Packy Paquette Meet Honors a Fellow Spartan

By KBJR News 1

April 5, 2013 Updated Apr 5, 2013 at 2:56 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Francis "Packy" Paquette won plenty of medals during his time in the late 1960s at Superior High School.

"He could play any sport there was," said Bill Torguson, one of Packy's best friends. "Any sport, he was good at it. He could have done anything."

Packy chose to play football, earning a full scholarship to the University of Minnesota. He died in a car crash in 1969, leaving behind not only family and friends, but also limitless athletic talent.

"He had an exciting career to look forward to," said Susan Bombich, Packy's younger sister. "I think he was an exciting athlete to watch at the time."

The Packy Paquette Invitational is now held each year to honor Packy. Hundreds of athletes from 11 schools participated this year.

Torguson said Packy would've been proud to see the meet today.

"I think just seeing what kind of a benefit this meet is for schools up north. It's a great event for a lot of these local schools. It's great to see these kids competing. There's an awful lot of talent out here," Torguson said.

The runners today didn't know Packy, but they know of him, and respect what he did during his time at Superior.

"The captains got together and went out to his grave," said senior captain Leah Holmes. "It was inspirational. It's taken seriously because he's one of us. He was a captain, and now that we get to fill his position and do the same things he did, we want to help our team succeed like he did."

Rice Lake won both the boys' and girls' team titles this year. Hayward's Morgan Johnson and Ashland's Bryce Miller were named the meet MVP's.

For complete results from the meet, visit the White River Sports Timing website.

Posted by Sarah Wheeler
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