WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes junior varsity boys’ basketball team defeated Deer River 67-48 on Thursday, Nov. 30. The Patriots grabbed an early 16-6 lead. Jackson Goerges later hit a 10-foot shot and a three-pointer to make it 31-22 at the break. Brandon Hehir scored eight of the first 10 points of the second half to expand the lead to 41-27. “I thought we really played well for our first game,” said Pequot Lakes coach Brian Lempola. “We shot well, and our two freshmen (C.J. Borleis and Hunter Larson) did a real good job for their first JV action.”
The Pequot Lakes girls’ basketball team earned a pair of non-conference wins to open the season – winning at Pierz 75-69 on Tuesday, Nov. 27, and pounding Bemidji 86-63 at home on Thursday, Nov. 29. “We didn’t play real well at Pierz, but made a nice comeback to win,” said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale. “We really played well (against Bemidji) as we got off to a great start. We blew the game open with an 18-0 run.”
Veteran high school coaches have always stressed the importance of making free throws. Like Carlton Roels, who coached in Pequot Lakes in the 1950s, who said a team will win close games if they shoot at least 70 percent from the free-throw line. That statement was true on Friday, Nov. 30, as Pequot Lakes lost to the visiting Deer River Warriors 53-50 in the non-conference season opener after the Patriots made a dismal four of 22 free throws. Pequot Lakes’ Jordan Redmond led all scorers with 27 points, but he made just three of 16 free throws.
Freshman Haley Wiebolt was honored as the most valuable player on the Pequot Lakes tennis team as a banquet on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Wiebolt finished with a 24-6 record at No. 1 singles. The three-year letterwinner has compiled a 75-12 career record.
THE HAWLEY NUGGETS BUILT A 42-0 HALFTIME LEAD AND HUMBLED THE PEQUOT LAKES PATRIOTS 62-6 IN A HEART ‘O LAKES CONFERENCE GAME ON FRIDAY, OCT. 12. The Nuggets, 7-0 overall and ranked No. 6 in Class A, rolled up 466 yards of total offense while the Patriots combined for just 122. Pequot Lakes, 2-4 overall, are scheduled to play Thief River Falls at 5:45 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18, at the Fargodome.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots played one of their best matches of the season in sweeping the visiting Detroit Lakes Lakers 25-16, 25-6 and 25-19 in a Mid-State Conference volleyball match on Tuesday, Oct. 2. Abby Palmer had eight kills and Sabrina Aldin added 13 set assists for Pequot Lakes, which improves to 2-1 in the conference and 15-5 overall. The Patriots, who hosted Park Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 9, are scheduled to finish the regular season at Pine River-Backus on Thursday, Oct. 11, home against Crosby-Ironton on Monday, Oct. 15, and at Aitkin on Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots rode the legs of junior running back Tyler Tappe, who rushed for 197 yards and three touchdowns, to defeat Crookston 34-20 in Heart O’Lakes Conference football action on Friday, Oct. 5, at Pine River.
The Pequot Lakes extended its win streak to seven matches in a row with a 25-10, 25-9, 24-26, 25-15 win over Crosby-Ironton in Mid-State Conference action on Monday, Oct. 15. The Patriots, 18-5 overall before facing Aitkin on Tuesday, Oct. 16, is scheduled to open Section 8AA play on Thursday, Oct. 25. Against the Rangers, Abby Palmer had 13 kills, six digs and five ace serves to lead the Patriots, who improved to 4-1 in conference play. Pequot Lakes statistics: