WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
In Detroit Lakes on Friday, Dec. 16, the Pequot Lakes Patriots boys basketball team topped the Lakers 71-68 by making some key free throws down the stretch. The Patriots built a big 36-17 lead in the first half, only to have to hold as as the Lakers outscored them 51-35 in the second half. The team was led by Cody Huss, who scored 24 points and Gage Westlund had 22. The Lakers took a late 66-65 lead but the Patriots answered by going on a 6-2 run to claim the three-point victory.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team improved to 4-0 on Tuesday, Dec. 13, by beating the Bemidji Lumberjacks 67-35 in a non-conference game. Karli Skog led the Patriots with 14 points, Corina Ruud had a double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds and Olivia Lane had six points and 11 rebounds. The Patriots jumped out to an 11-6 lead at the start and would stretch that to 19-7 on a layup by Kristin Skog, two free throws by Ruud and a layup by Karli Skog. They would continue building their lead, going into halftime up 30-13 after a layup by Sam Littman.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team opened its 2016-2017 season on a winning note by downing the Pine River-Backus Tigers 55-33 behind a double-double by Olivia Lane - scoring 16 points and grabbing 12 rebounds - and a 13-point performance by Corina Ruud. "It was a typical first game for both teams, with lots of turnovers and mistakes," Patriots coach Jon Dale said. "But it's always nice to get a win in the first game." The Tigers, who also lost to Menahga on Tuesday, Nov. 29, got 15 points from Bailey Wynn and nine from Annie Semmler.
Corina Ruud and Emily Stevens were honored by the Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team at a recent awards banquet. Ruud was chosen most valuable offensive player while Stevens received most valuable defensive player for the Patriots, who finished 20-8 overall. Ruud and Stevens are joined by six other seniors for Pequot Lakes - Taya Salminen, Quinn Kratochvil, Molly Dotty, Alexia Rickard, Sam Littman and Alie Johanneck. Other letterwinners are juniors Karli Skog, Sannah Lohmiller and Clare Ganley, sophomore Britt Kratochvil and freshman Mariah Rickard.
Senior quarterback Max Tangen was selected most valuable player at a recent Pequot Lakes Patriots football team awards banquet. Tangen completed 74 of 167 passes for 1,524 yards and 16 touchdowns for the Patriots, who finished 7-4 overall. Tangen also received the Patriot Award. Chosen the team's most valuable offensive player was junior receiver Austin Young, who caught 43 passes for 973 yards and 11 touchdowns. Junior Maxx Schindel was chosen defensive MVP after leading Pequot Lakes with 58 tackles and 57 assists.
In the South Subsection 8-2A Championship volleyball match on Tuesday, Nov. 1, the top-seeded Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines sent the No. 4 Pequot Lakes Patriots home, blanking them 3-0. The Wolverines topped the Patriots by scores of 25-21, 25-14 and 25-22. "We didn't play very well in the first two games," coach Kate Dale said. "We had a three-point lead late in the game, but let that slip away."
The Pequot Lakes Patriot football team made the long trek to Fargo on Thursday, Nov. 3, but had the misfortune of going home with a 31-20 to the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels in the Section 8-3A championship game at the Fargodome. The was the fourth consecutive section title game between the two teams, with the Rebels winning all four. "I think we played great," coach Chip Lohmiller said. "We have had a lot of injuries and we don't have much depth, but the guys stepped up and played really, really well.
The Pequot Lakes Patriot volleyball team beat Barnesville in the opening round and upset Park Rapids to advance to the subsection finals. Pequot 3, Park Rapids 1 In Park Rapids on Friday, Oct. 28, the Patriots volleyball team upset the top-seeded Park Rapids Panthers 3-1 to move on to the South Subsection 8-2A title game. The Panthers won the first game 25-19 before the Patriots won the next three by scores of 25-20, 25-14 and 25-23.
The fourth-seeded Pequot Lakes Patriots football team upset the top-seeded Aitkin Gobblers 14-0 in the Section 8AAA semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 29. The Patriots, 7-3 overall after five straight wins, advance to face Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton in section final at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Fargodome. Pequot Lakes assumed a quick 7-0 lead on Nathan Traut's 2-yard carry. The scoring drive was set up by a fumble recovery at the Gobblers' 30-yard line.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team managed to blank the Crosby-Ironton Rangers 3-0 in a Mid-State Conference match on Tuesday, Oct. 18. They did so behind 13 kills and four blocks by Corina Ruud and 17 set assists by Quinn Kratochvil along with her ace serve and three digs. The Patriots won by game scores of 25-19, 25-21 and 25-19 to finish the regular season with a record of 20-7. "I don't think we played our best but we did OK at times, and the Rangers are a pretty good team with a strong hitter in Shyanne Loiland," Coach Kate Dale said.