Between the weather, high school tournaments and the reunion of the 2009 Pelican Rapids High  School state champion boys basketball team, it’s been a wild couple of weeks in the greater Pelican area. 

As a “transplant” who missed the state tournament exploits of past Pelican Rapids sports teams, it has been interesting to learn about the community’s sports history. 

Heartbroken Lady Viking Pelican Rapids senior Adriana Torres, after the emotional loss to Ada-Borup March 5–depriving the Lady Vikings of a likely trip to the Minnesota state basketball tournament. Torres and all her teammates can be proud of the squad’s success–throughout their careers. Her final season lifted Torres to second place in all time scorers, with 1,531 point–behind Mackenzie Korf’s 2,112. Torres is also second place in all time rebounds, at 759–behind Erika Morgan, who netted 769 rebounds form 2008-2012.

The Pelican girls suffered a heartbreaking loss last week.  In all probability, the 26-2 Lady Vikings were literally a couple points away from a trip to the state tournament.  

But the ladies can hold their heads high–it was a great season and an exciting conclusion, even though they came up short.  

The fans were extremely supportive, filling a good share of the bleacher real estate at Concordia for the intense March 5 game against Ada-Borup. 

 Read about the girls elsewhere in this edition of the Press, in a special four-page supplement. 

We don’t want to overlook our other athletes. The Valkyries dance team is always in the tick of the competition. The Pelican wrestling team is in a good position to be competitive in the future, and our lone state tourney contender in 2019, Matty Ziebell, is only a junior–so just wait till next year.

The Pelican boys basketball team? The squad’s 10-17 record for the season was a bit deceiving. Led by four seniors, Hayden Christenson, Reggie Funk, Eli Sytsma and Damien Britten, these guys played hard and, by all accountsssasa, were a really fun team to watch. With several strong underclassmen coming up, keep your eye on the Pelican boys next year.

The Press would like to commend all of the Pelican Rapids athletes, coaches and fans. Also, our thanks to our friends in business, who bought advertising to support the special section this week.