WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
In the Pequot Lakes Patriots won their fourth straight game on senior night Friday, Oct. 13, when they pummeled the Thief River Falls Prowlers 35-0. With several starters - including running back Nathan Traut and quarterback Blake Lane - out with injuries, Coach Chip Lohmiller looked to his bench players for much of the game. "The kids played well and, for the most part, did a nice job," Lohmiller said.
Britt Kratochvil pounded 18 kills and 24 digs in the Pequot Lakes Patriots' 3-2 win over the Nevis Tigers in a non-conference volleyball match on Thursday, Oct. 5. The Patriots, who improved to 13-5 overall, lost the first two games by scores of 25-15, 25-16 before rallying to win the next three 25-17, 25-21 and 15-11. Clare Ganley added 10 kills and 25 digs for the Patriots. Kate Bolz-Andolshek contributed three crucial kills, two digs and two blocks for Pequot Lakes.
On Friday, Oct. 6, the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team picked up a homecoming night victory in a 55-8 win over Park Rapids, raising its overall record to 4-2 on the season. The Patriots struck early and often in cruising past the winless Panthers. "I saw a lot of great team chemistry," senior wide receiver Austin Young said. "Everyone is starting to work together ... We came in prepared. We've always known Park Rapids will hit us hard, but we were ready and we blew them out of the park."
The Pequot Lakes Patriots survived a penalty-filled contest for a 28-12 win over the host Detroit Lakes Lakers in Red Subdistrict football action on Friday, Sept. 29. More than 20 penalties were called in the first half alone as the Patriots grabbed a 7-0 lead at intermission before adding three touchdowns in the second half. The first quarter was scoreless, although Pequot Lakes did move the ball to the Lakers' 14 before turning the ball over on downs.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team picked up one win in three matches last week, beating Walker-Hackensack-Akeley before falling to Park Rapids and Grand Rapids. Patriots 3, Wolves 2 On Monday, Sept. 25, the Patriots traveled to Walker to face the Wolves. W-H-A won the first two games 25-20 and 25-21, but Pequot Lakes bounced back to win the next three 25-15, 25-10 and 15-6.
Senior running back Nathan Traut rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns as the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team earned a 35-7 victory over the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels on Friday, Sept. 22. Defeating the Rebels, who are ranked 10th in Class 3A, is some revenge for Pequot Lakes, which has lost to D-G-F in the past four Section 8-3A title games. Traut rant for touchdowns of seven, 51 and 33 yards as the Patriots improved to 1-2 in subdistrict action and 2-2 overall. Pequot Lakes is scheduled to play at Detroit Lakes at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots earned a pair of victories last week - sweeping Sebeka in a non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and downing the Staples-Motley Cardinals in Mid-State Conference action on Thursday, Sept. 21. Against S-M, the Patriots controlled things from the start as they posted wins by scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-13.
In a non-conference match against Pierz on Tuesday, September 12, the Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team dropped the first game of the night to their opponents but bounced back to win three straight games for a 3-1 victory. "We played well," coach Chris Ganley said. "We had the lead in the first game before Pierz came back to win it." Clare Ganley led the Patriots in the game with 22 kills and 19 digs. Britt Kratochvil had 12 kills, 21 digs and two ace serves. Mariah Rickard had 34 digs and three ace serves while Addie Hubbard had nine kills and a block.
It took almost three days, but the visiting Perham Yellowjackets topped the Pequot Lakes Patriots 32-19 in a Midwest Red Subdistrict football battle on Monday, Sept. 18. The Yellowjackets returned to Pequot Lakes to finish a game that was postponed because of lightning after three quarters on Friday, Sept. 15. But on Monday, Perham showed it was ready for the fourth quarter by scoring 14 straight points on a pair of touchdown passes.
The volleyball teams of Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus met twice during the week, with the Highway 371 rivals exchanging victories. The first came in the form of a close five-game victory for the Patriots at home on Thursday, Sept. 7. The Patriots won the first two games by scores of 25-20 and 25-15 before the Tigers came back to post wins of 25-20 and 26-24 to send the game to a fifth and deciding game, which the Patriots won 15-10 on a kill by Karli Skog and three ace serves by Britt Kratochvil. "It was a battle all night long," Patriots coach Chris Ganley said.