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Crosby-Ironton 64, Pequot Lakes 50 In a mid-state conference boys basketball game in Crosby on Tuesday, Jan. 5. The Crosby-Ironton Rangers lit up the scoreboard with a three-point salvo to build a 34-20 halftime lead and they made it hold up for a 64-50 win over the Pequot Lakes Patriots. Evan Edmundson led the Rangers onslaught as he scored 17 points, including five from beyond the average as the Rangers torched the nets with an eight or 15 showing (72 percent) on the long banks.
Senior Katie White pitched a pair of no-hit games for Pequot Lakes as the visiting Patriots swept Crosby-Ironton 11-0 and 17-0 in a pair of Mid-State Conference five-inning games on Monday, May 5. White struck out 12 compared to only four walks across both shutouts as the Patriots won 11-0 in the first game and 17-0 in the nightcap. She also went 4-7 with four runs and seven RBI combined for both games. Erin Rudbeck knocked the Patriot’s only extra base hit with a double in the first game while adding three RBI. The visitors combined for 12 hits.
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity girls’ basketball team was edged by Mountain Iron-Buhl 53-48 in overtime on Thursday, Dec. 19. The Patriots built a 13-5 lead early, but the remainder of the game was very competitive with the score tied at 26-26 and the game tied 44-44 at the end of regulation as Corina Ruud’s short jumper sent the game into overtime. The extra period was tied at 48 on a basket by Pequot Lakes’ Laura Squires and Jessica Faacks, but the Rangers scored the final five points to win.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team improved to 2-0 overall with a dominating 58-37 road victory over the Deer River Warriors in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 26. The Patriots assumed a 29-22 halftime lead behind 10 first-half points by Connor Davich. Four Pequot Lakes players finished in double-digit scoring as the Patriots handed Deer River its second straight loss.
Two Pequot Lakes’ seniors received special recognition in the Heart ‘O Lakes North Conference at the Patriots’ football team banquet on Thursday, Nov. 14. Justin Mackenthun was chosen most valuable linebacker while teammate Chris Westman received most valuable defensive lineman for the conference.
The Pequot Lakes’ 16-under fast-pitch summer softball team tied visiting Perham 1-1 in the opener and then triumphed 10-0 in the second game on Wednesday, July 10. Pequot Lakes will play at the state tournament on Saturday, July 20, at Chanhassen. The opener against Perham was tied 1-1 after five innings. The game finished as a tie after the teams failed to score in one extra inning.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys’ basketball team has had their share of illness and injuries this season. First, senior starter Jordan Redmond had mononucleosis to open the season. Then Tyler Tappe injured his knee, and then Travis Jacobson suffered a severe sprained ankle. And finally sophomore Brandon Hehir was pulled up from the junior varsity team to earn his first varsity start. But the woes continued for coach Garry Grewe’s squad as Hehir was lost for the season after suffering a broken leg in a snowmobile accident.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls’ basketball team assumed an early 16-0 lead and cruised past the Park Rapids Panthers 88-47 in a Mid-State Conference game on Tuesday, Jan. 29. Kayla Miller had eight points in the early run while teammate Vanessa Lane added six. The Panthers didn’t score until Charity Ridlon hit a 3-point shot with 12:55 left in the opening half.
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity boys’ basketball team split two home games – losing to the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 52-50 on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and then defeating Grand Rapids 51-38 on Thursday, Jan. 10. Against C-I, the Patriots enjoyed a 25-24 lead at the half. Jack Kreitz scored a game-high 17 points for Pequot Lakes while Connor Davich added 12, Jon Bocklund six, and Brandon Hehir and Jackson Goerges each had four.
The visiting Brainerd Warriors remained unbeaten with an 82-38 pounding of the Pequot Lakes Patriots in a non-conference boys’ basketball game on Monday, Jan.14. The Warriors, who improved to 9-0 overall, and are off to their best start since the 1965-66 season when Brainerd started 10-0. Brainerd took advantage of 39 turnovers to score 40 of their points. The Patriots, 5-7 overall, are scheduled to host Mid-State Conference opponents in their next two games – facing Wadena-Deer Creek on Friday, Jan. 18, and Detroit Lakes on Tuesday, Jan. 22.