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Sue (Dugan) Moline was 17 years old back in the summer of 1969 when her family was on a two-week vacation on Lake Roosevelt in Outing. On the fourth day of the trip - Aug. 6, 1969 - Moline remembers water skiing on a warm, sunny day. "I was excited to learn how to ski slalom," Moline recalled. But she never had a chance. In fact, Moline would never water ski again as her life changed later that day.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team opens the season with a veteran lineup, especially on the pitching mound where they return three senior pitchers who had a combined earned-run average of 3.32 with 11 wins. Those starting pitchers included seniors Marcus Klein and Austin Meister, who both had four wins, and Cameron Anderson, who won three games. Meister compiled a team-high 29 strikeouts and a 4.79 ERA, Anderson had 23 strikeouts and a team-leading 1.95 ERA and Klein had 16 strikeouts and an admirable 2.33 ERA.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots have some key positions to fill in their softball lineup as they aim to continue the winning tradition of recent years. The Patriots graduated seven players, including five who played on the Patriots' state runner-up team in 2016. "We have a good nucleus (coming back), but we lose the whole left side of our infield and outfield and we lose our catcher," said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent, who has compiled 319 wins in 27 sesons as head coach. "We are going to need to have some younger players step up."
The Pequot Lakes Patriots' boys and girls track and field teams proved that they're among the top teams in the state the past two seasons. The boys won the Class A title and the girls placed third last year and both teams were state runners-up in 2017. Now, they're working hard this spring to stay near the top. Graduate Reid Pierzinski single-handedly scored all the points for his team as the Patriots finished first at the Class A meet, marking the first time it has happened in the history of the MSHSL state boys' meet.
Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew wrestler Connor Tulenchik gained a valuable experience at the Class 2A State individual wrestling tournament Friday, March 1, at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. Tulenchik only wrestled one match - losing to Hibbing's David Platt 12-9 in the opening round. But, if the freshman stays healthy and continues to work hard, he could build on his state experience with future opportunities, according to Road Crew coach Travis Hoffarth.
The Pequot Lakes girls' basketball team's home playoff game at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28 will have special meaning for Patriots' head coach Katrina Moody. No. 3 seeded Pequot Lakes will be hosting the No. 6 Barnum Bombers in the Subsection 7-2A quarterfinals. As a high school player, Moody (Katrina Newman) was a three-time Class A all-tournament pick who helped Barnum make four state appearances, including winning the Class A title in 2010.
The Pine River-Backus girls' basketball team is hoping to build on its regular season success when the Tigers open the playoffs Thursday, Feb. 28. PR-B, which has won 16 straight games to improve to 22-4 overall, is seeded No. 2 in the North Subsection 5A playoffs and host No. 7 Browerville at 7 p.m. "We did beat Browerville 80-31 earlier this year, but they are playing better and anything can happen in the playoffs," PR-B coach Randy Schwegel said. "We just need to continue playing well."
The Pine River-Backus boys' basketball team has won six straight games after downing McGregor 70-42 on Thursday, Feb. 21, and is now close to equallying the most wins in a recent season. The Tigers, who were 21-6 in the 2015-16 season, have won eight of nine games and were 20-4 overall before facing Onamia Tuesday, Feb. 26.
The Pierz Pioneers rallied past the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew 40-29 in the Section 8-2A quarterfinals on Saturday, Feb. 15, in Thief River Falls. The Road Crew enjoyed a slim lead after Tim Ryan's pin at 182 pounds, but then dropped the final three matches as the Pioneers advanced. Perham then dominated Pierz 57-11 in the semifinals and downed Detroit Lakes 48-12 to defend its section 8-2A team title.
United North Central of Sebeka built an early 18-0 lead and cruised past the Pequot Lakes/Pine River-Backus Road Crew 45-23 in the final regular season match. Austin Staricha (126 pounds) and Connor Tulenchik both won by major decision for the Road Crew, but UNC was too much as it registered seven pins.