished fourth in the state and ends his career with 142-42 record. He also led the Road Crew in pins with 24, and was also the winner of the MWCA Scholarship award (only five were given out at state).
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew senior Drey Loge finished fourth at the Class AA state individual tournament on Friday and Saturday, March 1-2, at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Loge, who had a 42-3 record this season and was ranked second in his 145-pound weight class, finishes his high school career with 142 wins and two trips to state as an individual. Another state qualifier for the Road Crew was Anthony Philipson, who did not place but won two matches at 106 pounds. The junior finishes the season 32-6 overall in his second trip to state.
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team was defeated by the Detroit Lakes Lakers 33-22 in the Section 8AA semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Thief River Falls. The Road Crew had defeated East Grand Forks 69-9 earlier in the day in the section quarterfinals. Detroit Lakes was then defeated by defending champion Perham 36-26 in the section final. “We had opportunities and gave up points late in the match,” Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth said of the loss to the Lakers. “We need to work harder this week to get ready for section individuals.”
Anthony Philipson, Nick Gravdahl, and Drey Loge all won titles to help the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestlers finished second at the Morris Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 9. The Road Crew is scheduled to compete at Section 8AA team event on Saturday, Feb. 16, at Thief River Falls, and in the section individual wrestling on Feb. 22-23, at Fergus Falls. Kerkoven-Murdock-Sunberg, ranked No. 5 in the state in Class A, was first with 264.5 while the Road Crew were second with 177.
A dual meet against Grand Rapids was tied, but the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team lost by criteria 34.33 to 33.33 in non-conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 29. “We had a lot of different opportunities to get one more team point throughout the dual,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. “Grand Rapids is a really good team, but I think we let one slip away. We still have room for a lot of improvement, and losing stokes the fire inside.”
The Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestling team lost to United North Central 33-30 in a non-conference match on Thursday, Jan. 17, at Osakis. The Road Crew, 10-2 overall, is scheduled to face New York Mills on Thursday, Jan. 24, at Pequot Lakes. The Road Crew’s Drey Loge won by major decision at 152 pounds to remain undefeated at 23-0 overall. “I thought our team as a whole did a very good job,” said Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth. “The boys wrestled at a high level and the contest could have gone either way.”