WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
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.
In a Midwest Red Subdistrict football game on Friday, Sept. 16, the Pequot Lakes Patriots survived numerous turnovers in a steady drizzle for a 44-26 win over the Roseau Rams. After the Rams were shut down for a three-and-out, the Patriots struck quickly on their second play when quarterback Blake Lane hit Austin Young with a 51-yard scoring pass, giving Pequot Lakes a 6-0 lead with 9:09 still remaining in the opening period. After the kickoff the Patriots forced another Ram punt.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots assumed a 20-7 halftime lead before the visiting Fergus Falls Otters rallied for a 28-26 victory in Midwest Red Subdistrict high school football action on Friday, Sept. 9. The Patriots, ranked ninth in Class 3A, were hoping to top the Class 4A Fergus Falls squad. "The guys played hard and stayed right with them," said Pequot Lakes coach Chip Lohmiller. "We had trouble with our punts, and we have to limit our errors to win games like this."
Leah Fuhrman led the Pierz Pioneers with 28 kills during their first-place finish at the 10-team Pequot Lakes volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Patriots lost to Aitkin 2-0 the semifinals, but bounced back to down Sebeka 2-1 in the third-place match. The Pioneers rebounded from an opening match loss to Pequot Lakes, and regrouped to win its next five matches, including a 2-0 win over Aitkin in the championship match. Pequot Lakes placed third after sweeping through pool play with 2-0 wins over Pierz, Blackduck, Onamia and Menahga.
Junior running back Nathan Traut scored four touchdowns to help lead the Patriots to a 39-16 win over the Staples-Motley Cardinals in the high school football season opener on Thursday, Sept. 1. Traut rushed the ball 25 times for 133 yards. He also had 31 receiving yards and ran into the end zone on a two-point conversion. Also having a big night for the Patriots were Austin Young, who caught seven passes for 125 yards and a score, and quarterback Max Tangen, who completed nine of 23 passes with a touchdown.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team blanked the the Brainerd Warriors 3-0 on Thursday, Aug. 25, by game scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-18 for a three-game sweep in the season opener for both teams. Coach Kate Dale's team never trailed in the first game, while both the second and third games were more closely contested. "We played pretty well, but we had our troubles at times because we need to hit the ball much harder," Dale said. "The win over the Warriors was a big confidence-builder for us though, especially winning it in three games."
The Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team finished second in the Class 2-A state championship game after a 7-0 loss to the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars and their hard throwing left-handed pitcher Morgan Olson at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Olson, who will be pitching next year for the Division I North Dakota State University Bison, struck out 12 Patriots and allowed only singles by Haley Wiebolt and Alex Kotaska.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team, seeded fourth in the West Subsection, was eliminated from the Section 6AA playoffs with an 8-2 loss over the Foley Falcons, seeded No. 3 in the East, in a loser's bracket game on Thursday, June 2, at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. The Patriots, who end the season 11-11 overall, had suffered their first playoff loss to defending state champion and East Subsection top-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral 10-3 on Tuesday, May 31.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team earned a trip to the Class AA state tournament for the first time since 2013 after rallying past Pierz 7-5 in the Section 6AA championship game on Thursday, June 2, at Miller Field in Waite Park.