WAYNE "WHEATIES" WALLIN
The Pequot Lakes Patriots survived a penalty-filled contest for a 28-12 win over the host Detroit Lakes Lakers in Red Subdistrict football action on Friday, Sept. 29. More than 20 penalties were called in the first half alone as the Patriots grabbed a 7-0 lead at intermission before adding three touchdowns in the second half. The first quarter was scoreless, although Pequot Lakes did move the ball to the Lakers' 14 before turning the ball over on downs.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team picked up one win in three matches last week, beating Walker-Hackensack-Akeley before falling to Park Rapids and Grand Rapids. Patriots 3, Wolves 2 On Monday, Sept. 25, the Patriots traveled to Walker to face the Wolves. W-H-A won the first two games 25-20 and 25-21, but Pequot Lakes bounced back to win the next three 25-15, 25-10 and 15-6.
Senior running back Nathan Traut rushed for 184 yards and three touchdowns as the Pequot Lakes Patriots football team earned a 35-7 victory over the Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton Rebels on Friday, Sept. 22. Defeating the Rebels, who are ranked 10th in Class 3A, is some revenge for Pequot Lakes, which has lost to D-G-F in the past four Section 8-3A title games. Traut rant for touchdowns of seven, 51 and 33 yards as the Patriots improved to 1-2 in subdistrict action and 2-2 overall. Pequot Lakes is scheduled to play at Detroit Lakes at 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 29.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots earned a pair of victories last week - sweeping Sebeka in a non-conference match on Tuesday, Sept. 19, and downing the Staples-Motley Cardinals in Mid-State Conference action on Thursday, Sept. 21. Against S-M, the Patriots controlled things from the start as they posted wins by scores of 25-16, 25-15, and 25-13.
In a non-conference match against Pierz on Tuesday, September 12, the Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team dropped the first game of the night to their opponents but bounced back to win three straight games for a 3-1 victory. "We played well," coach Chris Ganley said. "We had the lead in the first game before Pierz came back to win it." Clare Ganley led the Patriots in the game with 22 kills and 19 digs. Britt Kratochvil had 12 kills, 21 digs and two ace serves. Mariah Rickard had 34 digs and three ace serves while Addie Hubbard had nine kills and a block.
It took almost three days, but the visiting Perham Yellowjackets topped the Pequot Lakes Patriots 32-19 in a Midwest Red Subdistrict football battle on Monday, Sept. 18. The Yellowjackets returned to Pequot Lakes to finish a game that was postponed because of lightning after three quarters on Friday, Sept. 15. But on Monday, Perham showed it was ready for the fourth quarter by scoring 14 straight points on a pair of touchdown passes.
The volleyball teams of Pequot Lakes and Pine River-Backus met twice during the week, with the Highway 371 rivals exchanging victories. The first came in the form of a close five-game victory for the Patriots at home on Thursday, Sept. 7. The Patriots won the first two games by scores of 25-20 and 25-15 before the Tigers came back to post wins of 25-20 and 26-24 to send the game to a fifth and deciding game, which the Patriots won 15-10 on a kill by Karli Skog and three ace serves by Britt Kratochvil. "It was a battle all night long," Patriots coach Chris Ganley said.
The Pequot Lakes football saw a repeat of last year's matchup with Fergus Falls, as the Otters again won a close matchup - 23-21 over the Patriots in a Midwest Red Subdistrict game on Friday, Sept. 8. The Otters first touchdown came with 5:31 left in the opening quarter on a 91-yard passing play and a successful extra point. They connected on another touchdown pass in the second quarter for a 14-0 lead.
The Pequot Lakes Patriots football team opened its season by blanking the Staples-Motley Cardinals 52-0 on Thursday, Aug. 31. The Patriots used an experienced lineup, with more than 20 seniors returning from a section runner-up team, to cruise past the visiting S-M squad. One of those seniors, Nathan Traut, rushed for two touchdowns and returned an interception 50 yards for a third score. "We came firing," Traut said. "We always started slow last season, but tonight we came out firing."
After a decisive victory over Brainerd a week earlier in the opener, the Pequot Lakes Patriots volleyball team suffered its first loss in a 3-1 defeat at the hands of visiting Wadena-Deer Creek Wolverines on Tuesday, Aug. 29. W-DC was powered by a 34-kill, 17-dig effort by senior Casey Volkmann. Clare Ganley did have 14 kills for Pequot Lakes.