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High School Football: Pequot's Magnuson attains 100th career victory

Bill Magnuson

Pequot Lakes head coach Bill Magnuson attained his 100th career victory Friday, Oct. 5, as the Patriots defeated Park Rapids 32-20.

His career record is now 100-109 in 21 seasons as a head coach. This is his first season as head coach at Pequot Lakes. He was previously head coach at Windom (1995-1999) and Sauk Rapids-Rice (2000-2015).

Magnuson has led teams to four state tournaments (Windom in 1996 and 1999; Sauk Rapids in 2003 and 2010), one Prep Bowl (Windom 1996) and one state runner-up finish (Windom 1996 Class B).

Other milestones were recorded by Troy Hendricks who won his 100th career game Friday, Oct. 5, as the Bemidji Lumberjacks scored a 30-12 win over Alexandria. His career record is now 100-74 in 17 seasons as head coach, all at Bemidji (1995-2001 and 2009-2018).

Hendricks has led the Lumberjacks to five state tournaments, one Prep Bowl (2011) and one state runner-up finish (2011 Class 4A).

Carl Lemke, St. Croix Lutheran, won his 300th career game Sept. 28 with a 28-14 win over Minneapolis Washburn. Following a win Friday, Oct. 5, his career record is 301-149 in 46 seasons as a head coach. He has been head coach at St. Croix Lutheran for 24 seasons (1995-2018). He previously coached in Wisconsin at Prairie du Chien and Wisconsin Lutheran high schools.

Lemke is the seventh Minnesota head coach to achieve 300 career wins. The others (through Oct. 6):

Mike Mahlen, Verndale, 388; Ron Stolski, Brainerd, 383; Dwight Lundeen, Becker, 357; Mike Grant, Eden Prairie, 338; George Larson, Cambridge, 307, Merrill Pavlovich, Delano, 301

Lemke has led the St. Croix Lutheran Crusaders to eight state tournaments, four Prep Bowls, two state runner-up finishes (2016 Class 3A, 2017 Class 3A) and two state championships (2011 Class 3A, 2013 Class 3A).

Matt Lundeen, Redwood Valley, won his 100th career game Sept. 28 with a 16-14 overtime win over Pipestone. With a Week Six win, his career record is 101-101 in 21 seasons as a head coach, all at Redwood Valley. He has led the Cardinals to two state tournaments.

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