WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes Patriot softball team downed the visiting Bertha-Hewitt-Verndale Raiders 7-4 as Bret Sergent earned his 300th coaching victory in non-conference action on Friday, April 28. "It's nice to win 300, but I have had some really good players during all those (26) years," Sergent said. "My assistant coaches (Monica Sergent and Chad Rudbeck) have been here for most of them, and they know the game and do a great job with the girls." The Patriots took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Karlie Trottier tripled to right field and scored on an error.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team shut out the Pine River-Backus Tigers 11-0 behind a combined no-hitter by pitchers Ethan Lehman and Austin Meister in non-conference action on Friday, April 21. Lehman pitched three perfect innings to start the game and allowed one walk while striking out five in four innings. "I didn't realize Lehman had a no-hitter going when I put Austin (Meister) in the game," said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Kotaska. "I was just trying to get some work for Austin since we already had a good lead."
The Pequot Lakes Patriot softball team used a nine-run eighth inning to beat the Perham Yellowjackets 12-4 in a non-conference game Friday, April 21, in Perham. The Patriots trailed by two runs going into the seventh inning before tying the game and forcing extra innings. Pequot Lakes then won in the eighth inning as they capitalized on five walks and a hit batter for a convincing win. Cassandra Haman hit a two-run double in that uprising while Kenzie Nelson and Karlie Trottier each added two-run singles and Clare Ganley had an RBI hit.
Alex Kotaska went 3-3 with a triple, two doubles, three RBI and four runs for the host Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team, which silenced the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder 19-0 in four innings on Thursday, April 13. Taya Salminen ripped a pair of doubles while Karlie Trottier and Bre Sewall contributed singles for the Patriots, who finished the game early by the 15-run rule. Pequot Lakes also took advantage of 13 walks. Salminen also picked up her third straight win on the mound by striking out six. She also has not walked a batter in the last three games.
Tyler Manley drove in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning for the Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team in their 2-1 non-conference victory over the host Milaca Wolves Thursday, April 13. The game was scoreless until the top of the 11th inning when Zach Sjoblad reached on an infield single and Manley followed with an RBI double. Manley eventually scored on an error to make it 2-0.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team, which finished the 2016-17 season with a 20-8 record, hosted its annual year-end banquet on Monday, April 3, where sophomore forward and leading scorer Olivia Lane was named the team's most valuable player. Head coach Jon Dale began the event by thanking his coaching staff - middle-level coaches Chad Rudbeck and Brett Dale and JV coach Kate Dale - along with district activities director Marc Helmrichs. "All our teams did well," Dale said. "The C team was 18-0, the JV team was 20-6 and the varsity team was 20-8."
The Pequot Lakes Patriot baseball team opened its season by beating the visiting Pillager Huskies 9-5 on Thursday, April 6, behind a 3-for-3 day at the plate by Tyler Manley. Manley picked up the team's first hit in the first inning, then hit an RBI double in the third before belting a two-run home run in the fourth. He missed his chance for the cycle when he was hit by a pitch in the fifth inning. The Patriots gave up a 4-0 lead by the third inning, but managed to come back in the bottom half of the third, scoring six times to take a two-run lead.
Senior Gage Westlund and junior Zach Sjoblad were chosen co-most valuable players for the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball banquet. Westlund and Sjoblad were both All-Mid-State Conference selections. The Patriots' Cody Huss also earned all-conference while Nathan Traut received all-conference honorable mention. Other Pequot Lakes awards included: Traut, Mr. Hustle award; Sjoblad, most versatile; Andy Voges, most improved player; and Noah Borleis and Huss, co-best teammate award.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team fell 61-43 to the top-seeded Esko Eskomos in the Section 7-2A quarterfinals on Saturday, March 11. Pequot Lakes assumed a 24-19 halftime lead, but the Eskomos had other ideas as they outscored the Patriots 42-19 after the intermission break. The Patriots held Esko's 7-foot-3-inch Adam Trapp to just six points in the first half before he broke loose for 23 more points, including seven dunks, to finish with 29 points.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot boys basketball team dropped their regular season finale to the Perham Yellowjackets 57-53 in a non-conference game on Friday, March 3. "I was proud of the way the kids played," coach Rich Spiczka said. "We did a lot of good things and were right there with a chance to beat a very good basketball team at their place. I think it was a great effort by our guys to close out the regular season."