The growth in the participation numbers for high school trap shooting in Minnesota has been admirable over the past four years.
It began when Jim Sable started a high school trap shooting team with 10 students in Hopkins in 2001.
Seniors Vanessa Lane and Tyler Tappe were selected most valuable athletes as the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys and girls swept team titles at the Aurora Borealis indoor track and field meet on Tuesday, April 8, at Bemidji State University.
Katie White has been a valuable multi-sport athlete for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in recent years.
Next year, she will take those athletic talents to the University of Wisconsin-Superior as a member of the Yellowjackets' basketball and softball teams.
Pine River-Backus softball coach Jason Roepke will be looking for players to step in and replace five seniors who graduated from last year's team that finished 8-1 in the Upper Mississippi Conference and 12-4 overall.
The Pequot Lakes boys' and girls' track program has both quantity and quality.
The Patriots have almost 100 athletes participating at all levels of track and field. That group includes more than 30 letterwinners, and a dozen state qualifiers.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots are coming off possibly the best season in program history last spring after finishing 9-1 in the Mid-State Conference, 19-4 overall and claiming their first Section 6AA championship.
Just call it "Wagner-mania."
In almost 40 years of covering high school sports, I don't think I've seen anything quite like what happened Wednesday, March 19, at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena.
Numerous records were set in Pequot Lakes 100-68 girls' basketball lossto New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva in the Class AA statequarterfinals on Wednesday, March 19, at Mariucci Arena in Minneapolis....