WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
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.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday, Oct. 31, as the team fell to the top-seeded Park Rapids Panthers 3-1 in the South Subsection 8-2A championship game. The Panthers used a come-from-behind surge to win the first game 26-24 and won the second 25-21 before the Patriots came back with a 25-23 victory in the third. In the fourth game, the Panthers answered back with a 25-18 victory to end the Patriots' season. The Patriots were led by Clare Ganley in the game. She had 14 kills and one ace serve.
The second-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots football team built an early lead and then used an outstanding defensive effort to cruise past the third-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels 34-0 in the Section 8-3A semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 28.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team advanced in the Subsection 8-2A tournament after a pair of weekend victories. They began with a 3-0 sweep of the No. 7 Staples-Motley Cardinals on Friday, Oct. 27, before topping the No. 3-ranked Perham Yellowjackets in a wild 3-2 victory. Patriots 3, Perham 2 The Patriots won the first two games against Perham by scores of 25-22 and 25-21 before the Yellowjackets won the next two 25-23 and 25-20. The final game saw the Patriots leading the whole way, with Perham getting as close as 7-6 before the Patriots pulled away.