WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
Leah Fuhrman led the Pierz Pioneers with 28 kills during their first-place finish at the 10-team Pequot Lakes volleyball tournament on Saturday, Sept. 10. The Patriots lost to Aitkin 2-0 the semifinals, but bounced back to down Sebeka 2-1 in the third-place match. The Pioneers rebounded from an opening match loss to Pequot Lakes, and regrouped to win its next five matches, including a 2-0 win over Aitkin in the championship match. Pequot Lakes placed third after sweeping through pool play with 2-0 wins over Pierz, Blackduck, Onamia and Menahga.
Junior running back Nathan Traut scored four touchdowns to help lead the Patriots to a 39-16 win over the Staples-Motley Cardinals in the high school football season opener on Thursday, Sept. 1. Traut rushed the ball 25 times for 133 yards. He also had 31 receiving yards and ran into the end zone on a two-point conversion. Also having a big night for the Patriots were Austin Young, who caught seven passes for 125 yards and a score, and quarterback Max Tangen, who completed nine of 23 passes with a touchdown.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team blanked the the Brainerd Warriors 3-0 on Thursday, Aug. 25, by game scores of 25-20, 25-23 and 25-18 for a three-game sweep in the season opener for both teams. Coach Kate Dale's team never trailed in the first game, while both the second and third games were more closely contested. "We played pretty well, but we had our troubles at times because we need to hit the ball much harder," Dale said. "The win over the Warriors was a big confidence-builder for us though, especially winning it in three games."
The Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team finished second in the Class 2-A state championship game after a 7-0 loss to the Zumbrota-Mazeppa Cougars and their hard throwing left-handed pitcher Morgan Olson at Caswell Park in North Mankato. Olson, who will be pitching next year for the Division I North Dakota State University Bison, struck out 12 Patriots and allowed only singles by Haley Wiebolt and Alex Kotaska.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team, seeded fourth in the West Subsection, was eliminated from the Section 6AA playoffs with an 8-2 loss over the Foley Falcons, seeded No. 3 in the East, in a loser's bracket game on Thursday, June 2, at Dick Putz Field in St. Cloud. The Patriots, who end the season 11-11 overall, had suffered their first playoff loss to defending state champion and East Subsection top-seeded St. Cloud Cathedral 10-3 on Tuesday, May 31.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team earned a trip to the Class AA state tournament for the first time since 2013 after rallying past Pierz 7-5 in the Section 6AA championship game on Thursday, June 2, at Miller Field in Waite Park.
The fourth-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots baseball team used a two-run single by Chad Christianson in the fourth inning to edge the No. 5 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder in the West Subsection 6-2A tournament on Thursday, May 26, in Pequot Lakes.
The top-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots softball team defeated the No. 3 Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Thunder 5-2 behind the hitting and pitching of senior Kathryn Miska, and won the North Subsection 6-2A championship on Thursday, May 26, in Alexandria. On the mound, Miska struck out 14 Thunder batters while allowing just two hits and two walks while allowing two unearned runs. At the plate, Miska was 3-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Barbara Miller finished 2-4 for the Patriots with a run and a double and Haley Wiebolt was 2-4 with a run and an RBI.
Kathryn Miska struck out 13 batters as the top-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots beat the No. 8 Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines 10-0 in the North Subsection 6AA playoffs on Thursday, May 19. The Patriots sent 18 players to the plate in the first two innings as they received nine walks, two hit batters, an error and scored three times in each inning for a 6-0 lead, with the only hit being a single by Laura Squires.The team garnered just five hits in the game, but took advantage of 13 walks as the contest ended in six innings.
Caleb Curtiss finished 2-for-4 with four RBI to lead the Aitkin Gobblers to a 13-3 win over the Pequot Lakes Patriots in non-conference baseball action on Monday, May 23. "Aitkin is a good hitting team, and they come up with big hits to score multiple runs," said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Kotaska. "They also took away some of our big scoring chances with big plays in the outfield or it could have been closer since we left about 12 runners on base. We've had trouble all year coming up with the big hit."