WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes Patriots football team opened its season by blanking the Staples-Motley Cardinals 52-0 on Thursday, Aug. 31. The Patriots used an experienced lineup, with more than 20 seniors returning from a section runner-up team, to cruise past the visiting S-M squad. One of those seniors, Nathan Traut, rushed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 50 yards for a third score. "We came firing," Traut said. "We always started slow last season, but tonight we came out firing."
After a decisive victory over Brainerd a week earlier in the opener, the Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team suffered its first loss in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of visiting Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Tuesday, Aug. 29. W-DC was powered by a 34-kill, 17-dig effort by senior Casey Volkmann. Clare Ganley did have 14 kills for Pequot Lakes.
Pitcher Ethan Lehman was named most valuable player at the Pequot Lakes Patriot baseball team's year-end banquet on Wednesday, June 7. The 12-7 Patriots won the Mid-State Conference title and had a conference record of 8-0. Lehman picked up the victory on the mound in four of those conference games and had an ERA of 0.78. Austin Meister won the other four with an ERA of 2.22. Lehman also led the team in batting average, on-base percentage, hits, doubles and RBIs.
Senior pitcher Taya Salminen of the the Pequot Lakes Patriot softball team was named the team's most valuable player at the team's year-end banquet on Tuesday, June 6. Salminen had a 7-5 record on the mound, pitching 70.2 innings while allowing 117 hits with only 16 walks and 43 strikeouts with an ERA of 4.36. "She did a great job for us this year," coach Bret Sergent said. "When she's in the circle, you know she is going to throw strikes, which is big." Thirteen Patriots lettered this year, with junior Alex Kotaska lettering for the third time.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team saw its 2017 season came to an abrupt end after losing a pair of subsection games. They were first upset by No. 3 Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Raiders 8-5 in nine innings on Wednesday, May 24, before falling to the top-seeded Osakis Silverstreaks 8-6 on Thursday, May 25. On Wednesday, the Raiders scored two runs in the top of the first inning for a quick 2-0 lead, but the Patriots tied it with a run in the bottom of the inning on a double by Karlie Trottier and an RBI single by Alex Kotaska. However, the Patriots left the bases loaded.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team split a pair of games last week - losing the visiting Perham Yellowjackets 9-8 on Tuesday, May 16, and blanking Upsala/Swanville 7-0 on Friday, May 19, in Swanville. The Patriots, 12-5 overall, were scheduled to wrap up the regular season against Walker-Hackensack-Akeley on Tuesday, May 23, before opening the Section 6-2A playoffs with a home game to be determined.
Taylor Olson-Finley was 3-for-4 with two runs and an RBI for No. 2 seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots who eliminated No. 7 Wadena-Deer Creek 15-5 in the opening round of the North Subsection 6-2A softball playoffs on Friday, May 19. The Patriots, 12-8 overall, were scheduled to play Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale in the North Subsection 6-2A semifinals on Tuesday, May 23, at Alexandria. The Wolverines finish 3-18 overall.
The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team swept the Detroit Lakes Lakers by scores of 2-0 and 9-6 on Monday, May 15 - clinching the Mid-State Conference title with an 8-0 record. In the opener, Pequot Lakes pitcher Ethan Lehman allowed just three hits and no walks while striking out seven. Zach Sjoblad was 2-4 with an RBI and Tyler Manley had a hit and scored the second run for the Patriots. Dylan Mesenbrink scored the first run on Sjoblad's single.
The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team was defeated by the Aitkin Gobblers 9-3 in a non-conference game on Monday, May 8. Aitkin scored five times in the bottom of the fifth as the Gobblers bounced back from their first loss of the season. Sam Scheuss finished 2-4 and scored twice for the Patriots, who managed just five hits in the contest. Pequot Lakes, 7-4 overall, is scheduled to host Wadena-Deer Creek in a Mid-State Conference doubleheader on Thursday, May 11. Pequot Lakes 3 5 3 Aitkin 9 7 0
Ali Merta's grand slam helped the Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team earn its fifth straight victory with a 12-7 win over the visiting Aitkin Gobblers 12-7 in non-conference action on Friday, May 5. The Patriots scored three times in the second inning on singles by Bre Sewall and Taya Salminen and eventually a two-run single by Cassandra Haman. Clare Ganley added an RBI single in the third inning and made it 5-0 on singles by Haman and Kaylie Trottier in the fourth.