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Pine River-Backus graduate Katie Wangberg has been around the sport of volleyball for most of her life. If she has her way, that won't change any time soon. The 2011 PR-B grad transitioned right from playing college volleyball to coaching it and is currently serving as graduate assistant coach for the Mayville State University volleyball team.
The Pequot Lakes School Board renewed Superintendent Chris Lindholm's contract, agreeing to a three-year contract. The board unanimously agreed to renew the contract Monday, Oct. 15, giving Lindholm high marks for his performance in the 2017-18 school year.
Running back Zach Jorgens scored on runs of 6 and 2 yards to lead the Pequot Lakes football team to a 28-7 win over Thief River Falls on Friday, Oct. 12, in a Midwest Red Subdistrict game. With the win, the Patriots moved to 4-3 overall while the Prowlers dropped to 0-7. The Prowlers surprised the Patriots early by leading off with an onside kick - one they were able to recover. Despite failing to score on that opening drive, Thief River Falls did score the first touchdown of the game on their next drive.
In his report to the Crosslake Community School Board on Monday, Oct. 8, Director Todd Lyscio outlined enrollment numbers for the current year. The school began the new year with 248 students, and that number grew to 252. This marks the first time the school's enrollment has exceeded 250 students. "It was 81 (students) when I started here," teacher and board member Lance Swanson said. Enrollment has increased by 42 since October of last year and 52 from the year before.
With a 3-0 victory over Northome-Kelliher on Friday, Oct. 5, the Pine River-Backus volleyball team improved its overall record to 18-1. The team lost its first game of the season to Cannon Falls. Since then, they have only made changes to the win column of their record - all of this after a state tournament appearance the season before, with every athlete from that team returning for this season. A primary reason for this success, if you ask the athletes, is communication and teamwork, which is coming easily this season.
New-to-the-area freshman Megan Muller was named the Patriot tennis team's most valuable player at the team's season-end banquet on Thursday, Oct. 4. Playing the entire season at No. 1 singles, Muller amassed a record of 22-3 and beat several state-qualifying athletes from the previous season. "It might be a bit of an understatement to say that we are really happy that Megan and her family came to our school district," coach Monica Sergent said. "Not only is she an excellent tennis player, she is a very nice person and immediately made friends with her teammates."
I've complained about the spring season here a few times. Summer is too warm, and winter goes on too long. Now it's time for my favorite season of the year. For those of you saying fall started on Sept. 22, if every tree is still green and it's 70 degrees outside, it's not really fall. I don't care what the calendar says. Regardless, the leaves are changing and the weather is chilly without being frigid. It is safe to say we are officially in the middle of fall.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys finished 13th as a team and the girls ended the day in 11th place at the Perham Invitational Thursday, Oct. 4. Calia Chaney, the Patriots' top runner, finished 26th in the girls race with a time of 19:58 - second-best 5K time in Patriot girls history. "This is her second meet back after coming off a pulled glute muscle," Coach Jeff Brever said. "Calia is slowly getting back to her top notch performances. With still being a little cautious and running smart with her races"
This past weekend, I feel like I witnessed Twins history - which is weird to say, since I was watching the final game in the team's sixth losing season in the past eight years. The game was possibly Joe Mauer's final game with the Twins and the final game of his professional career. If it wasn't his final game, it sure as heck felt like it.
In a work session Monday, Oct. 1, the Pequot Lakes School Board continued discussions on the district's 2019 tax levy. In its regular meeting Monday, Sept. 24, the board agreed to certify the maximum preliminary levy for 2018, payable in 2019. Business manager Heidi Hagen informed the board that the district conservatively anticipates an enrollment of 1,756 students for the 2019-20 school year. Hagen also expects the need to hire four new full-time employees to compensate for any increases in enrollment and believes salary increases will range from 3 to 5 percent.