WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity girls' basketball team improved to 3-0 overall after the opening week of action. The Patriots built a 37-19 lead and downed Pierz 46-38 on Tuesday, Dec. 2. Maggie Miska had 22 points and Olivia Lane added eight, Karlie Skog seven and Lindsey Johnson six. Pequot Lakes then downed Thief River Falls 47-41 after leading 30-18 at intermission on Friday, Dec. 5. Miska again led the Patriots with 22 points while Lane added 10. Pequot Lakes the defeated East Grand Forks 42-38 on Saturday, Dec. 6.
The Pequot Lakes girls' basketball team hosted a pair of non-conference opponents from northwestern Minnesota as they lost to Thief River Falls Prowlers 66-57 on Friday, Dec. 5, and defeated the East Grand Forks Green Wave 61-47 on Saturday, Dec. 6. The Patriots, 2-1 overall, was scheduled to play Pine River-Backus on Tuesday, Dec. 9, and then travel to Park Rapids on Thursday, Dec. 11. Against EGF, the Patriots jumped to an 8-0 lead sparked by a pair of baskets by Caitie Ryan. A basket by Corina Ruud later in the half extended the lead to 22-7.
Hunter Larson scored a career-high 26 points for the Pequot Lakes Patriots in their 63-32 Mid-State Conference opening win over the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Friday, Dec. 5. Larson connected on five 3-point baskets to lead the Patriots. "(W-DC) was down a little, and we didn't have too much trouble," Larson said. "My shots, especially in the first half, were really downing down. So I kept shooting." Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns was impressed by Larson's shooting. "He had 26 points on just 12 shots," Starns said of Larson, who was 5 of 10 on 3-point shots.
Gage Westlund scored 19 points for the Pequot Lakes Patriots, who made 12 three-point baskets, in their 69-33 win over the Deer River Warriors in a non-conference game on Tuesday, Nov. 25. Hunter Larson added 18 points and CJ Borleis 17 for the Patriots, who led 38-14 at the half. No player scored in double figures for Deer River. "I wondered how we would match up with them early in the year when we have not had time to scout them yet," said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns, whose team is 2-0. "Our kids are having a lot of fun, so I'm excited about the season.
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity boys' basketball team improved to 2-0 overall after defeating Aitkin 65-24 on Nov. 21, and then downing Deer River 58-28 on Nov. 25. At Aitkin, Cody Huss had 19 points, Michael Plummer added nine. and Nathan Traut and Kirk Johnson each had seven. Against Deer River, the Patriots built an 8-2 lead, sparked by a pair of baskets by Traut, and would never trail again.
Sophomore Gage Westlund came off the bench to score a game-high 16 points and help the visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team cruise past the Aitkin Gobblers 75-41 in the season opener for both teams on Friday, Nov. 21. Westlund scored 12 of the 16 points in the second half when the Patriots scored 41 points. "Gage came off the bench and gave us great energy," said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns.
Brittny Bzdok was voted offensive most valuable player while Laura Squries was the defensive MVP for the Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team at its banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 11.
The No. 3 seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines eliminated No. 6 Pequot Lakes 25-15, 22-25, 25-15, 25-22 in the South Subsection 8AA volleyball quarterfinals on Thursday, Oct. 23, at Wadena. The Wolverines' trio of Jennifer Craig, Casey Volkman and Danyel Post came up with strong efforts to send the Patriots home with a loss.
The second-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots football team pounded third-seeded Park Rapids 42-14 in the Section 8AAA semifinal on a sunny, cool Saturday, Oct. 25. "We really shut down Park Rapids' rushing game - holding them to only nine or 10 yards," said Pequot Lakes coach Chip Lohmiller. "We played pretty well, and guys like Jack Kreitz and Alex Tangen had some nice pass receptions from C.J. Borleis. And Sabastian Elsenpeter and Shae Zeidler ran the ball well.
The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots football team was defeated by Detroit Lakes 41-7 in Heart 'O Lakes North Conference action on Wednesday, Oct. 15. The unbeaten Lakers, who are ranked third in Class 4A, clinch the conference title while the Patriots, who were ranked third in Class 3A, finish the regular season 5-2 in the conference and 6-2 overall. Pequot Lakes was seeded second in Section 8AAA and received a bye from the Tuesday, Oct. 21 first round. The Patriots will host the winner between No. 3 Park Rapids and No. 6 Roseau at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.