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The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots and host Pine River-Backus Tigers split a non-conference doubleheader on Friday, April 22. The Tigers won the first game 3-2 while the Patriots bounced back with a 10-2 win behind a 12-hit attack. In the first game, PR-B pitcher Joe Davidson allowed two runs on six hits to earn the win while Zac Sjoblad took the loss after allowing three runs on eight hits. PR-B's Spencer Richards went 3-for-3 in the first game. Chad Christianson homered for Pequot Lakes while teammate Devan Psyck doubled.
Senior pitcher Kathryn Miska struck out the first 16 batters she faced and Alex Kotaska homered to give Class AA's fifth-ranked Pequot Lakes Patriots a 5-0 non-conference girls' softball win over Pierz on Friday, April 22. Miska finished with 18 strikeouts, which is believed to be a Pequot Lakes program record. She allowed just one hit, a double by Claire Reardon. "(Miska) was really in a zone today, and almost untouchable," Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent said of the senior who pitched her fifth shutout.
Tigers Take First Loss Nick Ackerman pitched seven innings and struck out three batters as the Pine River-Backus Tigers picked up their first loss of the season against the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves 1-4 Thursday, April 21. Missed opportunities hurt the Tigers as they stranded 10 runners on base even though they had seven hits. Timmy Bardeaux and Zach Struss both went 2-4 at bat for the Tigers, whose one run came in the bottom of the first inning. Walker-H-A 4 9 1 PR-Backus 1 8 1
The Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team finished 3-0 to win the Frazee Invitational in season opening action on Saturday April 16. The Patriots used the admirable pitching of Kathryn Miska and Taya Salminen along with solid hitting like Laura Squires, who was 9 for 12 with six RBI, to beat the Roseau Rams 10-0 and Staples-Motley 18-0 before downing the Dilworth/Glyndon/Felton Rebels 5-1 in the title game. "(D-G-F) was a good team, but (Kathryn) Miska pitched well, and we got some key hits late in the game to win," said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball downed the Upsala-Swanville Patriots 7-1 on Thursday, April 14, behind the the hitting of Anthony Tizzano and Jared Sewall and the pitching of Ethan Lehman and Chad Christianson. Tizzano went 3-3 at the plate with two doubles and three RBI and a run while Sewall went 3-4 with three doubles and two runs. On the mound, Lehman picked up the win while pitching five innings, striking out four, allowing four hits and allowing one run. Offensively, he singled and drove in a run on a bases-loaded walk.
The fifth-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriot girls' basketball team fell 78-65 to the fourth-seeded Roseau Rams in the opening round of the Class AA state tournament on Wednesday, March 16, at the University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena. The Patriots, making their fourth state appearance in the past six seasons, finish 27-4 overall.
After a 14-14 season, the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team held its annual banquet on Monday, March 14. At the event, senior Hunter Larson was named the team's most valuable player. Patriots coach Ben Starns began the event by thanking his coaching staff, members of the press and his players for their hard work for the team. He also thanked parents and fans for their support throughout the season. "I think that, at away games, we sometimes had more fans there than the host team had."
Patriots 68, I. Falls 51 On Thursday, March 10, the second-seeded Patriots downed the International Falls Broncos, the top seed in Section 7-AA North, 68-51 to move onto the title game. The Broncos kept the game close in the early minutes before the Patriots went on an 11-0 run, finished by Morgan Lohmiller sinking a layup off an assist from Olivia Lane. The Patriots closed out the first half with a 14-3 run to break the game open with a lead of 45-28 at the break. Haley Wiebolt had 15 points and Olivia Lane had 14 in the opening stanza.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team, seed second in the South half of the Section 7AA playoffs, played admirable defense in downing No. 3 Crosby-Ironton 66-41 in the Section 7AA quarterfinals on Saturday, March 5, at Duluth Denfeld High School. Pequot Lakes, 25-3 overall after its seventh straight victory, is scheduled to face the International Falls Broncos, seeded No. 1 in the North half, in the section semifinals at 5:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, and the University of Minnesota-Duluth. That winner plays for the section title on Saturday, March 12, also at UMD.
On Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Pequot Lakes Patriot girls place four in double figures as they chalked up their 22nd win of the season in a win over Sebeka by a score of 78-50. Haley Wiebolt led the way with 18 points for the Pats, while Corina Ruud added 14. Olivia Lane had 12 and Karli Skog pitched in 10. The Patriots went on an early 10-0 run behind to 3-pointers and a layup by Wiebolt. Shortly after that, an 8-0 run off baskets by Ruud, Wiebolt and Sam Littman gave Pequot Lakes a 21-9 lead. The Patriots went into halftime with a 48-21 lead.