WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team improved to 10-1 with a non-conference win over the visiting Albany Huskies 58-43 on Friday, Jan. 13. The Patriots were led in scoring by Olivia Lane leading with 18 points, Karli Skog 14 and Corina Ruud 11.
Adam Casanova's potential winning three-point shot spun out of the basket at the buzzer as the visiting Nevis Tigers edged the Pequot Lakes Patriots 49-47 on Saturday, Jan. 14. "When Adam let the shot fly, it looked good and appeared to be in the basket," Pequot Lakes coach Rich Spiczka said, "but it came out and ended our comeback bid since we trailed most of the way." The Patriots had trailed the entire game until, with 5:10 left, Gage Westlund drained a game-tying 3-pointer to tie it at 40. But the effort fell short and Pequot Lakes dropped to 7-5 overall.
The visiting Pequot Lakes Patriots boys' basketball team played unbeaten Crosby-Ironton closely for the first 21 minutes before the Rangers went on a 15-0 run three minutes into the second half to claim a 72-50 victory in Mid-State Conference action on Tuesday, Jan. 3.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots girls basketball team raised their overall record for the season to 9-1 after a pair of wins last week. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Patriots limited the host Perham Yellowjackets to just 22 points and finished with four players in double digits as they won 57-22. Karli Skog had 14 points for Pequot Lakes while Olivia Lane had 12 points and seven rebounds, Kirsten Skog had 10 points and five assists and Corina Ruud added 10 points. "We played one of our better games of the year," Patriots coach Jon Dale said. Perham 11 11—22
The Pequot Lakes Patriot girls' basketball team suffered its first loss of the season, but still finished second at the Wheaties Wallin Holiday Classic Basketball tournament in Pequot Lakes. The host team powered past the Mora Mustangs 65-45 in the first round on Thursday, Dec. 29, but fell to the Barnesville Trojans 60-43 in the championship game on Friday, Dec. 30.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots defeated the Barnesville Trojans 74-52 in the third-place game of the annual Wheaties Wallin boys' basketball tournament on Friday, Dec. 30, in the Pequot Lakes Athletic Center. The Patriots, who were edged by the Hermantown Hawks 107-99 in the first round, were led in scoring by senior Gage Westlund, who had a career-high 24 points.
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.