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Pequot Lakes was unable to solve the Park Rapids pitching tandem of Brendan Kruchowski and Gabe Bagstad as the Patriots were swept in a Mid-State doubleheader on Monday, May 21. Marcus Klein went 2-3 for the Patriots in Game One, but Kruchowski recorded seven strikeouts in the Panthers' 1-0 win. Cameron Anderson was the hard-luck loser for Pequot Lakes as he pitched 6-plus innings, striking out six Park Rapids batters.
Justin Dykhoff ripped a home run and drove in three runs for the Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines who handed the Pequot Lakes Patriots their first loss of the season 8-0 in a non-conference baseball game on Monday, May 14. Noah Ross went 3-4 for W-DC, which has won 12 in a row and is 13-1. The Patriots, who are scheduled to play a doubleheader at Pillager on Friday, May 18, drop to 11-1 overall. Jake Dykhoff pitched a complete-game shutout for the Wolverines. He struck out 12, didn't walk a batter and allowed just four hits. Zach Sjoblad contributed a double for the Patriots.
Senior Clare Ganley went a combined 4-for-5 for the Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team, which fell 7-2 and 4-0 against the Mid-State Conference leading Park Rapids Panthers on Monday, May 14. Ganley finished 2-3 in the opener and 2-2 in the nightcap while Karlie Trottier contributed a double and drove in a run for Pequot in Game One. PL was 6-4 in the conference and 9-5 overall. Park Rapids is ranked fourth in Class 2A and is 17-1 overall and 9-1 in the conference. Game One Park Rapids 7 8 1 Pequot Lakes 2 7 5
In a Mid-State conference doubleheader on Tuesday, May 1, the Pequot Lakes Patriot softball team swept the visiting Staples-Motley Cardinals by scores of 17-1 in the first game and 22-2 in the second. Ari Merta finished 3-for-5 with a home run and a double as the Patriots outhit the Cardinals 11-2 in the first game and 15-2 in game two. She also hit a triple in the second game. Alex Kotaska also tripled in the second game, and Karlie Trottier had a big day at the plate, batting in four runs in each game. Bre Sewall had both a double and a triple in the first game.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot softball team got two complete games from eighth-grade pitcher Morgan Eckes, but had to settle for a two-game split as the Detroit Lakes Lakers won the first game of a doubleheader by a score of 8-4, despite getting just one hit off of Eckes. The Patriot allowed nine walks and three errors in the game on Tuesday, April 24. In the second game, however, the Patriots bounced back with a 5-3 win in the second game, with Eckes pitching a no-hitter.
In a non-conference game on Friday, April 27, the Patriots moved their record to 4-0 with 19-9 win over the Pine River-Backus Tigers. Austin Meister had a big day at the plate for the Patriots as he went 3-for-5 with five RBIs. Chase Larson had two hits for the Patriots to drive in a pair of runs. For the Tigers, Luke Sechser drove in three runs and and Nick Ackerman had two hits. The Patriots outhit the Tigers 11-2. Deven Psyck got the win on the mound for the Patriots. Pequot Lakes 19 4 2 PR-Backus 9 6 11
On Wednesday, March 7, at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team saw their season come to an end in a 62-43 loss to the top-ranked Proctor Rails in the semifinals of the Section 7-2A tournament. The Patriots got off to a strong start against the Rails, jumping out to an 8-0 run off a pair of 3-pointers by Bre Sewall.
The No. 2-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team's season came to an end on Saturday, March 10, as they were eliminated by the No. 3-seeded Barnum Bombers 69-59 in the Section 7-2A quarterfinals. Zach Sjoblad led the Patriots with 18 points and Austin Young contributed 11 for a Pequot Lakes team that finishes the season with a 17-11 record. Barnum 29 40—69 Pequot Lakes 26 33—59 BARNUM
The Pequot Lakes boys' basketball team finished the regular season 16-10 overall after splitting a pair of games last week - defeating Pine River-Backus 78-55 on Tuesday, Feb. 27, and losing to Perham on Friday, March 2. Pequot Lakes was seeded No. 2 in the first subsection and was scheduled to open the Section 7-2A playoffs against No. 7 Aitkin on Tuesday, March 6. That winner advances to play at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Romano Gymnasium at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Patriot 78, Tigers 55
On Thursday, March 1, the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team opened play in the Section 7-2A tournament by pounding the Pillager Huskies 71-29. "We definitely played better than we did the last time we played Pillager," coach Katrina Moody said. "We didn't come out very well the last time, but I told them it's tournament time. It doesn't matter who you are playing, you have to step on the floor like it's the last time this season - because it could possibly be. They definitely took that to heart."