WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
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.
The Pequot Lakes football saw a repeat of last year's matchup with Fergus Falls, as the Otters again won a close matchup - 23-21 over the Patriots in a Midwest Red Subdistrict game on Friday, Sept. 8. The Otters first touchdown came with 5:31 left in the opening quarter on a 91-yard passing play and a successful extra point. They connected on another touchdown pass in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead.
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.