WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
At the Fergus Falls Invitational on Thursday, Oct. 19, both Clare Ganley and Britt Kratochvil piled up 28 kills as the Pequot Lakes Patriot volleyball team finished second overall, winning four games before falling to the Park Rapids Panthers in the championship game. The Patriots opened the tournament by defeating Fosston 2-0 (25-15, 25-16) before beating Hillcrest 2-0 (25-7, 25-12). They then topped the host Otters 2-1 (18-25, 25-17, 15-7) and Breckinridge 2-1 (21-15, 25-20, 15-9) before losing to the Panthers 2-0 (25-20, 25-14).
In East Grand Forks on Wednesday, Oct. 18, the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team ended their regular season on a winning note by blanking the Green Wave 27-0 on a windy night in northwest Minnesota. The Patriots kicked off to the Green Wave to start the game. After their hosts picked up a first down, the Patriot defense held them in place and forced a punt, giving the Patriots the ball at their own 17-yard line.
On Tuesday, Oct. 10, the Pequot Lakes Patriot volleyball team blanked the Thief River Falls Prowlers 3-0 in a non-conference match. Clare Ganley led the Patriots in the match, slamming down 13 kills to go along with six digs and three ace serves. The Patriots won the first game by a score of 25-13, scoring the last 10 points of the game. "It was back-and-forth early, but once we got rolling, we didn't have too much trouble and we played well," coach Chris Ganley said.
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.