Alum of 1984 state champs watched daughter play for Sauk Centre
The 2019-20 high school basketball season was very special for Pelican Rapids native Pat Westby, currently school superintendent in Sauk Centre.
Westby, who became superintendent in Sauk Centre on July 1, 2016, watched with pride this year when his daughter McKenna, a senior, played for the Mainstreeters in the state high school girls basketball tournament.
Number two rated Sauk Centre lost in Class AA opening round action to Providence Academy and then fell to New London-Spicer in consolation play.
This was prior to the tournament being canceled by the Minnesota State High School League due to the coronavirus.
In 2018 the Mainstreeter girls won the State Class AA basketball title over Roseau, finishing with a perfect 33-0 record. McKenna Westby was a sophomore on that state title team.
Pat Westby, a 1984 Pelican Rapids High School graduate, was a star player for the 1984 Pelican Rapids Vikings’ state basketball title squad.
“While I grew up in Pelican Rapids, my wife Cathy and our children Isaiah and McKenna are proud to call Sauk Centre home,” says Westby on the school website.
Westby began his career in education as a teacher for three years at Pipestone in southwestern Minnesota.
Then it was on to Moorhead where he taught five years in that school system. While teaching in Moorhead, he obtained a Masters Degree in curriculum and instruction from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.
Starting in 1997, Westby took a break from education and worked four years on the family farm southeast of Pelican Rapids. During this period of time he was able to work toward his principal licensure through Minnesota State University, Moorhead.
Westby served as assistant principal for two years in Red Wing, worked one year as elementary principal in Moorhead, served three years at WCA (Barrett-Elbow Lake area) as grade school principal and worked one year as principal of an elementary school in Alexandria.
He began work as superintendent at WCA in Barrett, south of Elbow Lake, on July 1, 2008.
“It was an enjoyable and challenging eight years at WCA,” said Westby. “My work there prepared me well for my current role as superintendent here in Sauk Centre.”