Girls swim team has high hopes for the season

By Aleah Stenberg

With two weeks of preseason training finished, the Big Lake Swimming and Diving team is ready for their first game of the season at Foley Tuesday (Aug. 27). There are 49 girls on the team this year, the largest team Head Coach Brittany Gronewald can recall. This is Gronewald’s fourth year coaching the swim team, and second as head coach. “We’re really excited for the season,” stated Gronewald. “We have a lot of great leadership on the team and the younger ones have a lot of energy and want to learn. They’ve bonded well already and have great team chemistry.” Returning letter winners include Team Captains Cassie Jahn, Kelli Poffenberger, Sydney Butalla and Erin Ralph as well as Lauren Ireland, Sara Rebrovich, Morgan Turk, Clare Adams, Lily Noble, Laurel Pietrzak, Jordyn Robarge, Cacia Stanley-Sanford, Madison Starr, Lara Wellumson, Hannah Wessel, Maggie Knier, Laurin Ebert and Helena Lingasin. Two new coaches have joined the team this season, Assistant Coach Mary Walsh and Diving Coach Dick Adams. Also assisting Gronewald for the second year is Alyssa Freichels. The swimmers hope to bring their largest team to True Team State this year. Two years ago the team made it to True Team State, a meet that the team qualifies for with everyone’s accumulated points throughout the season, and they’d like to make it back this season. The Big Lake Swimming and Diving Team will be holding a mini golf tournament fundraiser at McPete’s Sun., Sept. 8, starting at 2 p.m. The money raised will go towards new warm-ups. Student admission is $5. Adults are $10. The first home meet will be the Relay Invitational Sat., Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. against teams from Becker, Cambridge-Isanti, Monticello, Foley, Sauk Rapids-Rice and New Prague.

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SHERBURNE COUNTY FAIR BOARD MEMBER Irene Kostreba, pictured here showing a very old poster advertising a Sherwin Linton concert, is still looking for items to display in the county fair history center. Items could be given on loan or donated to the fair board. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

FRESH FLAME BURGER serves up fast food with its own flair on Hwy. 10 in Big Lake. Clara Henderson, Kari Luckey and Jamall Whitelaw ordered their food to go from restaurant owner Gus Afrooz. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

SHERBURNE COUNTY 4-H’ers got some hands-on experience working at the 4-H foodstand at the fairgrounds Wednesday evening in preparation for the Sherburne County Fair, which starts Wednesday. About 60 kids from six different 4-H clubs learned how to grill burgers, cook fries and hot dogs and serve customers during the orientation event. Above are Big Lakers Katie Olson (left), Kirsten Olson and Taylor Muehlbauer cooking fries and Bailey Muehlbauer (right) getting hamburger buns ready. (Photo by Ken Francis.)

GRAND KNIGHT DENNIS NAGORSKI of the Knights of Columbus presented Big Lake Chief of Police Joel Scharf and Becker Chief of Police Brent Baloun with a donation of prescription drug drop-boxes for each city. Along with marijuana, prescription drugs are often abused because of easy access. Keeping them out of the water system is important to protect the environment. Now our residents have a safe way to dispose of their unwanted or out-dated medications. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).