WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
Corina Ruud and Emily Stevens were honored by the Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team at a recent awards banquet. Ruud was chosen most valuable offensive player while Stevens received most valuable defensive player for the Patriots, who finished 20-8 overall. Ruud and Stevens are joined by six other seniors for Pequot Lakes - Taya Salminen, Quinn Kratochvil, Molly Dotty, Alexia Rickard, Sam Littman and Alie Johanneck. Other letterwinners are juniors Karli Skog, Sannah Lohmiller and Clare Ganley, sophomore Britt Kratochvil and freshman Mariah Rickard.
Senior quarterback Max Tangen was selected most valuable player at a recent Pequot Lakes Patriots football team awards banquet. Tangen completed 74 of 167 passes for 1,524 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Patriots, who finished 7-4 overall. Tangen also received the Patriot Award. Chosen the team's most valuable offensive player was junior receiver Austin Young, who caught 43 passes for 973 yards and 11 touchdowns. Junior Maxx Schindel was chosen defensive MVP after leading Pequot Lakes with 58 tackles and 57 assists.
In the South Subsection 8-2A Championship volleyball match on Tuesday, Nov. 1, the top-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines sent the No. 4 Pequot Lakes Patriots home, blanking them 3-0. The Wolverines topped the Patriots by scores of 25-21, 25-14 and 25-22. "We didn't play very well in the first two games," coach Kate Dale said. "We had a three-point lead late in the game, but let that slip away."
The Pequot Lakes Patriot football team made the long trek to Fargo on Thursday, Nov. 3, but had the misfortune of going home with a 31-20 to the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels in the Section 8-3A championship game at the Fargodome. The was the fourth consecutive section title game between the two teams, with the Rebels winning all four. "I think we played great," coach Chip Lohmiller said. "We have had a lot of injuries and we don't have much depth, but the guys stepped up and played really, really well.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot volleyball team beat Barnesville in the opening round and upset Park Rapids to advance to the subsection finals. Pequot 3, Park Rapids 1 In Park Rapids on Friday, Oct. 28, the Patriots volleyball team upset the top-seeded Park Rapids Panthers 3-1 to move on to the South Subsection 8-2A title game. The Panthers won the first game 25-19 before the Patriots won the next three by scores of 25-20, 25-14 and 25-23.
The fourth-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots football team upset the top-seeded Aitkin Gobblers 14-0 in the Section 8AAA semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Patriots, 7-3 overall after five straight wins, advance to face Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in section final at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Fargodome. Pequot Lakes assumed a quick 7-0 lead on Nathan Traut's 2-yard carry. The scoring drive was set up by a fumble recovery at the Gobblers' 30-yard line.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team managed to blank the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 3-0 in a Mid-State Conference match on Tuesday, Oct. 18. They did so behind 13 kills and four blocks by Corina Ruud and 17 set assists by Quinn Kratochvil along with her ace serve and three digs. The Patriots won by game scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-19 to finish the regular season with a record of 20-7. "I don't think we played our best but we did OK at times, and the Rangers are a pretty good team with a strong hitter in Shyanne Loiland," Coach Kate Dale said.
The Patriots football team hosted the East Grand Forks Green Wave for Senior Night on Wednesday, Oct. 19, and managed to shut out their opponent 27-0 to close the regular season with their third consecutive victory. The team tallied 296 yards of total offense while holding the Green Wave to 130 yards. The game started with the Patriots getting three first downs after receiving the kickoff. However, a costly block-in-the-back penalty led to Pequot Lakes turning the ball over on the East Grand Forks 30-yard line.
Junior Deven Psyck scored three touchdowns and ran for two two-point conversions in a 34-14 victory over Thief River Falls in a Midwest Red Subdistrict game on Friday, Oct. 14. The first quarter proved to be scoreless as the two teams seemed to be feeling each other out to see what they could do to get the game's first score. With 6:03 left in the first quarter, the Patriots got the first chance when Patriots fullback Calvin Maske broke loose for a 37-yard run, giving Pequot Lakes a first-and-goal at the Prowlers' 9-yard line.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team earned their 17th victory of the season by downing the Thief River Falls Prowlers 3-1 on Tuesday, Oct. 11. The team won the first game by a score of 25-21 with the Prowler's taking the second game 25-15 before the Patriots put the match away with 25-22 and 25-23 victories. Corina Ruud led the Patriots with 16 kills, two blocks and two digs; Sam Littman had six kills, four ace serves and two blocks while Quinn Kratochvil had 32 set assists, two kills and a block. Thief River Falls 21 25 22 23