WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys basketball team picked up one victory in three tries last week, topping Carlton before falling to Hibbing and Virginia. Patriots 79, Bulldogs 53 At Carlton on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 12 different Patriots scored as the team topped the Bulldogs 79-53. The Patriots rolled to a 43-27 halftime cushion and they didn't let up from there, putting up 36 more in the second half. Austin Young paced the Patriots with 18 points. Zach Sjoblad had 14, Chase Larson had 11 and Tyler Manley had 10.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team closed out the regular season with two wins in three games last week. Patriots 75, Huskies 40 In a Section 7-2A game at Pillager on Tuesday, Feb. 20, the Patriots had four girls in double figures to down the Huskies 75-40. Olivia Lane had 16 points and 14 rebounds with Karli Skog adding 15 points, while Bre Sewall and Addie Hubbard each added 10.
With Olivia and Erika Lane and Karli Skog leading the way, the Pequot Lakes Patriot girls basketball team chalked up two Mid-State Conference wins to improve to 8-1 in the conference and 14-9 overall. Patriots 65, Panthers 50 At Park Rapids on Tuesday, Feb. 13, the Patriots beat their hosts by a score of 65-50 as Olivia Lane tossed in 23 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, and Skog had 17 points as the Patriots won their seventh game of their last eight. The Patriots made 52 percent of their shots in the game.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys basketball team picked up a split in a pair of games last week. On Tuesday, Feb. 13, they beat Crosby-Ironton 62-44 in a Mid-State Conference matchup, but fell to the sixth-ranked Hinckley-Finlayson Jaguars 80-65 on Thursday, Feb. 15. Patriots 62, Rangers 44 Chase Larson drained five 3-pointers in the 18-point win to finish with 15 points, Zach Sjoblad added 15 points of his own and Owen Seidl pitched in with 13 points - including four 3-pointers. The Patriots made 67 percent of their shots, including nine of 12 from behind the arc.
In a Mid-State Conference game on Thursday, Feb. 8, Pequot Lakes junior Olivia Lane scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead the Patriot girls basketball team to a 68-40 win of the Aitkin Gobblers. Included in Lane's rebound total was her 1,000th career board. "She is averaging a double-double for us this year, making her a big contributor on both ends of the floor for us," coach Katrina Moody said. "Rebounds are about wanting to go get it, and to have 1,000 in a career as a junior shows that she is one of the elite players in the area."
The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls' basketball team split a pair of games last week, topping Detroit Lakes 72-54 on Tuesday, Jan. 30, before falling to Crosby-Ironton 48-42 Friday, Feb. 2. Patriots 72, Lakers 54 In Detroit Lakes, the Patriots won behind Olivia Lane and Karli Skog, both of whom scored 21 points. Addie Hubbard had 14 points for the Patriots, who won their fifth consecutive game. The Patriots led their opponents 41-36 at halftime. They then put the game away by outscoring the Lakers 31-18 after the break.
Chase Larson and Dylin Ackerman each scored 14 points to help stretch the Patriot boys basketball team's Mid-State Conference lead to 7-2 with a 70-46 win over the Aitkin Gobblers Tuesday, Jan. 30. The loss was Aitkin's 13th consecutive defeat. The Gobblers made the first basket of the game but the next 15 points went to the Patriots, starting with a 3-pointer by Larson. After two free-throws by Zach Sjoblad, Ackerman scored eight straight points and the Patriots had the lead for keeps.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team downed both their opponents last week, topping the Park Rapids Panthers 74-62 in a Mid-State Conference clash on Tuesday, Jan. 23, before besting the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder on the road Thursday, Jan. 25, by a score of 64-45. Patriots 74, Panthers 62 In Tuesday's victories, Karli Skog led the Patriots with 22 points while Olivia Lane tossed in 19 points and pulled down 16 rebounds. Erika Lane added 14 points for the Patriots.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team earned a split in a pair of games last week, topping Pierz 60-51 on Monday, Jan. 22, before falling to Park Rapids on Friday, Jan. 26. Patriots 60, Pioneers 51 In a non-conference game at Pierz on Monday, senior guard Chase Larson scored a career-high 20 points to help the Patriots secure a nine-point win. Vincent Miska was also in double figures with 10 points, while Sean Ryan scored nine points and Zach Senst had eight. Panthers 67, Patriots 56
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team trailed the Esko Eskomos 23-20 at the half before they exploded for 34 points after the break - holding their hosts to just 12 points in that time - to leave with a 54-35 victory on Thursday, Jan. 18. Senior forward Olivia Lane took things into her own hands as she poured in 24 points and grabbed 16 rebounds to lead the Patriots. Karli Skog backed that with 10 points and Addie Hubbard was right behind her with nine. The Patriots as a whole made 49 percent of their shots and 73 percent of their free throws.