Pequot Lakes: Wiebolt chosen Patriots' MVP
Junior guard Haley Wiebolt was recently chosen most valuable player for the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team at a postseason banquet. Wiebolt, an All-Mid-State Conference selection, led the Patriots with a scoring average of 15.8 points.
Junior guard Haley Wiebolt was recently chosen most valuable player for the Pequot Lakes Patriots girls' basketball team at a postseason banquet.
Wiebolt, an All-Mid-State Conference selection, led the Patriots with a scoring average of 15.8 points. She also had a team-high in assists (8.3 average), steals (3.2) and 3-point shooting (34.3 percent).
Other individual awards for Pequot Lakes, which finished 18-9 overall, included Jessica Faacks, the Patriot Award; Brittny Bzdok, defensive award; Corina Ruud, most improved; and senior tri-captains Kelsey Hart, Caitie Ryan and Emilee Buell, coaches award.
Ruud led the Patriots in rebounding (6.9 average) and blocks (2.7) while Buell had a team-high for two-point shooting (52.2 percent).
Bzdok was also chosen to the All-Mid-State team while Ryan, Hart and Buell received honorable mention. Ryan, Sam Littman, Ruud and Wiebolt were all Echo Journal newspaper athletes of the week during the season while Wiebolt received Brainerd Dispatch Player of the Week.
Pequot Lakes placed Ryan and Buell on the Academic All-State team with a grade-point average over 3.75 while the Patriots combined to earn the Silver Award with a GPA of 3.68.
Letterwinners included Olivia Lane, Karli Skog, Maggie Miska, Littman, Ruud, Faacks, Morgan Lohmiller, Laura Squires, Buell, Hart, Ryan, Wiebolt and Bzdok.
"We lost our top three scorers to graduation, but our returning girls did well," said Pequot Lakes coach Jon Dale, whose team was eliminated by eventual champion Roseau in the North Subsection 8AA semifinals. "Although we didn't make it back to state, it was a nice season and our future looks bright. Our seventh-grade team was undefeated, and our junior varsity and C-teams had great seasons."
Dale added that varsity highlights included: beating both Crosby-Ironton and East Grand Forks twice, defeating Glencoe-Silver Lake at the Wheaties Wallin Holiday tournament, and winning at Staples-Motley in the final regular season game to finish second behind Detroit Lake in the Mid-State Conference standings.