WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes Patriot football team earned its first state tournament berth since 2009 with a 56-22 victory over the Perham Yellowjackets in the Section 8-3A championship game at the Fargodome Thursday, Nov. 2. "We have been wanting this game since our freshman year," quarterback Blake Lane said. "Everyone came out with a ton of heart, and that's all we wanted to do." The Patriots kicked off to Perham to start the game, and the Yellowjackets got a quick touchdown on a 29-yard passing score with 10:15 left in the first quarter.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team saw its season come to an end on Tuesday, Oct. 31, as the team fell to the top-seeded Park Rapids Panthers 3-1 in the South Subsection 8-2A championship game. The Panthers used a come-from-behind surge to win the first game 26-24 and won the second 25-21 before the Patriots came back with a 25-23 victory in the third. In the fourth game, the Panthers answered back with a 25-18 victory to end the Patriots' season. The Patriots were led by Clare Ganley in the game. She had 14 kills and one ace serve.
The second-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots football team built an early lead and then used an outstanding defensive effort to cruise past the third-seeded Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels 34-0 in the Section 8-3A semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 28.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team advanced in the Subsection 8-2A tournament after a pair of weekend victories. They began with a 3-0 sweep of the No. 7 Staples-Motley Cardinals on Friday, Oct. 27, before topping the No. 3-ranked Perham Yellowjackets in a wild 3-2 victory. Patriots 3, Perham 2 The Patriots won the first two games against Perham by scores of 25-22 and 25-21 before the Yellowjackets won the next two 25-23 and 25-20. The final game saw the Patriots leading the whole way, with Perham getting as close as 7-6 before the Patriots pulled away.
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."