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The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys basketball team split its games last week, falling to St. Cloud Cathedral before beating Aitkin on the road. Patriots 72, Aitkin 48 At Aitkin on Thursday, Jan. 11, Jordan Schommer led the team with 20 points while Chase Larson had 11 and Austin Young and Tyler Manley eached scored 10 as the Patriots topped the Gobblers 72-48 and moved to 5-0 in the conference. The team managed to connect on six 3-pointers while making 60 percent of their free throws. Pequot Lakes 34 38—72 Aitkin 31 17—48 PEQUOT LAKES
The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team picked up a victory early in the week, but fell in two games on consecutive nights to go 1-2 on the week. Patriots 59, Cardinals 47 On Tuesday, Jan. 9, the Patriots downed the Staples-Motley Cardinals 59-47 in a Mid-State Conference matchup, with junior forward Olivia Lane lead the way with a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds. The Patriots never trailed in the game, building a 34-25 halftime edge behind 18 first-half points by Lane.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team gained a split in two games last week, as they fell to Perham 60-47 on Tuesday, Jan. 2 before besting the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 52-34 on Friday, Jan. 5, behind 25 points by Olivia Lane and 14 by Karli Skog. Patriots 52, Rangers 34 The Patriots held onto a 19-17 lead at the half before outscoring the Rangers 33-17 in the second half to pick up the road win.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team improved to 8-1 on the season with victories over the Pillager Huskies on Tuesday, Jan. 2, and the Crosby-Ironton Rangers on Thursday, Jan. 4. Patriots 73, Rangers 44 The Patriots only led the Rangers 34-28 at the half, but they blew their opponents away in the second half - outscoring them 39-16 - to come away with the big victory.
The Pequot Lakes boys basketball remained undefeated in the MidState Conference with a 64-38 win over Park Rapids on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and a victory over Detroit Lakes on Friday, Dec. 15, by a score of 70-45. Patriots 64, Panthers 38 In the win over the Panthers, the Patriots lead was just eight points at the halftime break, but they outscored their opponents 42-24 in the second half to pull away. Thirteen different Patriots scored in the game, led by Zach Sjoblad's 17 points.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team split a pair of games last week, falling in a non-conference game to Bemidji on Tuesday, Dec. 12, before topping the Staples-Motley Cardinals Friday, Dec. 15. Patriots 69, Cardinals 34 At Staples-Motley on Friday, Dec. 15, Olivia Lane scored 29 points and Karli Skog scored 21 to lead the Patriots to a 69-34 conference win.
Zach Sjoblad scored 18 points and Jordan Schommer added 13 - including three 3-pointers - as the Pequot Lakes Patriot boys basketball team opened the season with a 54-43 win over the Proctor Rails in a non-conference game on Friday, Dec. 8. "For the first game, I thought we played pretty well," Sjoblad said. "Our defense stood out, and that led to our offense scoring well. We missed a couple of bunnies here and there, but that's expected for the first game."
The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team opened the 2017-2018 season on Thursday, Nov. 30, with new coach Katrina Moody at the helm and earned a 68-47 win over the Pine River-Backus Tigers. The Patriots were led by a 26-point, 13-rebound performance by junior forward Olivia Lane in their victory over their Highway 371 rivals, while Bailey Wynn led the Tigers with 15 points. The Patriots never trailed in the game, building up a quick 11-2 lead behind baskets by Lane, Karli Skog, Lola Rysavy and Addie Hubbard.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot volleyball team hosted its year-end banquet on Monday, Nov. 13, where senior Clare Ganley was named the team's most valuable player. After thanking assistant coaches, team managers, parents and administration, head coach Chris Ganley honored her athletes, beginning with team captains Clarke Ganley, Karli Skog and Sannah Lohmiller for their leadership throughout the season. Skog was awarded the Coach's Award, while Mirjana Ganley was awarded the "Most Spirit" and Addie Hubbard earning Most Improved honors. Lohmiller was named teammate of the year.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot football team earned its first state tournament berth since 2009 with a 56-22 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets in the Section 8-3A championship game at the Fargodome Thursday, Nov. 2. "We have been wanting this game since our freshman year," quarterback Blake Lane said. "Everyone came out with a ton of heart, and that's all we wanted to do." The Patriots kicked off to Perham to start the game, and the Yellowjackets got a quick touchdown on a 29-yard passing score with 10:15 left in the first quarter.