WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
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
The Patriots volleyball team welcomed Corina Ruud back from an injury and the team improved to 13-4 overall of the season by sweeping both the Detroit Lakes Lakers at home on Tuesday, Oct. 4, and the Nevis Tigers on Thursday, Oct. 6, in Nevis. In the win over the Lakers, Ruud had 12 kills and two blocks as the team posted 25-18, 25-23 and 25-17 victories. Clare Ganley add seven kills, five ace serves and nine digs in the contest.
An admirable defensive effort of limiting Park Rapids to 83 totals yards of offense help the visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots football team defeat the Panthers 26-7 in Midwest Red Subdistrict action on Friday, Oct. 7. Pequot Lakes spotted Park Rapids an early 7-0 lead, but the remainder of the game belonged to the Patriots, who assumed a 12-7 advantage before the opening quarter would end.
Cameron Erb rushed for 135 yards and three touchdowns as the Detroit Lakes Lakers held off the injury-plagued Pequot Lakes Patriots in a Midwest Red Subdistrict football game on Friday, Sept. 30. The Lakers assumed a 27-7 lead before the Patriots rallied in the second half to pull within two points. Detroit Lakes eventually held on to improve to 4-1 overall while Pequot Lakes fall to 2-3. The Lakers struck first on Erb's touchdown run, but the Patriots tied it 7-7 before the first quarter would end on Max Tangen's 52-yard pass to Zach Sjoblad.
The Pequot Lakes volleyball team won two of its three matches last week, and is now 11-4 on the season. On Thursday, Sept. 29, in Frazee, the Patriots downed the Hornets by scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-21. Earlier in the week in a home match on Monday, Sept. 26, they blanked the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Wolves by scores of 25-18, 25-22 and 25-18. Their only loss of the week came at home on Tuesday, Sept. 27, when the visiting Park Rapids Panthers handed them a 3-0 Mid-State Conference loss by scores of 25-14, 25-22 and 25-21. The loss evened their conference mark at 1-1.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team raised their overall record to 9-3 with victories over Sebeka on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and Staples-Motley on Thursday, Sept. 22. At home against the Trojans on Tuesday, it took all five games before the Patriots claimed a 3-2 win. "We worked really hard," senior Corina Ruud said. "We struggled with some things, like getting in rotation and getting the ball down ... Of course, Sebeka is a strong team that plays smart, but we were able to overcome and take the win."
The visiting Perham Yellowjackets spoiled the Pequot Lakes Patriots' homecoming, beating them 29-13 on Saturday, Sept. 24, as several Patriots were injured and the team turned the ball over numerous times. "I think the game was a lot closer than it looked like," coach Chip Lohmiller said, "but we had way too many penalties and turnovers." The Patriots led 7-0 at the start when Calvin Maske returned the opening kickoff 74 yards for the score only 16 seconds into the game.