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Wiebolt chosen most valuable player for Patriot netters

Freshman Haley Wiebolt was honored as the most valuable player on the Pequot Lakes tennis team as a banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 18.

Wiebolt finished with a 24-6 record at No. 1 singles. The three-year letterwinner has compiled a 75-12 career record.

Other awards included: sophomore Carly Fyle, the most improved player after finishing 22-8 at No. 2 doubles; freshman Lauren Bengtson, the hardest worker award after finishing 26-4 at No. 2 doubles; junior Elle Erholtz, the Patriot Spirit Award after going 26-2 at No. 2 doubles; and Ellie Heggerston, the Senior Leader Award after finishing 22-8 at No. 1 doubles.

Head coach Monica Sergent also honored the team for receiving the Academic Gold State Award for having a grade-point average over 3.75. Heggerston, who had a 51-31 career record, also made the Academic All-State team.

The Patriots finished 5-1 in the Mid-State Conference and 14-4 overall.

“We had a very successful year,” Sergent said. “We placed second (behind Staples-Motley) in the Mid-State tournament and second at the highly competitive Moose tourney in Brainerd, and we won the Wadena-Deer Creek tourney. The girls worked hard and were supportive of each other.”

All-Mid-State Conference honors will be announced at a later date.

One other freshman lettered on varsity – Finnish exchange student Eevi Vaahto, who had a 6-2 varsity record and 11-3 on junior varsity at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Other junior letterwinners were Erika Monson, 20-6 at No. 3 doubles; and Jaden Lindner, 18-12 at No. 2 singles. One other sophomore letterwinner was Madison Galligan, who had a 16-6 record between No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Other freshmen letterwinners included Alex Nelson, 16-10 at No. 3 singles; Sydney Holt, 23-4 at No. 4 singles and No. 3 doubles.

Junior varsity players included seniors Kim Jessen, who has 1-1 on varsity and 13-4 on JV, and Maria Schommer, 2-1 on varsity and 6-5 on JV. Sophomores on junior varsity were Abby Abear, 13-4; Colleen Tschida, 9-6; and Carlee Washeck, 7-6. Freshmen on JV were Brittany Knox, 7-2, Allie Olson, 5-2; Bella Abear, 7-5; Julie Teich, 7-5; and Renee Anick, 5-8.

Sergent thanked the four seniors for their leadership and encouraged the returning players to “work hard” during the offseason.