WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball wrapped up the regular season with a 58-46 loss to the Minnewaska Lakers on Saturday, Feb. 21, in Glenwood. It was the sixth straight loss for the Patriots, 11-14 overall and seeded third for the North Subsection 8AA playoffs. Pequot Lakes is scheduled to open the North Subsection 8AA quarterfinals hosting No. 6 Badger-Greenbush-Middle River at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.
Detroit Lakes downed the visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team 72-52 in a Mid-State Conference matchup on Saturday, Feb. 21. Earlier in the week, the Patriots used their depth and balanced scoring to post a pair of non-conference wins - defeating Aitkin 68-54 on Tuesday, Feb. 17, and dominating Bagley 75-29 on Thursday, Feb. 19. The Patriots, 6-3 in the conference and 16-8 overall, were scheduled to conclude the regular season at Staples-Motley on Tuesday, Feb.
The Nevis Tigers cruised past the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team 67-43 in non-conference play on Monday, Feb. 16. Gavin Becker scored 20 points while Courtland Chase and Griffin Chase each added 15 for Nevis, which improved to 21-2 overall after their fifth straight win. CJ Borleis had a team-high 13 points for the Patriots, who have lost four straight. The Patriots, 11-12 overall, are scheduled to host Staples-Motley in a Mid-State Conference game on Friday, Feb.
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity girls' basketball team defeated Wadena-Deer Creek 42-25 on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and topped Staples-Motley 58-32 on Thursday, Feb.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots are 11-9 overall after splitting a pair of non-conference home games last weekend against fellow Section 8AA opponents Roseau and Crookston. The Patriots downed Roseau 72-61 on Friday, Feb. 6, but lost to Crookston 56-55 on Saturday, Feb. 7. Pequot Lakes, 11-9 overall, was scheduled to play Pillager on Tuesday, Feb. 10, before traveling to Crosby-Ironton on Friday, Feb. 13. Crookston 56, Patriots 55 On Saturday, Jan. 7, Pequot Lakes got off to a slow start as the Pirates assumed an 14-6 lead as Jonathan Miller had 11 points for the visitors.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots' girls' basketball team split a pair of Mid-State Conference games last week. The Patriots triumphed at Wadena-Deer Creek 72-40 on Tuesday, Feb. 3, but lost 70-64 at home against Staples-Motley on Thursday, Feb. 5. Pequot Lakes, 6-2 in the conference and 14-6 overall, were scheduled to play Crosby-Ironton on Tuesday, Feb. 10, and then host Grand Rapids at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb.
The Pequot Lakes girls' basketball team improved to 12-5 overall last week with a pair of completely different wins. On Tuesday, Jan. 27, the host Patriots built a comfortable lead in the second half before holding on to edge a talented Park Rapids Panther team 58-57 in a Mid-State Conference game. Then on Thursday, Jan. 29, Pequot Lakes traveled to Sebeka to face the Trojans, who had lost just twice all year, and the Patriots pulled away in the second half for a 71-51 non-conference victory. The Patriots, 12-5 overall, were scheduled to play Wadena-Deer Creek on Tuesday, Feb.
The Pine River-Backus Tigers rallied from a two-point halftime deficit to defeat non-conference boys' basketball rival Pequot Lakes 71-66 on Monday, Feb. 2, in Pine River. It's believed to be the first time in at least 12 years that the Tigers have defeated the Patriot boys. Zach Struss scored 22 points and pulled down seven rebounds, Henry Krecklau added 19 points, Hank Raph 16, Konrad Bueckers 12 and Tony Pederson added four blocks as the Tigers snapped a 3-game losing streak. "I'm so happy for our kids tonight," said PR-B coach John Riewer.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team rallied in the second half to defeat the Panthers in a Mid-State Conference game on Friday, Jan. 30. The Panthers were looking for revenge against the Patriots following a lopsided home loss earlier this season.
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity boys' basketball team assumed a 22-13 lead on way to a 51-24 victory over Park Rapids on Friday. Jan. 30. Cody Huss led the Patriots in scoring with 13 points, Michael Plummer added 10, Nathan Traut nine and Zach Sjoblad eight. "We had a good second half when we held (Park Rapids) to just 11 points," said Pequot Lakes coach Alex Kunesh. The Pequot Lakes C-team also defeated the Panthers on Jan. 30 by a score of 70-20 after building a 41-10 halftime lead.