WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
A pair of Pequot Lakes Patriots softball players made their first varsity games memorable as the Patriots downed the visiting Pillager Huskies 8-4 in non-conference action on Thursday, April 9. Both junior Kathryn Miska and freshman Alex Kotaska had big debuts for the hosts. Miska pitched a complete game to earn the victory as she allowed three hits while striking out 14 and allowing just two earned runs. She also had a big day at the plate by going 4-for-4 with two RBI.
Junior Hunter Larson was chosen most valuable player for the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team at a banquet on Monday, March 23. Larson averaged 12.4 points, 2.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and had 26 steals. He shot 37.8 percent from the field, 35.5 percent from 3-point range and 63.6 percent at the free-throw line. Larson and junior teammate CJ Borleis were both first-team All-Mid-State Conference selections. Borleis averaged 14.0 points, 6.6 rebounds and added 59 assists and 48 steals.
Junior guard Haley Wiebolt was recently chosen most valuable player for the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team at a postseason banquet. Wiebolt, an All-Mid-State Conference selection, led the Patriots with a scoring average of 15.8 points.
Sophomore guard Kiley Borowicz scored 45 points to lead No. 3 Roseau past second-seeded Pequot Lakes 72-63 in the North Subsection 8AA semifinals on Saturday, March 7, at Bemidji State University. Borowicz's eighth-grade sister, Kacie, added 11 points for the Rams, 22-6 overall before advancing to play top-seeded Crookston in the subsection final on Tuesday, March 10. Pequot Lakes finishes with a 18-9 record. The two-time defending section champion Patriots led 37-28 at halftime on Saturday.
Both the Pequot Lakes' junior varsity and C-team finished successful boys' basketball seasons. The Patriots' JV squad was 22-3 overall while the C-team was 19-3. Against Staples-Motley on Feb. 20, the JV team built a 26-17 halftime lead on way to a 61-27 win. Nathan Traut paced the Patriots with 16 points while Cody Huss added 13, Anthony Popehn 12, Andy Voges seven, Zach Sjoblad five, and Kirk Johnson and Austin Young four each. On Feb. 21, the Patriots' season ended with a 70-58 victory over Minnewaska Area.
The visiting Pequot Lakes girls' basketball team edged the Staples-Motley Cardinals 56-55 on Tuesday, Feb. 24, in Mid-State Conference action that wasn't decided until the final seconds. The Patriots, who finish the regular season 7-3 for second place in the conference and 17-8 overall, are seeded second and will host No. 7 East Grand Forks in the Section 8AA quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 5. Against the Cardinals, the Patriots trailed 53-50 with 2:45 remaining before Pequot Lakes' Sam Littman hit a 10-foot shot to reduce the deficit.
The third-seeded Pequot Lakes boys' basketball team had an admirable effort, but fell short against second-seeded Crosby-Ironton 50-44 in the North Subsection 8AA semifinals on Saturday, Feb. 28, at Bemidji State University. "I'm really pleased with the effort of our guys, and they left it all on the court," said Pequot Lakes coach Ben Starns, whose team finishes 12-15 overall while the Rangers improved to 21-7 and advanced to face Crookston in the subsection semifinals on Tuesday, March 3.
A big hug and a friendly handshake go out from "Wheaties" Wallin to all of those people who organized and worked hard to make the benefit and scholarship dinner a success. Also a big "Wheaties" hug goes to the 550 people who came to the spaghetti dinner and to all of those who helped serve and those who bid on the silent auction items. Patty Buell and her crew did a great job with the delicious meal and all of them get a big "Wheaties" hug, as do all the people who collected and those who donated silent auction items.
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.